General Guidelines

  • All work and correspondence should be submitted electronically to [email protected]
  • Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.
  • We try to acknowledge receipt of submissions within a month, so contact us if you haven’t heard anything from us by then (but don’t re-send your submission unless we ask you to do so).
  • We review current submissions as they come int.  It usually takes four to six weeks for us to make a final decision on your work.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, as long as you notify us immediately if work you have sent to Sea Stories is accepted elsewhere.
  • We welcome previously published submissions, provided that you are the copyright holder (see Terms of Use below).
  • Submissions are considered by two editors with various tastes, each looking for quality work. We are eclectic and proud of the content and variety of each issue we publish.
  • When we do not accept your submission(s), please know that we have considered your work with care. Perhaps this particular work just wasn’t right for us. We encourage you to do some more market research, revise, do some new work, and move on. Don’t let it get you down.
  • Because this is a non-profit venture, no fees will be paid for the use of any work.

Sea Stories Sections

  • Adrift: Loose, not on moorings or towline. A place for essay or scientific papers.
  • Coastal Zone: The interface between the land and water. This part of Sea Stories is home to visual art. From photographs, to paintings, to sculptures, we’re open to everything.
  • Littoral Currents: A current running parallel to the shore, generally caused by waves striking at an angle. A page for poetry and prose.
  • Hinterland: The land behind the edges of coasts or rivers. Reserved for interviews.
  • Overfalls: A turbulent stretch of water caused by ocean currents over an underwater ridge. We’re looking for creative memoirs and creative non-fiction as well as fiction.
  • The Bitter End:The end of an anchor cable, fastened to the bitts at the ship’s bow. A space for videos, songs, and all things multimedia.

Literary Submissions

  • Your writing should be accessible, non-technical, and hospitable, with an emphasis on exploring the meanings of the sea from your own perspective or experience. We do not publish fiction or political or philosophical polemics. Scientific, historical, literary-critical, or other scholarly writing is of interest only if it highlights your own experience and perspective on the issues discussed.
  • You may submit up to 6 poems, totaling no more than 10 pages, and/or 2 prose works, with a maximum of 2000 words per essay. Only one set of submissions per season, please.
  • Please send all submissions in a single Word document attached to your e-mail cover message. Do not embed your submissions in the text of your e-mail. Include in the document your name, address, telephone number, and email address, as well as a brief bio (maximum 100 words).

Guidelines for Photography and Art Submissions

  • Sea Stories seeks high-quality photographs and digital images of sea-related art for each issue.
  • Please limit your art and/or photography submissions to no more than 10 per season.
  • Please send each image in a separate file in .jpg or .bmp format, with cover e-mail. Do not embed your submissions in a Word document or e-mail text. Include in your e-mail cover letter your name, address, telephone number, and email address, as well as a brief bio (maximum 100 words).

Terms of Use

  • Creators retain all copyright to their work.
  • By submitting a work to the Sea Stories Project, you are representing that you are the copyright holder and are giving us permission to publish it in the Sea Stories journal if we so choose, without additional notification on our part (though we will strive to provide such notification when possible).
  • Please credit Sea Stories with first publication if you re-publish your work in another book, anthology, or Web site.
  • While our intention is to published work indefinitely, accepted submissions may be removed from the Sea Stories at any time by our choice or upon author’s written request.
  • Whether or not it is accepted for the Sea Stories journal, submissions may be considered for inclusion in later Sea Story Project ventures such as books, local readings, or radio; we will contact you regarding any such future use of your work.