Sugared Water received some sugary love on the blog of Michael A. Chaney. We read on his bio page that he’s finishing a novel that has some reference to cheese flavored soda, but our horror was assuaged by the cuteness of his dog, Vegas. The post, “Top Ten Literary Magazines to Send Your Poetry and Maybe Get Accepted,” details out a few magazines with decent acceptance rates for new writers. Michael writes:
Finally, at long last, those of you who write poetry may find a few helpful hints. There is no desert of lyricism that you must cross with your empty water bottles and broken divining rods. Indeed, there are many fountains of poetry online and in-print for the word thirsty and the prose wary. And yet, it is not often easy to know which of these oases accommodate the emergent poet. Most of the well-known watering holes and definitely the oldest, in fact, are frequently discerning to a fault, making it almost impossible for the novice poet to drop her bucket in their hallowed wells. The following springs, however, are eager to irrigate streams of every kind. So whether you’re experimental or experienced, lyrical or long-suffering, give these waters a taste. They’re reputable and (relatively) accepting.
He said reputable. That could be our new blog tagline. (We’re so telling our moms.)
See, the internet believes in us (well, a cheese-soda-interested blogger/academic type anyway). By the way, most of our past submissions flooded in from sites other then Duotrope, which means our Duotrope-listed acceptance ratio is actually skewed (we tend to accept more people who come to us through Duotrope, so their percentage is a little high)—we’re more like 5.22% as of this writing.
In case you were wondering, there are about 26 days remaining in this submission period, so follow Michael’s advice and send your stuff! We’re ready to read, and there’s plenty of snow on the ground to keep us inside with the lit and hot chocolate.