55 Fathoms Publishing

Genres Published: 
Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Creative Nonfiction, Journalism/Investigative Reporting, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Speculative Fiction
Representative Authors: 
Catherine Gammon, Sarah Conover
Book Types: 
Essay collections, Novel, Memoir
Reading Periods: 
Jan 1 to Feb 28
Jul 1 to Sep 30
Response Time: 
Less than 3 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Publishes Through Contests Only: 
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Titles per Year: 
1 to 5
Itasca, Ingram, Amazon, B&N

Editorial Focus

55 Fathoms is a place for authors who are too imaginative for literary, and too literary for genre. They don’t want just a story, they want an exploration into ideas and topics that most of the literary establishment ignores. They like tension, and nuance, and deep subtext. They like to be challenged by a story, not coddled.

Tips From the Editor

For fiction, we are particularly interested in books that are high-concept literary, as well as those that exist on the boundary between literary and speculative—books of profound imagination and exquisite writing.

For nonfiction, topics of interest include current social and political events, science, nature, environment, history, mathematics, and true crime. A collection of essays is also welcome. We will also consider memoir, but your story needs to be much more interesting than a family history.

Contact Information

Joseph Ponepinto, Publisher
6516 112th Street Court
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
Contact E-mail: 
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Last updated: Feb 20, 2024