Haunted Waters Press

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Thank you for considering Haunted Waters Press. We are an independent publisher located in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia along the banks of the Shenandoah River. We publish works from new, emerging, and established writers. We are interested in stories that entertain us, stories that captivate us, but most of all, stories that haunt us. We look forward to reading your work!

Susan Warren Utley
Savannah Renée Spidalieri 
Editors, Haunted Waters Press  

What we are looking for…

Our goal is to bring to our readers engaging fiction in the forms of poetry, prose poetry, short stories, and novellas. We welcome both the profound and the quirky. We are open to most styles and genres of fiction and enjoy all forms of poetry. While some selections are made available in electronic formats and traditional print, others will be offered as handbound originals and paper ephemera as we strive to celebrate the art of the book and letterpress printing. Our print studio consists of three presses including the Cooks Victor, the Baltimore #14 and a vintage sign press. 

If you are new to Haunted Waters Press, we encourage you to visit our website to get to know us better. There you will find news and information about our small press as well as links to recent publications. Downloading free copies of our latest issues will help you get a better feel for the kinds of work we tend to publish and the level of attention paid to each and every published piece. From the Depths features custom artwork inspired by our contributors’ works to create a cohesive collection of prose, poetry and art. It truly is a labor of love. We hope you enjoy what has been described as “one of the most compelling and beautifully illustrated literary journals.”


Previously a “For the Love of the Project” endeavor, Haunted Waters Press is now a paying market. We offer Grand Prize and cash payments equivalent to semi-professional to professional rates for works accepted for print publication in From the Depths via the HWP Fiction & Poetry Open, Short Shorts Flash Fiction Competition, Expedited Decision, Penny Fiction Submissions, and/or our Free Reading Periods. As we introduce new opportunities for writers, some competitions and Web Editions will offer exposure only; others will offer cash prizes, publication, or a combination of both. Please see individual listings for details. (All monetary payments are processed via PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account, you can set up a free account upon receipt of automatic payment notification from PayPal to the email address you supply.)

  • Haunted Waters Press Fiction & Poetry Open
    November 2016 - June 2017 (Extended to July 31, 2017)
  • Short Shorts Flash Fiction Competition 
    November 2016 - June 2017 (Extended to July 31, 2017)
  • From the Depths Expedited Decision
    January 2017 - August 2017
  • From the Depths Free Reading Periods*
    February/May/August (Limited to 200 submissions per reading period.)
  • Penny Fiction 2017*
    December (2016)/January, March/April, June/July
*No fee submissions are limited to 200 submissions per month of each reading period.

Check back for updates and additional submission opportunities. Please visit our website for detailed submission guidelines and see individual listings below.

Thank you! We look forward to reading your work!