We exist to provide opportunity for emerging authors and artists, inspiration for writers and readers, a chance to engage with the literary scene in Berlin and beyond, and remain a source of support for other communities.
Founded in 2009, SAND is an English-language literary journal based in Berlin. Our twice-annual print issues feature original and translated short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, and visual art from all over the world. We publish work that is fresh, well-written, accessible, and diverse, as we take pride in producing a beautiful journal that can be enjoyed by a wide audience.
SAND is also part of the lively independent literary and art scene in Berlin and promotes both local and international writers and artists that help solidify Berlin’s position as a world city. We collaborate with reading series, literary organizations, bookshops, artists, and musicians to hold regular events and workshops in the city and beyond, thereby aiming to bring diverse communities with similar interests closer together as well as enhance Berlin’s literary community. Through this sense of community and our presence in the international literary scene, we aim to encourage dialogue and, most importantly, create excitement around quality literature and artwork.
We are an all-volunteer team driven by our passion for literature and art. If you’re interested in joining us, check our Join page for current openings.
SAND's editor in chief emeritus, Lyz Pfister is a freelance writer and translator living and working in Berlin. She is a published poet and the author of Eat Me. Drink Me., a food-and-culture blog that explores who we are through what we eat. She's currently working on her first book.
Since arriving in 2012, Simone has been weaving her way through the literary scene in Berlin, dabbling in editorial work, publishing, and PR. Likely to be spotted in Templehof with a packet of salted almonds and a fine novel, she sees herself as a jack of some trades and master of none.
Once famously described as "gentlemanly but unnecessary," Irishman Matthew Deery moved to Berlin in 2015. SAND's Copy Editor, he also works as an Online Editor for a large German company that definitely does something, that's for sure.
Stephanie is an artist and designer from the UK living and working in Berlin. Alongside her art practise, she operates the NINE TWO FIVE project, which aims to promote the exchange of knowledge and experience between artists and writers.
Susanna Forrest is the author of The Age of the Horse (Atlantic Books/Atlantic Monthly Press) and If Wishes Were Horses (Atlantic Books). She won the 2016 Sophie Coe Prize for an essay about a horsemeat banquet in 1890s Kansas and teaches creative nonfiction at The Reader, Berlin. She'll write about anything from racism to cave paintings and broth baths as long as there's a tenuous connection to horses.
Assistant Fiction Editor
Ashley is a writer and educator based in Germany who loves a good story, a good hike, and a good adventure, especially when they’re all rolled into one. When she’s not nose-deep in lit mags, knee-deep in some new terrain, or deep-deep in daydreams about more traveling, she’s probably dancing. Her new project – The Story Travels – will be live soon.
Bárbara Fonseca is an illustrator and graphic designer. She was born in Portugal and studied Communication Design at the fine Arts Academy in Lisbon. Currently, she works as a freelancer and is part of Voyager Collective, a recently formed research collective on the themes of design fiction and innovation.
Mandalena Munkonge is a writer and English teacher living in Berlin. She grew up in the UK, where she organised art and other cultural events in London and studied Contemporary Literature, and has contributed to Dazed and Confused Magazine, Hunger Magazine, and Kaltblut Magazine. She is still very much enjoying discovering (and mostly getting lost in) the city.
Christina is most likely from Berlin, even though she may have been interchanged by trolls in her childhood during a trip through Scandinavia. That would explain why she feels strangely at home in the mountains and woods. When she is not hiding there or in foreign places, she organizes literary events and works for a nonprofit, after having studied literature in Berlin, Havana, and Barcelona.