Based in Berlin, SAND is a nonprofit literary journal published twice a year by a team from the city’s international community. Featuring work by writers, translators, and artists from around the world, SAND seeks out fresh and underrepresented perspectives.
We’re particularly interested in work by women, people from the LGBTQ+ community, people of color, and people from marginalized locations.
SAND is a finalist for the 2018 Stack Awards in the category of Best Original Fiction. 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 19 are open until midnight, Berlin time, on 5 January 2019.
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.
All images must be at least 300 dpi and in high resolution: at least 2480 pixels tall by 1748 wide so it can potentially be printed in a full page of our magazine. Prospective cover images should be at least 2500 x 3600 pixels. JPG, PNG, and TIF formats are acceptable.
We accept all forms of visual and conceptual art, whether it be photography, drawing, painting, printmaking, etc. We also accept images of three dimensional sculptures, installations, and video art. Stills taken from performances are also highly encouraged. All rights to your work revert to you after publication.
Please submit work that has not been previously published in a physical magazine or art catalogue; however, if it has been published in an online magazine or even on Instagram, then we will definitely still be open to considering it.
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.