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 (We will consider bi-lingual works & translations if the original is unpublished, and both the original author & translator are submitting jointly.) All work submitted to us must be previously unpublished.

Simultaneous Submissions are fine by us, but do let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere and needs to be withdrawn in part (please use the add note box located under the activity tab at your submission).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


Ends on February 14, 2018
Burnt Offering
Porkbelly Press (in partnership with the reading staff of Sugared Water) is seeking work rooted in the imagery & language of earth and/or fire. We're interested in work incorporating ritual, not limited to herbalism, witchcraft, cooking, stirring, meditation, or traditional practice (personal of familial). 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. 
Reprints:
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:
We will read for this issue through February 14th, or until it is full (no more than 40 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 later in the year.
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. If you'd like to see what kind of work we're interested in, our bramble&thorn anthology would be a good place to start.

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. 
  • 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 75 - 125 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.