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  


SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES

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.”

Introducing SPLASH! and the HWP Print Pool...

SPLASH!, our revamped online showcase for fiction and poetry, is set to debut in early 2018. Works accepted for publication in SPLASH! are sourced primarily from our no fee reading periods. Up to four works per year may be selected for direct paid print publication. Occasionally, works submitted in other categories and contests may be offered online publication in lieu of print. These works automatically enter the HWP Print Pool making them eligible for future offers of paid print publication. 

New From the Press in 2018...
Tin Can Literary Review...more details to come!

Payment…

Haunted Waters Press is a paying market for print publication. We offer Grand Prize and cash payments equivalent to semi-professional to professional rates. All competitions entries are considered for paid print publication. SPLASH! publication offers exposure only and eligibility for future offers of paid print publication. 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.)

A word on our no fee reading periods, reading fees, and entry fees...

For online SPLASH! publication and Penny Fiction submissions, we offer alternating no fee reading periods from January though July. We review the first 200 submissions per month. We suggest submitting early. Reading and entry fees for other competitions and calls for submissions vary from free to a nominal reading fee. All competition entries are considered for paid print publication. We at HWP never want financial hardship to silence a story that needs to be told. If you cannot afford a reading fee where one is required, please contact us for alternate arrangements.

Multiple works/submissions...

Yes! Please see individual listings for details.

Simultaneous submissions...

Simultaneous submissions are welcome in most categories with the exception of our no fee reading periods and Penny Fiction. For your convenience, Expedited Decision submissions are reviewed within seven days. Please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere. See individual listings for more details.

2018 PATHS TO PUBLICATION
  • Haunted Waters Press Fiction Open 
  • Haunted Waters Press Poetry Open
  • Short Shorts Flash Fiction Competition
    November 2017 - July 2018
    Grand Prize $250 & Print Publication for each competition
    Rolling response or within 60 days of closing
    All entries considered for paid print publication
  • Expedited Decision
    December 2017 - August 2018
    7 Day Response
    For consideration in all publications and venues
  • Penny Fiction 2018
    December 2017/January, March/April, June/July
    Submissions close upon receipt of 200 submissions per reading month
    Rolling response or within 30 days of closing
    For paid print publication in From the Depths & the Penny Poster Collection
  • SPLASH!
    February/May/August 2018
    Submissions close upon receipt of 200 submissions per reading period
    Rolling response or within 60 days of closing
    For consideration in SPLASH! and entry in the HWP Print Pool

Check back for updates and additional submission opportunities. For additional guideleins see individual listings below.

Thank you! We look forward to reading your work!

This form is intended for use by Authors and Poets previously published by Haunted Waters Press. If that's not you, what are you waiting for? Go write something brilliant and submit


We are in the process of giving the Haunted Waters Press website a complete makeover. We are very excited about the upcoming changes. The new site will include an updated home for online fiction and poetry, regular news features, and a place to showcase HWP Contributor profiles. That's where you come in! Our goal is to feature a sampling of contributors from each issue representing a variety of genres. Not all profiles will be published upon launch of the new site, but we hope to grow the showcase throughout the year. If you have been published by HWP and would like to be included on the site, please fill out the form below and upload up to three photographs. Testimonials and reviews are optional and may be quoted on the website or in other publications. 


Regarding photographs:  All images will be cropped square and reduced to a web friendly size. We can make a large image smaller, but it is very difficult to make a small image larger. So try to avoid thumbnail images. Ideally, your photos will be around 500KB and at least 1000 pixels square. You don't need to hire a professional photographer, but it would be great if your photos look like you did! Does it need to be a formal business attire  type of photo? Absolutely not! Have fun with it! But keep in mind, we probably won't publish a photo of you and your cat eating potato chips on the couch. Not that we're judging! But hey, our goal is to draw readers in.  Check out this article for tips and tricks for taking awesome author photographs: https://bookinabox.com/blog/how-to-take-author-photo/


Thank you!



DETAILS

Short Shorts Flash Fiction Competition is open to all new, emerging, and established writers. 

We seek flash fiction of 500 words or less.

Multiple entries, simultaneous submissions, and previously published works permitted.*

Accepting entries between November 2017 - July 31, 2018. 

Notifications to be sent as decisions are made or within 30 days of closing.

