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. We don’t want just a story, we want an exploration into ideas and topics that most of the literary establishment ignores. We like tension, and nuance, and deep subtext. We like to be challenged by a story, not coddled.

Tips From the Editor

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.

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 Ct
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
Contact E-mail: 
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Last updated: Sep 19, 2023