Heck yeah, we’re reading again!

Sugared Water seeks submissions for issue #004. (And possibly one or two to finish out the pages of #003.)

SW is an independent lit mag published & handbound in Cincinnati, OH. Our cover art is original and produced in limited edition (240 or fewer, usually around 150). We read poetry & prose, with a particular interest in flash and micro forms, lyric and personal essays, prose poetry, free verse poetry, and individual, strong senses of voice and place. We will consider 3-5 poems or up to 4,500 words in fiction of creative nonfiction.

You can see more on our current issues here: https://sugaredwatermagazine.wordpress.com/issues/
And our complete guidelines here: https://sugaredwatermagazine.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

We read via Submittable and are listed at Duotrope.

Poetry: 3-5 poems, free verse or modern forms preferred (broken sonnets, modern American haiku, for example).
Fiction: up to 4,500 words with a preference for flash & micro forms.
Creative Nonfiction: up to 4,500 words. We like personal essay, lyric essay, character sketches, lists, pieces written in the form of something else, letters. Show us something true and wonderfully messy, or lyric and pristine. Just show us who you are.

We’re also interested in comics, sequential art, mixed media art, art in general, and graphic narratives including illustrated lists, sketchbook pages, photos with handwritten words overtop, and any manner of eye candy.


Myth+Magic Special Edition: Call for Submission: July 15 through August 25, 2014

Sugared Water is seeking works inspired by myth and magic for a special limited edition. We’re seeking works that update old classics, perhaps moving a mythic character into the modern world, or personal pieces. If Hades owned a bookshop in downtown Chicago, what would a visit be like? We’ll also consider trickster stories and fables. Choose a pantheon or people and give us your take. Tall tales welcome.

We will read for this issue until it is full (no more than 56 pages), accepting work as it strikes us. Give us evocative, descriptive language. Spin and enchant us.

We’re fans of literary work and genre, so feel free to blend the two, or step to one side or the other.

Poetry • Fiction • Creative Nonfiction • Comics & Sequential Art • Art

Some topics you might consider:
Magic gardens, tricksters, witchcraft & herbalism, magic realism, origin stories, retelling of myths about gods and monsters, divination & fortune telling, gods in the modern world.

We’ll consider creative nonfiction as long as it touches on some relationship with myth or magic, or perhaps an affection for oral narratives within your own family—you could tell us how fantastical figures have influenced your development as a writer. Personal essays welcome.

  • Fiction & CNF should follow standard manuscript format. We’ll consider micro forms and short forms up to 4,500 words.
  • Art & Comics: No more than 5 .JPGs/pages at a time, please. We already have a cover, so we’re looking for internal art. High contrast black & white pieces work best.
  • Poetry: submit all poems in one .doc, .docx, or .rtf. No more than five poems per submission. Please format your works in 12 point Times New Roman or Garamond font.

Include a cover letter with brief 3rd person bio (no more than 50 words, no more than 5 previous publications listed), and contact information. Anything else you tell us is strictly up to you, but we’d love to know what you’re reading or what inspires you.

Payment: 1 (one) contributor copy of the resulting limited edition, handbound & numbered issue.

We may wish to archive a few pieces on our website, but we will always ask your approval first.

We accept submissions made via Submittable.

If you’re a Duotrope user, you can report your submission there as well.

Epistolary closing // Regular reading period to open April 1

Our epistolary special edition is about to close, new submissions nesting in our submittable pool every darn day. This has been a very popular theme—we’ve been fortunate to read some fantastic works and we’re not finished yet! Sugared Water: Epistolary is open for 4 more days. There’s still time to throw your letter-inspired works into the submission box!

April 1 is also the date of our regular submission period. We’ll consider 5 poems per poet, and up to 4,500 words of fiction or creative nonfiction. We’re quite interested in flash and micro forms, and are always accepting submissions of comics and sequential art.

Sugared Water #002 is set to release in mid-to-late April. Happy Spring!