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Calls for Submissions, A New Issue & Running With Scissors


If you haven’t visited the Haunted Waters Press website lately, there is a lot going on:

From the Depths Now Available in Print

From the Depths Winter 2012-2013

By Haunted Waters Press in From the Depths

56 pages, published 2/1/2013

The Winter 2012-2013 Anniversary issue of From the Depths features works of fiction and poetry from M.B. Baken, Robert Earle, Danny LaLonde, Heather Kwolek, Kate LaDew, Jason Stocks and more; creative nonfiction from Adela Fine; and the third installment of Penny Fiction featuring stories of 50 words or less from Rebekah Postupak, Ronald Morris, Meredith Foster and more. From the Depths is a publication of Haunted Waters Press released in the months of March, June, September and December.

Letter from the Editors

Click here to read the Summer 2012 issue of From the Depths.

From the Summer 2012 issue of From the Depths:

Dear Friends,

No letter. Just a summer challenge to try new things, relive some special moments, and enjoy life. Here’s a little checklist to help you get started.

  • Read a classic
  • Write daily.
  • Walk in a river.
  • Sleep in a hammock.
  • Try oysters…or eat more.
  • Go barefoot.
  • Take moments for yourself.
  • Spend time with your loved ones. (You never know what the next season will bring.)
  • Play like you are ten years old again. Think mud pies & catching frogs.
  • Laugh often and smile more.
  • Explore your world.
  • …but no hitchhiking.
  • …or picking up hitchhikers.
  • …ever.

Be safe & have a good one.

Our best,
Susan & Savannah

Letter from the Editors

Click the cover image to read the Spring 2012 issue of From the Depths.

From the Spring 2012 issue of From the Depths:

Dear Readers,

There is a star on the calendar today. It marks the six month anniversary of Haunted Waters Press and the second issue of From the Depths. When we embarked on this new chapter in our lives, we knew it would be a struggle. We knew there would be money going out and little or none coming in. There would be friends and family who would support us, and sadly, those who secretly hoped we would fail. There would be writers eager to jump on board, and others who would snub us for being too new. But we accepted the challenges and pushed forward. A penciled list of goals and a loose timeline served as a business plan. We designed a logo and claimed our little virtual spot on the web. We embarked on a marketing campaign to get our name out there, and soon we were accepting submissions for the first issue of our literary journal, From the Depths.

So why the star? Rejection. Yes, as we discovered, even publishers and editors get rejected. As part of our marketing campaign, we applied to several listing sites providing resources for writers. We were rejected. We were told that the vast majority of small, independent publishing companies won’t survive beyond the six month mark. “Write us when you publish your second issue.” It felt like a slap in the face. We couldn’t help but be reminded of the first rejection letters we received as writers. They expected us to fail, to give up, to walk away. We placed a star on our calendar and moved forward.

Well, here we are, six months and two issues later, defying the odds and not even close to closing our doors. In fact, things are moving along at an accelerated pace. We are moving beyond our little virtual spot on the web and into a designated space with walls, furniture and our name in little gold letters on the door. We’ve purchased a printing press and a large assortment of type, ink and other printing sundries. Still, there is more money going out than coming in, and there are those who still expect us to fail. But, there are others more important. Those who support us and have faith in our endeavors. They are our friends, our family, our writers, and our readers. Thank you. We couldn’t have done it without you.

This issue of From the Depths is about change. What better symbol of change than the butterfly? Much like the journey of the caterpillar, Haunted Waters Press is in a constant state of change. We set out on our journey inching our way along the branches of the indie publishing world. As we checked off items on our penciled list of goals, we entered the cocoon. And now, as we progress along our timeline, we are beginning to emerge. We don’t know what color our wings will be, but we know are getting ready to fly to unexpected places. Thank you for taking this journey with us. Enjoy.

Best regards,
Susan Warren Utley
Savannah Renée Warren
Editors, Haunted Waters Press

From the Depths: Spring 2012 Cover Art

The Spring 2012 issue of From the Depths, the literary journal of Haunted Waters Press, will be available on March 1st. Here is a sneak peek of the proposed cover art. If you are considering submitting to this issue, there is still time to contribute. The theme is change. Think rebirth, transformation, new beginnings, doors that open or close, change for the better or the worse, changing seasons, or even a change of pace. Go beyond the ordinary with a change in identity or a biological metamorphosis. Let your imagination wander and surprise us. Please see our Submissions page for more details.

To get a better idea of the type of work we are looking for, check out the Winter 2011 issue. Use the link in the sidebar or visit From the Depths at HWP. Enjoy!

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