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: