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About

The precipice is where we choose to live. It is a place of intelligence and indulgence, where writers refuse to allow their imaginations and talent to be hamstrung by the tastes of the mass market. 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. What’s in a Name? 55 Fathoms is the depth to which an Orca can dive.

Voluntary Fees: This project accepts voluntary fees for "tip jar" submissions.
Important: Query first.

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2021

Publication Media

Electronic Publication Electronic Publication 
Print Publication Print Publication 

Fiction Open

We are particularly interested in books that exist on the boundary between literary and speculative—books of profound imagination and exquisite writing.

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Genres:
General General
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Novel Novel40,000 - 120,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro advance (US$200-1999) + >= 15% royalties Semi-pro advance (US$200-1999). >= 15% royalties.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Nonfiction Open

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. Send a query letter, a table of contents, and the first 10 pages. Although agents and larger publishers often prefer to work with writers to craft a work of nonfiction to the market, we are not staffed for that task, and prefer your book to be completed or near completion.

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Mainstream, Personal.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: History, Mathematics, Memoir, Nature/Environment (General, Environmental issues, Nature), Politics/Political Science, Science, Society/Culture (Crime, Current events, Social issues, See guidelines).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Book Book40,000 - 120,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro advance (US$200-1999) + >= 15% royalties Semi-pro advance (US$200-1999). >= 15% royalties.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

55 Fathoms Publishing Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day.
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AccuracyWe have received 80 reports from 77 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported2 min | 20.4 mean avg | 22.0 median | 33 max days (6.7 std dev)
Responses98.75 %
Acceptances7.50 % of submissions accepted (13.8 avg. days per acceptance) | 7.79 % of submitters accepted Rejections are often underreported, which skews the statistics in favor of acceptances. Most publishers have a lower acceptance rate than indicated here.
Rejections91.25 % (21.0 avg. days per rejection) | 16.4 % personal, 82.2 % form, 1.4 % unspecified
Non-Responses1.25 %
Lost/Returned-
Never Responded-
Withdrawals1.25 % (20.0 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending10 responses are pending (3 min | 19.6 mean avg | 19.5 median | 37 max days waiting | 11.1 std dev) from 10 different members This only includes pending reports of users who have been active on this site within the past 30 days

Other Information

The editors will try to make a decision within 30 days. (3.8 % of the responses reported to us for this market have taken longer than 30 days.)
The most common submission tip paid: USD $3.00. (95.6 % of reports specified whether they gave a tip; of those, 45.4 % gave tips.)
Most submissions are acknowledged on the same day.
Most recent response reported was received on 11 Oct 2021.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 25 Sep 2021.

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Dates

Last Updated: 04 Aug 2021
Last Checked: 27 Oct 2021 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 26 Jul 2021 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 26 Jul 2021

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  • Be professional, patient, and persistent.