Water~Stone Review

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Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
We believe in honoring the tradition of the literary journal and the work of established writers. We believe in carefully ushering new writers into the world and cultivating considerate editors. We welcome and encourage diversity in authorship, voice, and form. We are careful, collaborative, and nurturing. We make a beautiful, award-winning literary journal. The ‘Water~Stone,’ known in alchemy as the ‘Philosopher’s Stone,’ was composed of the four elements of earth, fire, air and water. The stone was supposed by alchemists to possess the property of changing base metals into gold, the most perfect of all metals. It was thought to combine within itself matter and spirit, or body and soul: a union of opposites in perfect harmony. Water~Stone connotes the dynamic, transformative power of literature, as well as the search for beauty and perfection at work in the hearts of aspiring writers. The logo type for Water~Stone is based on a hybrid of two ancient alchemic symbols: one for the amalgam of all elements, and the second for the element of water as a pure and dynamic force. The amalgam is a reference to the multi-genre, interdisciplinary nature of the creative writing programs at Hamline.

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Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
If Yes, Please Name
Hamline University
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Meghan Maloney-Vinz
Contact Title
Executive Editor
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, art
Submissions Policy
Water~Stone Review accepts unsolicited submissions from October 1 to December 1. The reading period is December–April. Submissions received in the summer months will not be read. All submissions should be original, unpublished work. We welcome and encourage diversity in authorship, voice and form.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
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Ja - Ma months
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Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
6" - 9"
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Meghan Maloney-Vinz
Executive Editor
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
As an MFA at Hamline University, I served on the poetry editorial board, and then assistant poetry editor. After graduating, I proposed the part-time position of managing editor. After retirement of my predecessor, I assumed role of executive editor.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
There is only one (full time) paid staff member (Executive Editor). There are paid stipends for the contributing editors, managing editor, and assistant editors. Additional roles of editorial board members/screeners are volunteer positions.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
Submissions are online via Submittable. There is a screening period where 2-3 readers read each piece. Those vetted to advance, are then considered again by the assistant/associated editor and passed on to a contributing editor for final say.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
New form, voice, content. Narratives told in a new, innovative structure, play with the lyrical or essay form, and poetry that is close to the bone and arresting.