Creative Writing

Beginning in October 2016, Waking Writing will publish stories and poems from established or emerging authors. This ongoing series, called Quiet Spaces, is open to all authors, published or unpublished, and centers on exposing readers to the beauty of the written word. All genres are acceptable, excluding religious-themed material and erotica. Eclectic and eccentric stories and poems are welcome!  

Fiction Submission Guidelines

Waking Writer accepts unpublished stories only. Please thoroughly proofread and edit your work prior to submitting to Waking Writer. Your work must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Preferred Font: Times New Roman, Arial, or Georgia, 12pt.
  • Word Count: 200 to 2,000 words.
  • Format: MS Word or PDF.

Submissions should be sent to Questions@BernetaHaynes.com. Indicate “STORY SUBMISSION” in your subject line. Submissions without “Story Submission” in the subject line will be deleted unread.

In the body of the email (not as an additional attachment), include a cover letter that provides a brief author biography, written in third-person. All bios are subject to editing. Additionally, provide a URL to your blog, website, and/or Twitter if applicable.

Poetry Submission Guidelines

Waking Writer accepts unpublished poetry, and authors are allowed to send up to 3 poems in a single submission. Please thoroughly proofread and edit your work prior to submitting to Waking Writer. Your work must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Preferred Font: Times New Roman, Arial, or Georgia, 12pt.
  • Format: MS Word or PDF.

Submissions should be sent to Questions@BernetaHaynes.com. Indicate “POETRY SUBMISSION” in your subject line. Submissions without “Poetry Submission” in the subject line will be deleted unread.

In the body of the email (not as an additional attachment), include a cover letter that provides a brief author biography, written in third-person. All bios are subject to editing. Additionally, provide a URL to your blog, website, and/or Twitter if applicable.

Additional Note

Story and poetry submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, and authors should expect a response time of one to two months. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but not preferred. If your work is accepted elsewhere, please inform Waking Writer immediately. 

If your work is accepted at Waking Writer, you grant us first electronic rights and non-exclusive rights. Upon publication, all rights revert back to the author. You agree that if your story or poem/s subsequently appear elsewhere (in print or online), you will give due credit (e.g. “originally published on Waking Writer” epitaph) to Waking Writer.


 

Articles

Do you have something to say about writing, publishing, books, or social issues in the world of writing and publishing? Waking Writer welcomes new contributors and posts by guest writers to be included in the Quiet Spaces series, beginning in October 2016!

Waking Writer accepts queries and submissions of articles, short essays, or opinion editorials falling into or related to the following categories:

  • book reviews
  • listicles and curations
  • writing and creative process
  • publishing
  • book marketing
  • social issues in writing and publishing (e.g. women writers, writers of color, queer/LGBTQ writers, etc.)

If you’d like to write an article or become a regular contributor, please follow the guidelines below and review other articles and content on Waking Writer to get a sense of the site’s tone and audience. 

Your work must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Preferred Font: Times New Roman, Arial, or Georgia, 12pt.
  • Word Count: no more than 500 words.
  • Format: MS Word or PDF.

Please thoroughly proofread and edit your work prior to submitting to Waking Writer. Submissions should be sent to Questions@BernetaHaynes.com. Indicate “ARTICLE SUBMISSION” in your subject line. Submissions without “Article Submission” in the subject line will be deleted unread.

In the body of the email (not as an additional attachment), include a cover letter that provides a brief author biography, written in third-person. All bios are subject to editing. Additionally, provide a URL to your blog, website, and/or Twitter if applicable.