Submission Guidelines

Waccamaw accepts unsolicited submissions of poems, stories, and essays during two submission periods annually: January 15-February 15 and August 1-31.

Submissions are accepted only via our online Submission Manager system. Unsolicited submissions received through other channels cannot be accepted or acknowledged. We accept files in Word, Rich Text, or Adobe formats (.doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf).

The editors encourage interested authors to read previous issues of Waccamaw before submitting, and should know we are a revolving, evolving crew. We all agree, though, that the diversity of race, culture, class, sexuality, gender identity, philosophy, religion, and experience of our contributors and their worlds is important to us.

We want to have an experience when we read. We like experimentation, quirks, texture. We want the belonging of naming while owning nothing there.

Here are a few brief words from the current editors of each genre on their aesthetic preferences:


Lend us the part of yourself–the imagination, the reality, your brutal honesty, your infectious lies–the part of yourself least explored.

Creative Nonfiction

We love creative nonfiction that reverberates, revealing unspoken truths, whether seeped or spewed, opening the reader to new experiences of form and life


We want your raw, your real, your hypes.

Special Projects:

We like visiting your galaxies, small and loud, soft and fast, bold, ugly, old. We want you to bring us home to unfamiliar worlds. We want to see you when you want to be seen, and glimpse how and when and why you vanish.

Authors should limit submissions to 3-5 poems, one story, or one essay (prose submissions preferably under 7,500 words). Please make only one submission in a single genre per reading period. Response time is approximately 2-4 months.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please inform us if submitted work is accepted elsewhere before you receive our response. We do not consider submissions of previously published work in any form (including prior internet publication).

Waccamaw acquires only the first serial publication rights of accepted work. Copyright is asserted on behalf of the author, and all reprint rights revert to the author upon publication.

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