an annual review of literature at the Hamline University Graduate
of Liberal Studies, is currently seeking submissions for our
Fall 2008 issue.
Frequently Asked Questions
All submissions should be original, unpublished work.
Submissions accepted from October 1 through December 15, each
Manuscripts must be typed or printed in proper format on white
paper, in English, one side only, double-spaced for prose.
Cover letters should be brief. Author's name should not appear on the
Fiction and creative nonfiction manuscripts must be limited to
5,000 words. Novel and memoir excerpts are acceptable
as long as they stand on their own.
Poetry submissions must be limited to five poems or less, twenty
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but the writer must withdraw
the manuscript immediately if it has been accepted
Entrants may submit only one submission per category.
Please include a SASE for result. Manuscripts will be recycled,
Payment is in two copies of the issue in which the authors
Submissions should be sent to Water~Stone Review, Graduate
School of Liberal Studies,
Hamline University, MS-A1730, 1536 Hewitt Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104-1284.
In general, submissions are read between October 1st and December 15th.
Please review the
Frequently Asked Questions for more detailed information.
CLICK TO print submission guidelines (.pdf)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I have to be a published writer to submit
to Water~Stone Review?
No. Water~Stone Review publishes emerging
as well as well-known writers.
What happens if I send my submission before
or after the reading dates?
If you send your submission before October 1, Water~Stone
Review will hold your submission
until that time. However, if you send your submission after December 15,
we cannot accept it and will
have to recycle it.
If I submit to the Prose or Poetry Prize, does my work automatically
get considered for
general Water~Stone Review submissions?
Yes. In making their final decisions on content,
the editors and editorial board select from among the finalists
in both Prize and general submissions.
When will I be notified of a decision about my general submission
to Water~Stone Review?
What about my entry to the Prose or Poetry Prize?
The editors begin their selection process in January.
General submissions are notified from January through May,
when the last part of the process is completed. Prize submissions are
notified in April or May, as soon as the final
judge has made his/her final decision.
What does my entry fee of $10 for the poetry or prose prize pay for?
The $10 entry fee pays for the prize money that
is awarded to the contest winners, the judge's fee, and a copy of
the next Water~Stone Review issue. Any proceeds over that contribute
to the cost of printing and distributing the review.
Who gets a complimentary copy of Water~Stone Review?
Everyone who enters the Prose or Poetry Prize contest
receives a complimentary copy of Water~Stone Review.
All contributors receive two complimentary copies of that issue of Water~Stone