Sugared Water is a literary magazine by and for people who love words (est. April 2013). Our staff has grown to include story&poem enthusiasts from around the country. It’s our design to bring vibrant works of poetry and prose to the world via a beautifully crafted magazine. We use traditional printmaking and bookbinding methods, with a little help from modern software (& a squat little laser printer) for the guts. Each cover is part of a limited edition screen printed or hand altered mag in a run of about 100 – 150 per issue.

If we could candy words, we’d eat them to bellyaches every afternoon. We carry journals and collect chapbooks like Smaug ripping through a gold-sequin disco. If we’re lucky enough to leave something behind that enriches the dialogue of writerly types around the world, so much the better. Send us your stuff—we’ll only hoard it for a little while.

If you’d like to contact us via email, you may do so via gmail: sugaredwaterlit


Nicci Mechler, Editor-in-Chief

Nicci holds an MA English, BFA Studio Art & BA English from Northern Kentucky University. She believes in the restorative powers of iced chai lattes and poetry retreats, and is addicted to fables, fairy tales, urban fantasy, and Audre Lorde’s essays. She has served on the editorial board of four literary magazines including Licking River Review and Lost Cause Review, and has been making zines since 2001. She launched Porkbelly Press in January 2014. |  blog

Lauren Magee, Prose Editor

Lauren is a recent Masters of English graduate from Northern Kentucky University. Her favorite candies are jelly beans and Good & Plenty. She would subsist on candy alone if it were in any way nourishing. Her favorite things to read tend to stray from the norm, or even better, subvert the so-called norm. Speculative fiction is her favorite, especially when the harder sciences are invoked. Lauren reads a lot of graphic novels, with some of her favorite writers being Warren Ellis, Brian K. Vaughan, and Gail Simone. Hugely character driven pieces move her as does playful dialogue. Keep it weird, y’all.

Ashley Blake, Poetry Editor

Ashley is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelors degree in Creative Writing. While a fiction writer by nature and  run-away imagination, she does have a soft spot for poetry. She adores works that are both surreal and playful in language, with just a hint of magic for taste.

Caitlin Neely, Poetry Editor

Caitlin Neely will be an MFA poetry candidate at the University of Virginia in the fall. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University where she was the editor for Loch Norse Magazine. She is a first year blogger for The MFA Years.

Current Flings

We’re active reader-writers-poet-author-critics, and we don’t always agree with each other 100%, but we sure know what we love. If you have any of these folks tucked away on your bookshelf or kindle-machine, we probably have a little aesthetic spark (obsession) in common.

Kevin Prufer, Keetje Kuipers, Louise Glück, Christine Garren, William Carlos Williams, Audre Lorde, Alice Walker, Anne Lamott, Beckian Fritz Goldberg, Deborah Digges, Richard Hugo, Gregory Orr, Alan Michael Parker, e.e. cummings, Pablo Neruda, Rita Dove, Billy Collins, Dorothy Allison, Toni Morrison, Li-Young Lee, Janice N. Harrington, Emily Dickinson, & Amy Lowell.

(We’re in danger of listing everyone, so we’ll take a pause here for now.)

What people have been saying about SW:

“I have fallen in a little bit of love with this journal. I’m especially mad for its handcraftedness and the passion and ethos it exhibits. Each issue I’ve seen is an individual work of art and I think it’s one of the most interesting lit mags that I own. “


in memorium

Shawn Daniell was a writer, filmmaker, and practicing fine artist living in Northern Kentucky. She was the founder and editor of ArtSeen, a blog that focuses on exposing readers to emerging fine artists. Shawn has been published in CityBeat, Cincy Magazine, The Artist’s Magazine, and AEQAI, an online artistic journal in Cincinnati. She’s obsessed with Coca-Cola, books, traveling, and might have been a cat in a former life.

Shawn was both a founding assistant and also served as Prose Editor on the staff of Sugared Water. Several of us were lucky enough to attend graduate classes as her peer, and we relish those workshops just as greatly as drinks afterward. Her energy remains a part of our publication, as does her vibrant sense of color and mischief. She is greatly missed by those who knew her.


6 thoughts on “About

    • It’s always nice to be talked about in a good way! Thanks for the signal boost, Michael. We’ve already received a few submissions from the circulation of your post across Facebook. 🙂 Say hi to Vegas for us!

  1. I attempted to send an email to the address listed under the mission statement (sugaredwatermagazine@gmail.com), and the message came back as undeliverable.

    • Roxanne, thank you for letting us know! We shortened our reading dates due to submission volume, and may have missed a few instances of the reading period notes. I’ll go have a look at FB and see if I can adjust. Thank you again. xx

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