Sugared Water reads April 1 – May 1 and October 1 – November 1.
(Special edition calls may appear independent of these dates.)

SW #006, Themed Issue : Cartography — reading April 1, 2017 - May 1, 2017
For the sixth issue of Sugared Water, we're looking for works grounded in or featuring maps, finding, exploring, adventuring, or marking place. The exploration may be figurative or literal, the mapped may be land, body, family, identity or emotion. We're delighted to read your interpretations of this theme.

We require a bio with all submissions (3rd person, 50 word limit), but your cover letter is optional. If you'd like to tell us a bit about yourself or why you chose Sugared Water for a particular submission, please do. If there's some interesting information you think we might like to know, don't be shy!

Please send us only your original works—no translations of already published works. (We will consider bi-lingual works & translations if the original is unpublished, and both the original author & translator are submitting jointly.) All work submitted to us must be previously unpublished.

Simultaneous Submissions are fine by us, but do let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere and needs to be withdrawn in part (please use the add note box located under the activity tab at your submission). Submittable's "withdraw" button will take the entire packet out of consideration. Need to make an edit? Please use the request an edit feature.

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 contributor copy of the limited edition issue in which your work appears. If we do a later digital version, we'll ask your permission to include your work.


Themed Issue : Cartography
For the sixth issue of Sugared Water, we're looking for works grounded in or featuring maps, finding, exploring, adventuring, or marking place. The exploration may be figurative or literal, the mapped may be land, body, family, identity or emotion. We're delighted to read your interpretations of this theme.

We're interested in all kinds of CNF from lyric essay to memoir. We adore character sketches, journal entries, letters, and flash nonfiction. Send us your feminist tales, recipes passed down through your family laced with personal essay or prose poems. We'll check out your braided essays and hermit crabs, your lists and even your word maps. Stun us with the beauty of your words.

Submit up to 2,000 words, but wow us if you do. We prefer shorter works from 500 - 1,500 words.

Themed Issue : Cartography
For the sixth issue of Sugared Water, we're looking for works grounded in or featuring maps, finding, exploring, adventuring, or marking place. The exploration may be figurative or literal, the mapped may be land, body, family, identity or emotion. We're delighted to read your interpretations of this theme.

We'd be delighted to sample 5 of your finest poems, narrative or lyric, experimental or grounded. We look forward to leaping with you, discovering as you lead us along the page.

Give us your decayed, sugar-crusted little black hearts. Write to us about sun-warmed planks and hollow bones. Don't be afraid to bury the grotesque right next to the beautiful. It's the change we're looking for, the surprise hidden just under the surface. We're happy to consider free verse and prose poems.

Please submit all poems in one .rtf, .doc, or .docx. Poems should be spaced as you'd like them to appear.

Things that are a hard sell for us: rhyme, sports poems, formal poems, preachy poems, poems that contain the word "soul," love poems containing the word "love."

If your poem has a misogynist tone, look elsewhere.

Themed Issue : Cartography
For the sixth issue of Sugared Water, we're looking for works grounded in or featuring maps, finding, exploring, adventuring, or marking place. The exploration may be figurative or literal, the mapped may be land, body, family, identity or emotion. We're delighted to read your interpretations of this theme.

Don't be afraid to throw in some genre with your literary works. Here be fans of speculative fiction. We dig the literary stuff too, don't let our fairy tales fool you.

Give us your briar patches and shady ladies, your heroes and literary tales. (If you dare to send us a story with a unicorn, she better be a chain smoker.) We ain't afraid of tarot. We will consider up to 2,000 words, but our happy place is right around 1,500 or fewer.

Our fiction gnomes get upset when things show up without paragraphs or proper manuscript format. Flagrant lack or proofreading or a failure to observe legible fonts will likely lead to instant rejection.

Please don't send stuff in Courier or any giant fonts. Do send stories in Garamond or Times New Roman.

Themed Issue : Cartography
For the sixth issue of Sugared Water, we're looking for works grounded in or featuring maps, finding, exploring, adventuring, or marking place. The mapped may be land, body, family, identity or emotion. We're delighted to see your interpretations of this theme.

Work should be contrasty enough that it'll show up well in black and white. All media considered.

Sequential art makes our little hearts go pitty-pat. Have a small comic? One panel? Three panel? Several pages? Send us a sample! Please send web-ready images (72 ppi) and we'll let you know if we'd like to see printable files. We will consider between 1 and 5 images (or pages) at a time.

Our pages are half size, so be sure your work will hold up at that dimension, with about a 1 inch margin. We produce our internal artworks in black and white as laser prints.

Be sure the work stands alone, even if it's part of a larger series.

Each artwork can be submitted individually with a cover letter, or up to five at a time. Artist statements are fab, so send one if you have one.

Be sure to include a 50 word bio & blog/web link if you'd like.