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.
SAND was founded in 2009 by Becky Crook. In the years since, our large, evolving team has published more than two thousand pages of visual art and English-language fiction, nonfiction, and poetry (including translations) from over forty countries and territories. We have long amplified underrepresented voices and have a particular interest in writers and artists who are women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, working class, international, and/or geographically marginalized.
Because we tend to publish emerging voices, our contributors’ impressive accomplishments often come after their appearance in SAND. Stories that first appeared in our pages have been included in three Best Small Fictions anthologies; our fiction contributors have gone on to win the Nordic Prize and the German Book Prize. Artists featured in SAND have received an award from TIME Magazine and been collected by museums. Contributing poets have been honored with the Hawker Prize for Southeast Asian Poetry, the Brunel International African Literature Prize, the Georg Büchner Prize, a New York Times Best Poetry of the Year listing, and the European Union Award for Literature. Our translators have received the US National Translation Award and been named Literary Translator of the London Book Fair.
SAND is part of Berlin’s lively independent literary and art scene. We periodically host physical and virtual events – including our well-known twice-annual issue launches – and collaborate with the creative communities of Berlin, Europe, and the wider world. We celebrated our tenth anniversary at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic with a weekend-long festival of writing, art, and music streamed on YouTube. Larger pre-pandemic side projects included a literary immersive theater performance about Elizabeth Barrett Browning in a Berlin cemetery, our Translating the Untranslatable workshop at A-Festival in Vietnam, a workshop and exhibition during the Stadtsprachen festival of local non-German literatures, and the Found in Translation retreat for emerging literary translators back in 2013. We also co-judged the Berlin Writing Prize with The Reader in 2017 and held a Quick.SAND contest for flash fiction in 2015.
You can purchase SAND online or find SAND in bookstores in Berlin, the US, the UK, and several European countries. The bookstores that currently stock us are listed here. In non-pandemic times, we have also regularly participated in book and magazine fairs, including the Frankfurter Buchmesse, Miss Read in Berlin, and IndieCon in Hamburg. SAND is a member of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses and the Network of the Berlin Independent Literary Scene (NFLB).
We are an all-volunteer team driven by our passion for literature and art. If you live in Berlin and are interested in joining us, check our Join page for current openings.