Grand Prize winning entry and Runners Up to be announced no later than August 31, 2018.

All entries considered for paid print publication.


GRAND PRIZE

$250 and publication in the 2018 issue of From the Depths.

Featured Author Interview to accompany published work.

RUNNERS UP

All entries considered for publication in the 2018 issue of From the Depths.

Contributors to be paid $20 for each published story. 

Featured Author Interview showcased online at Haunted Waters Press.


SUBMISSIONS

All entries accepted via Submittable.

$10 reading fee per entry. 


*Multiple Entries, Simultaneous Submissions & Previously Published Works...

    • Up to three works of flash fiction per entry. Multiple entries permitted.
    • Previous online publication is fine, but entries must not have appeared in print. Please be certain there are no known copyright restrictions. Please provide publication details for all previously published works. Questions? Contact us prior to submitting.
    • Simultaneous submissions are permitted. Please notify us if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere. Entries with conflicting publication rights are no longer eligible. Entry fees are nonrefundable. 

    Thank you. We look forward to reading your work.
    Haunted Waters Press now seeking works of fiction and poetry for consideration in the 2018 issues of From the Depths and Tin Can Literary Review. Accepting submissions between December 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018 via The Tip Jar for Expedited Decision. (Our Free Reading Periods are held in the months of February, May and August.)

    In order to continue offering no fee reading periods to our contributors and to keep 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—and will help support the journal's continued operation and publication.

    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 seven days of submitting via The Tip Jar.

    PAYMENT
    Selected works to be paid 1-4 cents per word for fiction and $20 for poetry. Occasionally, works submitted via The Tip Jar may be offered online publication in SPLASH! in lieu of print. These works automatically enter the HWP Print Pool making them eligible for future offers of paid print publication. SPLASH! is a non paying venue. 

    SUBMISSION & FORMATTING GUIDELINES

    • Open to all themes, genres and writers.
    • We seek fiction of 10,000 words or less, flash fiction, and poetry of any length. 
    • Multiple submissions welcome. Please limit each submission to a single work of fiction or up to four works of poetry.
    • Simultaneous Submissions are welcome via The Tip Jar for expedited seven day response.
    • Previous online publication is fine, but works must not have appeared in print. Please be certain there are no known copyright restrictions and provide publication details for all previously published works. Questions? Contact us prior to submitting.
    • Formatting: Clean and easy to read: double spaced, readable font, white pages, black type. Poetry formatted as you would like it to appear.

    Thank you. We look forward to reading your work.

    New in 2018!  Haunted Waters Press is pleased to announce the split of the HWP Fiction & Poetry Open! We now offer individual Grand Prize Payments of $250 for fiction, poetry and flash fiction.  For poetry, please see the Haunted Waters Press Poetry Open. For flash fiction 500 words and under, please see the Short Shorts Flash Fiction Competition.


    DETAILS

    The Haunted Waters Press Fiction Open is open to all genres, themes, and writers.

    We seek fiction of 10,000 words or less.

    Multiple entries, simultaneous submissions, and previously published works permitted.*

    Accepting entries between November 2017 - July 31, 2018.

    Notifications to be sent as decisions are made or within 30 days of closing.

    Grand Prize winning entry and Runners Up to be announced no later than August 31, 2018.

    All entries considered for paid print publication.


    GRAND PRIZE

    $250 and publication in the 2018 issue of From the Depths and/or Tin Can Literary Review.

    Featured Author Interview to accompany published work.

    RUNNERS UP

    All entries considered for publication in the 2018 issues of From the Depths and/or Tin Can Literary Review.

    Selected works to be paid 1 to 4 US cents per word.

    Featured Author Interview showcased online at Haunted Waters Press.


    SUBMISSIONS

    All entries accepted via Submittable.

    $10 reading fee per story. 


    *Multiple Entries, Simultaneous Submissions & Previously Published Works...

    • Multiple entries permitted. Please submit each story as an individual entry.
    • Previous online publication is fine, but entries must not have appeared in print. Please be certain there are no known copyright restrictions.  Please provide publication details for all previously published works. Questions? Contact us prior to submitting.
    • Simultaneous submissions are permitted. Please notify us if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere. Entries with conflicting publication rights are no longer eligible. Entry fees are nonrefundable. 


     

    Thank you. We look forward to reading your work.

