HAUNTED WATERS PRESSSubmissions Calendar
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Thank you! We look forward to reading your work!
Jump in! The water is warm!The 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 explore our 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.
In 2021, we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of our annual literary journal, From the Depths, featuring exceptional works of prose and poetry. It is released in the fall of each year in print and digital formats. Penny Fiction can be found in the pages of From the Depths and in the Penny Fiction Poster Collection. A steady stream of online literary content from our contributing authors is featured within the pages of SPLASH! (More SPLASH! details below!) Our most recent project, Tin Can Literary Review, debuts in 2021. We are excited to begin reviewing works for the second edition.
SPLASH! and the HWP Print Pool . . .
SPLASH! is the Haunted Waters Press online showcase for fiction and poetry. Each work is accompanied by custom artwork, the author's bio, and a link to the author's profile featured in the HWP Contributor Showcase. Acceptance announcements and publication details are shared on our Facebook page and Instagram platforms. Works published in SPLASH! automatically enter the HWP Print Pool making them eligible for future offers of paid print publication.
Payment . . .
Haunted Waters Press is a paying market for print publications. We offer cash payments equivalent to semi-professional to professional rates. SPLASH! publication offers online exposure and eligibility for future offers of paid print publication. Please see individual listings for details. (All monetary payments are in US dollars processed via PayPal. Processing fees from foreign currency transactions may be deducted. 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 submission dates . . .
We offer pop-up, no-fee submission periods for consideration in SPLASH! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for announcements! There is no reading fee for Penny Fiction submissions. We review the first 200 Penny Fiction submissions per month. We suggest submitting early. 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. Publisher reserves the right to extend submission dates.
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.
Formatting requirements . . .
We prefer an easy to read font, black type on white pages. 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 and electronic rights for the full term of copyright. Copyright remains with the author. See author’s agreement for details. HWP will use reasonable efforts to contact each contributor, however, the inability to reach a contributor, the return of any notification as undeliverable, or a contributor's failure to sign and return the requested agreement will result in forfeiture of offer of publication, awards, recognition, and payment. Yikes! We don't want that to happen! PLEASE keep your contact information updated, check your email spam settings, and respond in a timely manner!
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.
Check back for updates and additional submission opportunities. For full guidelines see individual listings below.
Thank you! We look forward to reading your work!