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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 As a reminder, we do not publish erotica, liberal use of profanity or sex, or works that are insensitive to cruelty involving children or animals.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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Happy Birthday Savannah Renée


"here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)"

-ee cummings
©E. E. Cummings Trust and the Liveright Publishing Corporation

Savannah Renée, you are without a doubt, the person who has made the most impact on my life and who I have grown to be. Without you, my life would be incomplete. I would be incomplete.

Today, on your 27th birthday, I look back on my life with you and it plays like a movie in my mind. Flashes of a girl running through the woods, chasing ducks and climbing trees, eating strawberries fresh from Grandma’s garden, white confetti floating in the air after a toss of a bean bag chair (from the year you discovered scissors), and long blonde hair under giant yellow sunflowers pinned to floppy hats (you always had a style all your own).

I remember our first moments alone together. I’ll be the first to admit I was terrified. You were so small, I thought you might break. The idea of you so big, I was certain I would fail. But there you were needing me and I needing you. Somehow we managed. You didn’t break and we didn’t fail. I became a better person because of you. And you? You became the sun and the moon and the stars in my sky, the root of my life that keeps me grounded. Happy Birthday, Savannah. You are beautiful. I love you.

“I carry your heart. I carry it in my heart.”

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.

Haunted Waters Press Releases the Winter 2012-2013 Issue of From the Depths

Haunted Waters Press is proud to present the Winter 2012-2013 Anniversary issue of From the Depths now available for viewing at the Haunted Waters Press website, on our Facebook page, and on

The release of our fifth issue marks a turning point for the journal, as well as Haunted Waters Press.  Four seasons have passed since we embarked on this journey with a penciled list of goals and a loose timeline that served as a business plan. With each issue, we have grown and our goals and plans for the journal and the press have evolved.  Within these pages, we commemorate the successes of our first year in publication with hints from the past. We also celebrate the upcoming seasons of change with a glimpse into the future of the journal.  In this issue we pay tribute to A Life Less Ordinary, the very idea that inspired the creation of Haunted Waters Press. Once again we thank you for joining us on this extraordinary journey. Enjoy.

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

FTD Winter 2012

Haunted Waters Press Releases the Fall 2012 Issue of From the Depths

Haunted Waters Press is proud to present the Fall 2012 issue of From the Depths now available for viewing at the Haunted Waters Press website, on our Facebook page, and on The Fall 2012 ” Dark & Dreadful” issue features fiction and poetry from Michael Sidman, Gwendolyn Edward, S.D. Wilson, Rebekah Postupak,  Chad W. Lutz, and more. Enjoy new works from returning contributors Hillary Lyon and Robert E. Petras.  Be sure to check out the second installment of Penny Fiction featuring 13 word stories from Kirby Light, Tina Wayland, Janel Gradowski, and Jenny Twist.  Enjoy!

From the Depths Fall 2012

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