    New in 2018!  Haunted Waters Press is pleased to announce the split of the HWP Fiction & Poetry Open! We now offer individual Grand Prize Payments of $250 for fiction, poetry and flash fiction.  For fiction, please see the Haunted Waters Press Fiction Open. For flash fiction 500 words and under, please see the Short Shorts Flash Fiction Competition.


    DETAILS

    The Haunted Waters Press Poetry Open is open to all genres, themes, and poets.

    We seek poetry of any length. 

    New in 2018! Up to three works of poetry per entry.

    Multiple entries, simultaneous submissions, and previously published works permitted.*

    Accepting entries between November 2017 - July 31, 2018

    Notifications to be sent as decisions are made or within 30 days of closing.

    Grand Prize winning entry and Runners Up to be announced no later than August 31, 2018.

    All entries considered for paid print publication.


    GRAND PRIZE

    $250 and publication in the 2017 issue of From the Depths.

    Featured Author Interview to accompany published work.

    RUNNERS UP

    All entries considered for publication in the 2018 issue of From the Depths.

    Poetry payments of $20 per accepted piece.

    Featured Author Interview showcased online at Haunted Waters Press.


    SUBMISSIONS

    All entries accepted via Submittable.

    $10 reading fee per entry. 


    *Multiple Entries, Simultaneous Submissions & Previously Published Works...
    • Multiple entries permitted.
    • Previous online publication is fine, but entries must not have appeared in print. Please be certain there are no known copyright restrictions.  Please provide publication details for all previously published works. Questions? Contact us prior to submitting.
    • Simultaneous submissions are permitted. Please notify us if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere. Entries with conflicting publication rights are no longer eligible. Entry fees are nonrefundable. 


    Thank you. We look forward to reading your work.

    Ends on July 31, 2018

    Haunted Waters Press seeks exceptionally small works of flash fiction to be showcased in Penny Fiction, a regular feature of the literary journal, From the Depths. Stories will also appear in the Penny Fiction Poster Collection. 


    DETAILS

    Penny Fiction is open to all new, emerging, and established writers. 

    We seek flash fiction stories told in exactly 18 words—no more, no less.

    One submission per author, per reading period. Multiple stories per submission encouraged.

    No previously published works.

    Penny Fiction submissions are welcome in three reading periods:

    December (2017)/January, March/April, June/July

    Notifications to be sent as decisions are made or within 30 days of closing.

    See additional guidelines below.


    PAYMENT

    $3.00 per published piece.

    (That’s a professional rate of .20 cents per word— enough for a hot cup of coffee to sip while you pen your next brilliant work of incredibly short fiction!)


    SUBMISSIONS

    All entries accepted via Submittable.

    Free to submit!

    In order to respond in a timely manner, submissions are limited to 200 per month. We will temporarily close submissions after receipt of the first 200 and then reopen on the first day of the second month.


    PENNY FICTION 2018 FULL GUIDELINES

    Tell us story in exactly 18 words—no more, no less. Extra points will be awarded for those writers who adhere to the guidelines. Not really. There are no points. Just read the guidelines below and impress Penny with your ability to follow instructions.

    The Lovely Submission:

    • One submission per author, per reading period. (Contributors are encouraged to submit multiple stories in a single file, but may only transmit one submission per reading period.) One story is fine. Four is cool. Twenty is borderline obnoxious. We like obnoxious! Just remember: a single submission with multiple stories!

    • Each Lovely Penny is a short story told in exactly 18 words—no more, no less. Titles are not included in word count, but should not be an extension of the story.

    • No theme requirements. Looking for inspiration? Follow Penny Fiction on Facebook for prompts and inspiration.

    • No poetry, tag lines, or jokes.   

    • Previously unpublished works only.

    • If you make an error during the submission process, please DO NOT withdraw your submission and resubmit. Contact HWP for corrections. We are happy to assist.

    The Dreadful Cover Letter:

    • Include one interesting fact about yourself in 13 words or less.

    • Undertakers and cat herders earn extra points.

    • If we do not find you interesting, we reserve the right to make you appear more interesting.

    • No long lists of previously published works. No cut ‘n paste author bios.

    • Confused? Download a free copy of one our past issues and check out “The Lovely Pennies.” 


    We look forward to reading your work!
    Haunted Waters Press