About Us

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 nearly two thousand pages of visual art and English-language fiction, nonfiction, and poetry (including translations) from forty countries and territories. We have a particular interest in work by women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people from marginalized locations. Stories that first appeared in SAND have been included in three Best Small Fictions anthologies and were nominated for a Stack award. 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 the Literary Translator of the London Book Fair.

SAND is part of Berlin’s lively independent literary and art scene. We periodically host events – including our well-known twice-annual launch parties – and collaborate with the creative communities of Berlin, Europe, and the wider world. Larger projects have 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 at bookstores in Berlin and several European countries. We also participate 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.

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.

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