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. But here is our current manifesto:

We hope to make a space of electric welcoming. We find that homogeneity and dominant narratives are not only dangerous, but boring. We invite diversity in its every incarnation. We look for things that resonate. That are attentive and conscious. We love a tale and we love a hybrid. Literary/genre. Prose/Poem. Auto/fiction. We hope you will write us into a world that is only known by you, with grit, boldness, fluidity, craft, and an affinity for truth, with the awareness that all truth is artifice and all artifice, truth. Haunt us with your childhood home and the abandoned one next door, the greasy tabletop, the alarm of bones popped into place and wrapped in plaster. We want it all–how it was meant to be and how it felt to really live it, your unbeautiful worlds, your innovative ones, your magic.

Here are a few more notes:

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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