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Epistolary, limited edition anthology

Epistolary is a 60 page anthology in limited edition (125). The cover art is a collage of gouache, tissue, ink, and paper. The binding is sewn by hand with heavy thread. Cover is produced digitally on Epson Ultra Premium matte paper.| more info

Some of the snippets you’ll read are true, some invented, but all are intended for some kind of audience. It’s a little bit like sneaking a look inside someone’s journal, or wandering through a garden of secrets.


Lori Brack, Marilyn Cavicchia, Emily Rose Cole, Kelly DuMar, Ruth Foley, Karen George, Mary Hammerbeck, Barbara Harroun, Joy KMT, Ross Losapio, Fayroze Lutta, Sarah McCartt-Jackson, Meredith McDonough, Lisa Megraw, P. Andrew Miller, Joe Nicholas, Julia Park Tracey (& Doris), Jonathan Travelstead, & Meg Tuite.


From time to time, Porkbelly Press and Sugared Water‘s staff team up to create an anthology of works related to a theme or cluster of images as source inspiration. We’re working in limited and small edition for our anthos, and often consider a range of work from lyric poetry to short essay and illustrated narrative. We collect the unusual, the odd, and those curiosities that ask you to pause, look, and linger a while. The covers are produced digitally or by serigraph.

Our Emily antho call is currently open, once again working with Porkbelly Press’ staff: Emily is a collection of poetry&prose inspired by the works, life, and letters of Emily Dickinson. The anthology is to be split into several sections, each loosely clustered around one of the major themes&image in her works. We’re looking for all kinds of work for this anthology, be it poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, artwork, doodles, notes, short critical essays, illustrated narratives, comics, or illustrations.

Call for Subs – Special Edition – Epistolary

Sugared Water is seeking short works for a special edition of letters. We’re looking for works of creative nonfiction, micro or flash fiction, or poetry addressed to someone, be it a lover, friend, public figure, past self, the universe, or the world at large.

We’re looking for the intimate and specific, letters full of evocative language, short, funny notes, or passionate remembrances. These can take the form of poems or prose poems as well as prose pieces. Submit all pieces in one .doc, .docx, or .rtf. Prose forms should not exceed 1,000 words each (you may submit 3 at a time in the prose genres). We will consider up to 5 poems.

This call is open at Submittable until April 1, 2014.

You may submit poetry and prose in separate submissions (that is to say you may submit up to 3,000 words of prose and 5 poems at a time).

Please format your works in standard manuscript format. Times New Roman and Garamond are our preferred fonts.

(You may write persona poems. Want an example? We adore Rita Dove’s “Demeter’s Prayer to Hades.” Note: she got away with slipping soul into that poem, but we’re a seriously hard sell in almost every other instance.)

What we don’t want to see:
Love poems with the word love in them.
Soul in a poem.
Rhyming poetry.
Stalker-y love letters.
Death threats (unless your speaker’s the Joker talking to Batman, and Harley gets involved–then we may consider it).


Simultaneous Submissions are fine by us, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere and needs to be withdrawn.

Please wait for our response to your first packet before sending additional submissions in any given genre.

Payment & Rights

We request First North American Serial Rights. Your rights revert back to you, the author/artist, upon publication. For participation in our magazine, you will receive one (1) contributor copy of the issue in which your work appears.

Sugared Love – Michael A. Chaney’s blog post “Top 10 Lit. Mags…”

Sugared Love – Michael A. Chaney’s blog post “Top 10 Lit. Mags…”

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.

P. Andrew Miller’s “The Year That Had a Santa Claus”

P. Andrew Miller’s “The Year That Had a Santa Claus”

One of our SW#001 contributors, P. Andrew Miller, has a Christmas themed short story available this week on Amazon (Kindle or Kindle app, anyone?). For 99 cents, it’s cheaper than a Christmas card and is sure to entertain—we know from previous experience with his tales. He describes this story like so:

“A Christmas Fable for adults. (It’s cheaper than a card and will take longer to read!) When Fred Otis goes to his job as a mall Santa, he suddenly finds himself turned into the real thing. This causes great confusion for his boss and especially his wife. What does a Santa with all the powers but none of the trappings do?”

If you’re into jingle bells and mall Santas, but not in a creepy way, this story just might be a good holiday gift to someone (yourself or other literary nerds, perhaps?) In case you’re wondering, the artist for the cover is his four year old niece. We also support young artists. 🙂

The Year That Had a Santa Claus” was first published in Midnight Zoo.

If you’re more of a poetry nut, Andy’s lyric comic, The Legacy of the Turquoise Knight, is available in hardcopy. Just contact him over at his blog:

Reading Period Open!

Sugared Water‘s second reading period is open from now until January 1, 2014.

We consider all genres and will take a look at 5 poems, 4,500 words of fiction or creative nonfiction, and up to 5 pieces of art (all media & also comics!). We aren’t shy about speculative fiction, and really dig flash forms. Check out our submission guidelines and then follow the links over to our submission forms on Submittable.

We’d love to read your stuff!