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Water~Stone Review is a literary annual published by the Hamline University Creative Writing Programs. The review publishes work in all genres as well as essay/reviews and writers’ interviews. Features include three contests and photography curated by students at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design


US subscription rates for individuals are $50 for two years, plus shipping and handling. Subscription rates for institutions are $25 for one year, $48 for two years. Single copies of current issue: $25. Visit the Water~Stone Review Shop page to subscribe. 

WSR_vortex400The ‘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.


WSR in the classroom
Hamline University Creative Writing Programs 

waterstone review in the classroom at hamline university

 Students in the Hamline MFA program may choose from:

  • Creative Nonfiction Today: Navigating the Craft as Editor and Writer, taught by Patricia Weaver Francisco 

  • Currents in Poetry: Riding the Waves as Editor and Poet, taught by Katrina Vandenberg

  • The Successful Story: Fiction through the Lens of Editor and Writer, taught by Sheila O’Connor

The class is a collaborative effort among the executive editor, editors and the student editorial board. The class provides an invaluable hands-on experience of the publishing process including screening, acquisition, lay-out and publication considerations. Students, led by the faculty and assistant editors, read manuscripts each week and are expected to critically discuss and analyze pieces considered for the journal. 


Do I have to be a published writer to submit to Water~Stone Review?
No. WSR publishes emerging as well as well-known writers.

What happens if I send my submission before or after the reading dates?
If you send your submission before October 1, Water~Stone Review will most likely return your submission. If you send your submission after November 1, we cannot accept it and will have to recycle it.

If I submit to a Prose or Poetry Prize, does my work automatically get considered for general Water~Stone Review submissions?
Yes. In making their final decisions on content, the editors and editorial board select from among the finalists in both Prize and general submissions.

When will I be notified of a decision about my general submission to Water~Stone Review? What about my entry to a Prose or Poetry Prize?
The editors begin their selection process in December. General submissions are notified from December through May, when the last part of the process is completed. Prize submissions are notified in April or May, as soon as the final judge has made his/her final decision.

What does my entry fee of $20 for the poetry or prose prize pay for?
The $20 entry fee pays for the prize money that is awarded to the contest winners, the judge’s fee, and a copy of the next Water~Stone Review issue.

Who gets a complimentary copy of Water~Stone Review?
Everyone (all US and territories) who enters the Prose or Poetry Prize contest receives a complimentary copy of Water~Stone Review. All contributors receive two complimentary copies of that issue of Water~Stone Review.

CWPlogoHUVisit our website to find out more about the MFA in Creative Writing, the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults, and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing  programs at Hamline University.  hamline.edu/cwp


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