SAND is an international literary journal based in Berlin that independently publishes two print issues per year. Our contributors come from all over the world and include established and emerging writers, poets, artists, and translators.
We look for 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. We’re particularly interested in writing from perspectives that are generally underserved in literature, including work by women, people of color, people from the LGBTQ+ community, and people from the wider international writing community.
Micro-stories originally published in SAND have been featured in the Best Small Fictions anthologies of 2015, 2016, and 2017, edited by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Robert Olen Butler, award-winning author and poet Stuart Dybek, and the amazing Amy Hempel, respectively. Poets recently featured in the journal have been honored with the European Union Award for Literature, the Brunel International African Literature Prize, the Hawker Prize for Southeast Asian Poetry, and the Austrian Book Prize. Our journal has also been reviewed by The Review Review and is a member of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses.
The best way to find out what we like is to read an issue of our journal. Our “Get a Copy” page includes all your options for acquiring one, but the quickest way is to purchase a PDF, which you can read immediately.
We’re always excited about new submissions, so don't be shy – send us your best work!
Submissions for issue 18 are now closed.
Yes, we accept simultaneous submissions as long as writers inform us as soon as possible if the work has been accepted elsewhere. We also accept multiple submissions as long as they are in separate categories. Please allow up to 6 months for a response before sending an inquiry.
Please send no more than 5 pages of poetry.
Word count for short stories, essays, and other prose should total under 5,000 words. Unless you’re writing flash fiction or very, very short stories, please only submit one piece.
Art & Photography
All images must be at least 300 dpi and in JPEG format. Please send a maximum of 5 pieces for consideration, but do feel free to include a link to your portfolio, if applicable. If there is an underlying artist’s statement for the pieces you’ve submitted, please also include it in your submission email.
We accept non-English works which are accompanied by a translation into English. We often present a translated poem alongside the original to highlight the similarities and differences of language and interpretation. (For reasons of space, we tend to publish translated short stories or essays in English only.) Permission must be granted for publication in SAND from both the author and the translator and, if necessary, the author’s publisher.