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

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 (We will consider bi-lingual works & translations if the original is unpublished, and both the original author & translator are submitting jointly.) All work submitted to us must be previously unpublished.

Simultaneous Submissions are fine by us, but do let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere and needs to be withdrawn in part (please use the add note box located under the activity tab at your submission).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.

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Porkbelly Press (in partnership with the reading staff of Sugared Water) is seeking work inspired by dark forests, fanged girls, fierce women, feral princesses, a sisterhood of witches deep in the woods. Send us your tale of a girl that eats the wolf's heart a piece at a time. Send us your poetry, your prose poems, micro/short fictions & short essays. We'd love to read them. We prefer to read multiple pieces (3-5), but if you have one really fantastic piece you think we might like, don't hesitate to send it.
Yes, we will consider reprints. Please include first printing at the bottom of the page of the reprint so we know where citation is due.
Reading Period:
Beginning in September 2016, we will read for this issue through November 1, or until it is full (no more than 56 pages), accepting work as it strikes us. Give us evocative, descriptive language. Spin and enchant us. If it happens that we have more pages to fill after we finish with the first round of submissions, we will re-open for a month or so in 2017.
What to send:
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
The important stuff:
  • Fiction & CNF should follow standard manuscript format. We'll consider micro forms and short forms up to 1,500 words.12 point Garamond, please. (If you have something in the 2,500 - 3,000 words length, please query first.)
  • Art & Comics: No more than 5 .JPGs/pages at a time, please.
  • Poetry: submit all poems in one .doc, .docx, or .rtf. No more than five poems per submission. Please format your works in 12 point Garamond.
  • You may submit one packet in each genre to start (poetry, CNF, art, or fiction). Once you receive a reply, you may submit again.

Include a cover letter if you like. We've provided a bio section with a word limit of 50 words (no more than 5 previous publications, please). Anything else you tell us in your cover letter is strictly up to you. Feel free to be a bit whimsical in your biographical statement. We don't mind!
Payment & Misc Info
Payment: 1 (one) contributor copy of the resulting limited edition, handbound issue. (Print run is usually around 100 - 150 copies.) We may contact you at a later date if we decide to do a digital version (once the print sells out). We will not include you in the digital version unless you give permission.

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

Additional contributor copies may be purchased at a discount. (Once print format/cover design has been finalized, we'll let you know how much. It's usually between 20% and 40%.) Our anthos generally have a cover price between $8.50 - $10 US.
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Yes, we love the lyric essay. We adore character sketches, journal entries, letters, and flash nonfiction. We'll try experimental prose forms and things that blend and bend the lines of reality whilst remaining true at the heart. 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.
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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.

We dig prose poems and little free verse poems, haiku or sonnet—even broken sonnets! 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.

Be sure your name and contact information appears on every page, and 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 (though we do consider these), preachy poems, poems that contain the word "soul," love poems that contain the word "love."

If your poem has a misogynist tone, look elsewhere.

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Hybrid forms are our favorite thing—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. Comic Sans is a travesty. Violators will make us cry buckets of unattractive, snotty tears.

Please don't send stuff in Courier or any giant fonts. Do send stories in Garamond or Times New Roman.
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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. Do not send us comics that are too cutesy, unless it's like one of those psychotic lolcats. (Do not send actual lolcats, though.)

Each artwork can be submitted individually with a cover letter. 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.

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Though this zine isn't strictly affiliated with Sugared Water, our queue can accommodate these submissions! (Send your great stuff at will!)

This is a poetry prompt/intro to poetry zine intended as an idea-book & resource for poets looking for prompts and to connect with working modern poets—whether submitting to major competitions, slinging full-length books, chapbooks, or lit mags. All styles. Or for those simply for the poet looking to express their/him/herself in a journal, or explore more. It's about getting to know poetry better. This is not a market for poems, so please don't submit any poems without a prompt or essay attached.

Some ideas from which to leap:
- Writing prompts.
- Short essays on how you got into poetry (think lyric essay, not blog post)
- Creating prompts you love.
- Hacks of your favorite prompts & where you learned them!
Prompts on revising, sound in poetry, language, rhythm, free verse, generative devices (and what happens when you write a poem with one then remove it), inspiration, creating your own lexicon of personal symbols, how to sustain a poem, how to salvage a line from a poem that isn't working...
- Lists. (favorite books, favorite words, great generative devices, words you'd like to see more in poems, words you think are really hard to use in poems and get away with it—anything)
- How you fell in love with poetry.
- Perhaps why you thought you hated poetry, but then you found the poetry that saved you.
- An essay on how you revise, with sample revisions.
- Your worst poetry mistake.
How you turned that horrifyingly bad poetry mistake into poetry gold.
What poet convinced you that you could be a poet too?
- Essay / prompt / list / graphic narrative of your choice. What do you want to read?

Contributors receive a copy of this little beauty (exact size/pagination to be determined). Title to be determined as well. If you have a zine title idea, feel free to send it along. The entire project will be shaped by what's received, right down to the name.

Send in a .doc or .docx (preferred) and feel free to include a short whimsical (or serious, if you prefer) biographical statement. I'd like to do little doodle portraits in the back, so if you'd provide a photo or link to one, that would be great. :)