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Submission Guidelines

We are now reading for Issue 15, to be published on 1 July 2014.

Submissions to The Waterhouse Review must be made via our online submission system. We’re fairly easy-going and will consider everything sent our way but there are a few things you can do to keep us in a good mood while we’re reading your work:

  • for fiction, our preference is for work under 2,000 words. If you send us something that’s 2,050 words long, we probably won’t notice. Send us something 3,000 words long and we will notice and we’ll most likely sigh, thus putting you at an instant disadvantage against all the stories we didn’t sigh at.
  • we can reformat your submission to make it easier for us to read but you can earn a few brownie points by submitting in an inoffensive font such as Courier New or Times New Roman, size 12 and double-spaced. Any submission made in Comic Sans or variations thereof will not only make us sigh, but will most likely make us tut as well.
  • please use non-smart speech marks that look like this: ” and use section breaks that look like this: #.
  • we don’t have anything against genre fiction but our leanings are more towards the literary end of the scale. That said, if you have a remarkable story about lovelorn werewolves in space then give it a shot … you never know.
  • please limit your enthusiasm to just one story at a time.
  • as we live in the real world, simultaneous submissions are perfectly fine by us. All we ask is that you withdraw your story from our system if someone else snaps it up before we do.
  • don’t send us articles.
  • don’t send us artwork.
  • don’t send us reprints.
  • don’t send us cake. Well, maybe send us cake.

As far as our poetry requirements are concerned, they’re nice and straightforward:

  • Please send three to five poems per submission. Send them all together in one document if you can. All forms and genres of poetry are welcome, but please keep in mind that rhymes need to be more than gratuitous … with us. (See what I did there? If you did that in a submission, we would reject it. So please don’t.)
  • We’ve all been in love before, we’ve all had a good dog, a lot of us have kids. If you’re going to write poetry about such things, please surprise us. As Emily Dickinson once said, “tell the tale/ but tell it slant.” We want to be off our feet, reading on our heads, by what we read, so send us that stuff. Please.

That’s your side of the deal. Here’s ours:

  • we will do our best to get back to you within one month. If after one month you haven’t heard from us, feel free to send a chaser with the subject QUERY [Your Surname] [The Title of Your Work] taking care to input your details in the square brackets. We won’t reject your work just because you’ve sent a chaser unless you chase inside one month, in which case, we probably will, after sighing and tutting an awful lot.
  • for FICTION we will pay you the princely sum of $2 via PayPal for First Electronic Serial Rights. For POETRY we will pay you $2 for each accepted poem via PayPal for First Electronic Serial Rights. No PayPal, no pay, pal. And apologies for switching currencies.
  • we reserve the right to make small alterations to accepted work to bring it in line with the style of the house. This includes, but is not limited to, fixing typos, grammar etc. Medium changes of more than a few words will be done with author consent. Any work requiring major changes probably won’t be accepted.
  • although we welcome work from around the globe, we’re based in Scotland and offer no apologies for having particular interest in work of a Scottish flavour.

If all that is agreeable with you, please use our online submissions manager to send us your finest. Remember to log our response times at our Duotrope Listing.

We look forward to publishing you.

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