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24 Hour Super Moon Poetry/Flash Fiction Contest

All artwork ©2014 Susan Warren Utley and Haunted Waters Press

Artwork ©2014 Susan Warren Utley and Haunted Waters Press

In honor of tonight’s Super Moon, Haunted Waters Press is hosting a 24 Hour Super Moon Poetry/Flash Fiction Contest! The winning entry will be showcased in the Fall 2014 issue of From the Depths. The contest begins at noon today! All entries must be received no later than noon on Monday, August 11th. Here’s how it works:

Submit works of poetry or flash fiction inspired by the artwork above and the Fall 2014 theme “The Space Between.” (See below.) Poetry limited to 40 lines including space between stanzas. Flash Fiction between 13 and 250 words. DO NOT INCLUDE: vampires, ghosts, murder, torture, or blood. (Not that there’s anything wrong with those—just not for this round.) As a reminder, we do not publish erotica, liberal use of profanity or sex, or works that are insensitive to cruelty involving children or animals.

How to enter:
Submit your entries via our online submission manager. All contributors will receive an automated reply acknowledging receipt of entry. Winning entry will receive additional correspondence. While we appreciate your generosity and support of the journal, Tip Jar entries receive no additional perks—all entries are judged on the merits of the work alone.

Link to Submissions:

The Results:
The winning entry will be announced on our Facebook page on or before Tuesday, August 12th 2014. The winning author will be notified by email with a link to the Author’s Agreement which must be returned within 24 hours of receipt. If the winning author fails to return the agreement within the allotted timeframe, a runner up will be selected.

Theme: The Fall 2014 issue of From the Depths will feature visually artistic works blending both the real and the fantastic to create a stunning and unique look at the ordinary. Explore the spaces between dreaming and waking, truth and fabrication, reality and illusion. Experimental literature, surrealism, and magical realism desired, but not essential. We seek a range of works from the sublime to the quirky, the nostalgic to the profound, the familiar to the distinctive and haunting.

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New from the HWP Poster Collection

Now available from HWP:

“If you have a pencil and a sheet of paper, you have everything you need.”

This poster is printed on 80# cover stock 12″ x 18″.

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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:

Flash Friday: Penny Dreadful’s 42 Lovely Words


John Tenniel’s original illustration Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

“Rule Forty-two. All persons more than a mile high to leave the court.”

― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 The King of Hearts proclaims that Rule Forty-two is the oldest rule in “the book.” The book, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, contains forty-two illustrations and the copyright expired forty-two years after publication. Haunted Waters Press editor, Penny Dreadful, is selecting exceptionally small works of flash fiction to be showcased in Penny Fiction, a regular feature of the literary journal, From the Depths.  Extra points will be awarded for entries with a connection to the Summer 2013 theme, and for those writers who adhere to the rules. Not really. There are no points. Just read the contest rules below and impress Penny with your ability to follow instructions.

Theme: Conversations
Media: Online/Electronic/Digital/Print
Publication Date: June 2013
Deadline: May 31, 2013

Here are the abbreviated Penny Fiction/Creative Procrastination submission guidelines:

  • Submit your original, unpublished 42 word story by email. (See link below.)
  • Multiple entries okay. One is fine. Four is cool. Twenty is borderline obnoxious.
  • Include one interesting fact about yourself in under 13 words. No cut ‘n paste author bios. Undertakers and cat herders earn extra points. If we do not find you interesting, we reserve the right to make you appear more interesting.
  • “Like” Haunted Waters Press and Penny Dreadful on Facebook and follow us on Twitter: @Haunted_Waters and @PennyFiction

***The fine print: Penny Fiction is a “for the love of the flash” project. Authors receive exposure only, no monetary payment. Not even a penny. Haunted Waters Press holds electronic and print publishing rights for ninety days following publication, archival rights forever. Penny Fiction submissions may also appear online at Haunted Waters Press as Scattered Pennies. Copyright remains with the author. Entry is taken to be acceptance of these conditions and rules, winning authors will sign an Author’s Agreement. Yay for publishing contracts! To submit your entry direct to Penny Dreadful, full submission details with a link to Penny’s email can be found  on the Haunted Waters Press Submissions page.

Good luck!

Flash Friday: Penny Dreadful Winners


Congratulations to Jay Finn and Twin Creeks Llamas! Penny Dreadful has selected  the following entries to be included in the Spring 2013 issue of From the Depths:

“Free admission, pay at the door.”
-Jay Finn

Still snowbound. Out of dog food.
-Twin Creeks Llamas

Penny will contact you via Twitter with a link to the Author’s Agreement. Congratulations!

Thank you to everyone else who entered! Be sure to check out our open calls for submissions including the latest Penny Fiction Competition.



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