All submissions should be original, unpublished work.
Submissions accepted from November 1 through December
15, each year.
Manuscripts must be typed or printed in proper format on white
paper, in English, one side only, double-spaced for prose.
Fiction and creative nonfiction manuscripts must be limited to
5,000 words. Novel and memoir excerpts are acceptable
Poetry submissions must be limited to five poems or less, twenty pages total.
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 results. Manuscripts will be recycled, not returned.
Payment is in two copies of the issue in which the authors work appears.
In general, submissions are read between November 1st and December 15th.
Please review the
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 November 1, Water~Stone Review
will hold your submission
If I submit to the Prose or Poetry Prize, does my work automatically
get considered for
Yes. In making their final decisions on content, the editors and editorial
board select from among the finalists
When will I be notified of a decision about my general submission
to Water~Stone Review?
The editors begin their selection process in January. General submissions
are notified from January through May,
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
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.