Sugared Water reads April 1 - July 1 and October 1 - January 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 (We will consider bi-lingual works & translations if the original is unpublished, and both the original author & translator are submitting jointly.) All work submitted to us must be previously unpublished.
Simultaneous Submissions are fine by us, but do let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere and needs to be withdrawn in part. You can take care of entire-submission withdrawals yourself via Submittable's withdraw button.
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.
Ends on 7/1/2015
Submit up to 4,500 words, but wow us if you do. We prefer shorter works from 500 - 3,000 words.
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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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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 4,500 words, but our happy place is right around 2,500 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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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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Please be sure to make a note of your genre when submitting via the jar!
$3 tip: This is simply a submission of your work with gratuity.
$12 tip: A tip + your choice of a back issue shipped to your door. Let us know which you'd like (in your cover letter), and we'll ship it to the address you provide.
$25 tip: A tip and a subscription of 2 issues, or an issue & one of Porkbelly Press' anthologies (let us know which you'd like!).
$35 tip: A tip and two issues of your choice plus a chapbook of your choice from Porkbelly Press' line of chapbooks: http://porkbellypress.wordpress.com/chapbooks/ Let us know which you'd like (in your cover letter), and we'll ship it to the address you provide.
We sometimes leave the jar open between regular reading periods, allowing for submissions slipped under our doors whilst we're huddled at the proofing table. So if the tip jar is the only option you see for submitting, and you're anti-fees, just remember that our regular reading periods come around twice a year (April 1 – July 1 and October 1 – January 1).
We can't wait to read your work!
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Selecting this option does not alter chances of publication.
Be sure you select a price reflecting your location: $12 for US, $18 everywhere else.
Please note submission genre in your cover letter.