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Submission Guidelines
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Thank you for your interest in Haunted Waters Press.  Please take a moment to review our submission guidelines. Prior to submitting, visit our Submissions page for our open calls for submissions. 
WHO MAY SUBMIT
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.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
We seek previously unpublished works unless otherwise stated in the call for submissions.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. Works of creative nonfiction should be real stories about real people, events, and ideas and should be eloquently written, thoughtful and compelling. As a general rule, we do not accept erotica. Profanity and violence, if used, must be integral to the story. We do not accept simultaneous submissions.
HOW TO SUBMIT 
Prior to submitting, please visit our Submissions page for our current calls for submissions. Each call for submissions will contain a link to our online submission manager where you will be prompted to create an account if you do not already have one. Enter the title of your piece, write a short cover letter, and upload your work. In your cover letter please include your contact information, the title(s) of your piece, and a brief three to four sentence author’s bio as you would like it to appear upon publication.  Attach your submission and send. Please note: Penny Fiction submissions are currently accepted by email only. Please see our Submissions page for full details.
FORMATTING REQUIREMENTS
We prefer all submissions to be sent as Word documents in .docx format, however we will accept doc, txt, and rtf if necessary. Formatting should be 1” margins, left justified, double spaced, Times New Roman 12 pt. font. Poetry should follow the same guidelines with the exception of double spacing. Please submit poetry as you would like it to appear upon publication. If special poetry formatting is required, please send as a PDF document. Please include your name and email address in the top left corner of the first page, followed by word count or poetry line count.  The title of your work should be centered with the author’s byline below it followed by the work. Your byline should be exactly as you wish it to appear upon publication. If you have questions or difficulties with the formatting or would like to request an alternate submission format please drop us note. We are happy to work with you.
IF YOUR WORK IS ACCEPTED
We will ask you to sign a contract granting HWP non-exclusive worldwide publication print and/or electronic media rights. Payment varies from project to project. Online publications and anthologies are typically “for the love of the project.” Please see individual calls for submissions for more details.
IF YOUR WORK IS DECLINED 
Just because something isn’t right for HWP, doesn’t mean it isn’t right for another market.  In some cases, we simply feel the work word benefit from another publishers perspective. Let us know if there is anything we can do to assist you in your path to publication.

Thank you once again for your interest in Haunted Waters Press. Please visit our Submissions page for current calls for submissions.
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Thank you for your interest in Haunted Waters Press. Please read our general guidelines below and refer to individual listings for additional details including payment and response times. Reading periods are as follows:

2017 SUBMISSIONS CALENDAR

  1. Haunted Waters Press Fiction & Poetry Open
    November 2016 - June 2017

  2. Short Shorts Flash Fiction Competition
    November 2016 - June 2017

  3. From the Depths Expedited Decision
    January 2017 - August 2017

  4. From the Depths Free Reading Periods* 
    February/May/August

  5. Penny Fiction Flash Fiction Reading Periods*
    December/January, March/April, June/July

  6. Check back for updates and additional submission opportunities.

  7. *No fee submissions are limited to 200 submissions per month of each reading period.


WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

If you are new to Haunted Waters Press, we encourage you to explore the website to get to know us better. Here 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.”

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.

WHO MAY SUBMIT

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..

HOW TO SUBMIT

Prior to submitting, please visit our Submissions page for our current calls for submissions and writing competitions. Each call for submissions will contain a link to our online submission manager where you will be prompted to create an account if you do not already have one. Enter the title of your piece, write a short cover letter, and upload your work. 

PAYMENTS

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 Open, Expedited Decision, Penny Fiction Submissions, or our Free Reading Period. 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.

NO FEE SUBMISSIONS/READING FEES/ENTRY FEES

For publication in From the Depths, we offer three no fee reading periods hosted in the months of February, May and August. We review 200 submissions per no fee reading period. We suggest submitting early in the month. Penny Fiction submissions are also free to submit. Reading and entry fees for other competitions and calls for submissions vary from free to a nominal reading fee. 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.

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS

Simultaneous submissions for consideration in From the Depths are only accepted via the Haunted Waters Press Fiction & Poetry Open, Short Shorts Flash Fiction Open and Expedited Decision. Expedited Decision submissions are reviewed within seven days. Please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere. For all other publications, see individual listings.

FORMATTING REQUIREMENTS

We prefer an easy to read font, black type on white pages. But don’t fret over it too much.

IF YOUR WORK IS ACCEPTED

We will ask you to sign an Author’s Agreement granting HWP exclusive first worldwide publication print and/or electronic media rights. Haunted Waters Press holds these publishing rights for ninety days following publication and non-exclusive print, electronic and archival rights for the full term of copyright. Copyright remains with the author. See author’s agreement for details.

IF YOUR WORK IS DECLINED

Just because something isn’t right for HWP, doesn’t mean it isn’t right for another market.  In some cases, we simply feel the work would benefit from another publisher’s perspective. Let us know if there is anything we can do to assist you in your path to publication.

Thank you once again for your interest in Haunted Waters Press. Please visit our Submissions page for current calls for submissions.

From the Depths No.15

Coming Fall of 2017


HWP Fiction & Poetry Open

November 2016 - June 2017


Short Shorts: Flash Fiction Competition

November 2016 - June 2017


Expedited Decision

January 2017 - August 2017


Free Reading Periods*

February/May/August


Penny Fiction 2017*

Flash Fiction

December/January

March/April

June/July

*No fee submissions are limited to

200 submissions per month of each reading period.


From the Depths 2016

PUBLISHED!


Penny Fiction 2016

PUBLISHED!


Web Editions

COMING SOON!

THE DOWN & DIRTY GUIDELINES
Read the latest issue of From the Depths
Open Calls for Submissions
Penny Fiction
Contact Haunted Waters Press
THE STORY BEHIND THE PRESS
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Thank you for considering Haunted Waters Press. Our expected response time is under 30 days. The best way to find out if Haunted Waters Press can provide  the best showcase for your work is to read an issue of From the Depths or browse our online literary content. Thank you again. We look forward to reading your work.
THE STORY BEHIND THE PRESS

Thank you for considering Haunted Waters Press. Our expected response time is under 30 days. The best way to find out if Haunted Waters Press can provide  the best showcase for your work is to read an issue of From the Depths or browse our online literary content. Thank you again. We look forward to reading your work.

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