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Click here to read an article on why our art editor chose artwork by Amber Iman for publication in SAND 24

Detail of  Amber Iman’s artwork “dar,” published in SAND 24


“It had been this way for generations, I explained. If I were to truly remember all of my language, I would have to go back in time. I hadn’t just lost these words. They had never belonged to me in the first place.” (Full piece online for a limited time.)

“After Bert, or Bart, or Britt, or Brett got off of Lisa, he kissed her forehead roughly, the sand on his lips scraped her skin. He thanked her as if she had held a door open for him or picked up an object he’d dropped. […] The mermaid crawled up onto the beach and told Lisa she could have done better.”

“There is always the possibility that the young woman deliberately sets herself on fire. From our vantage point, from the other side of the bonfire, it’s hard to tell.”

“Sometimes monsters are invisible. They hide in the crevices of things and even in people, behind the faces they wear every day. They feed on secret things, the things you can never tell anyone, like this story. If you repeat it, you might invite monsters in. Do you understand?”

Abstract artwork in which the torso of a melting figure wearing glasses or swimming goggles hovers next to a chair

Gemma Carson’s artwork “Sun, Sea, Sunburn” in triplicate, published in SAND 24


“You will be asked, where you are from./ The question presumes not here.”

“I have been furtively loving a place / Neither as hard as a gravel or a rock / Nor as restless, skeptical and indecisive as a sand dune”

“i am shitting blood. / are you allowed to say that in a poem? / will the great ghost of langston hughes run me through / with a broadsword? will my mom see this / and say ‘honey, why?'”

“as if / we were empty as if / inside us both there was not a / mouth / hungry. / sour / with the taste of a leaving sickness”

Image of a smiling doll's head with curly natural Black hair floating in a sea of velvet. Artwork by Charmaine de Heij Published in SAND 24.

Detail of an artwork in the “Penumbra” series by cover artist Charmaine de Heij, published in SAND 24


“I found my souvenir airbag on a car in a tow lot, the collateral damage of a head-on crash with a charter bus. I was told the driver of the car had died instantly because not even the airbag could have saved her life.”

“The Iowa landscape is cultivated and purposeful. Cornfields do not have to explain their usefulness or excuse their ample existence. But what use is a mountain? It exists only unto itself. A mountain stands tall and straight and still and says: ‘I am enough.'”

Three abstract woodcuttings from artist Elise Carlton in which scrap pieces of wood create shapes that could be feathers or ears or humans or bicycles

Three artworks from Elise Carlton’s series “Court,” published in SAND 24


“The blend of the everyday and the abstract evokes personal and social archeologies, about ways to unearth the unsaid and unsayable, by arranging and re-arranging its fragments.” 

“Details evoke the work of memory and forgetting, pointing to time and history as physical imprints and journeys through space as multiple timelines.” 

“Hu describes the work as “a sparse, cathartic set of visuals,” saying the series “ruminates on the old corners of youth and growth. Began, simply, our inner stream of consciousness; the hushed reflections, the ambient hums, the drifted murmurs — but also, at times, a harsh, roaring buzz.”

Our SAND 21 cover artist, Morgan Stokes, gives a virtual studio tour and speaks with our former Art Editor Ruhi Amin for our online 10th anniversary festival in May 2020. 


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Click here to read an article on the top reasons SAND editors reject and accept submissions

Our Prose & Poetry Editors on Acceptance & Rejection

Our editors discuss their top reasons for accepting and rejecting pieces, along with ways writers can better their chances of publication.

Image of poetry in translation. Click here to read an article on why literary translators should submit to literary journals.

Why Translators Should Submit to Literary Journals

Submitting to literary journals is a great way for emerging translators and talented authors to gain exposure & build their reputations.

Click here to read "Meet Our Art Editor: Alia Zapparova"

Meet Our Art Editor Alia Zapparova

Art Editor Alia Zapparova loves “the conversation that emerges when visual art is presented in print alongside and in relationship with writing.”