Thank you for your interest in Haunted Waters Press. Please read our general guidelines below and refer to individual listings for more details including payment and response times. Open calls for submissions are listed below. Reading periods are as follows:

  • Haunted Waters Press Chapbook Series (Upcoming)
    Year round. 
  • From the Depths Literary Journal
    January through May for free submissions. Year round for works submitted via The Tip Jar.
  • The Tip Jar: From the Depths Expedited Decision
    Year round.
  • Penny Dreadful’s Flash Fiction Competition
    Competition reading periods vary. Please visit our website or follow us on Facebook for announcements. 
  • Letterpress Submissions (Upcoming)
    Reading periods vary.  

General Guidelines For All Submissions:

Eligibility…
Authors must be 18 years of age or older to submit to Haunted Waters Press. You must also be the sole author of the work submitted and own the rights to the work. Unagented and agented works are subject to the same review process and guidelines.

What we are looking for...
If you are new to HWP, please visit our website to get to know us and read an issue of our literary journal From the Depths. We seek previously unpublished works unless otherwise stated in the call for submissions. We welcome both the profound and the quirky. We are open to most styles and genres of fiction including speculative, dark, experimental, and literary. We love flash fiction of any word count as long as it tells a complete story. We enjoy all forms of poetry including experimental, rhyming, free verse, and invented form. While we welcome deep, meaningful poetry, we also enjoy works that are witty, peculiar, or offbeat. As a general rule, we do not accept erotica. Horror only upon request. Profanity and violence, if used, must be integral to the story. When in doubt...read an issue!

Multiple Works/Submissions…
Yes! Please see individual listings for details.

Simultaneous Submissions…
Simultaneous submissions for consideration in From the Depths are only accepted via The Tip Jar and are reviewed within seven days. We also accept simultaneous submissions for the HWP Chapbook Series. Please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere.

A Few Words on The Tip Jar...
From the Depths and the Penny Fiction Flash Fiction Competition are "for the love of the project" endeavors. In order to keep journal submissions free to our contributors and our digital editions free to read online, we are placing the tip jar on the counter. If you feel inclined to make a small donation, please consider submitting via The Tip Jar. Your donation will be used for the care and feeding of From the Depths--a very hungry journal.

With regards to the judging criteria, all submissions are treated equally, regardless of how they are submitted. However, to thank you for your kind donation, our editors will expedite the submission process and respond to the author within one week of submitting via The Tip Jar.

The Tip Jar is open year round with a very short break to transition to the upcoming issue. If you prefer to submit during our five month free reading period, please check out the upcoming theme details and get writing! We'll look for your work in January!

Thank you. We look forward to reading your submission.

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