Submit Your Work!

Submissions to SAND are currently closed and will reopen on 15 November 2019.

We are looking for writing and art that catches us by surprise. We’re particularly interested in work by women, people from the LGBTQ+ community, people of color, and people from marginalized locations.

You can read more about SAND on the About page, but 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. The quickest is to purchase a PDF, which you can read immediately.

You can also read about what we look for in submissions at Aerogramme, Lambda Literary, Duotrope, and Lettrétage.

We’re always excited about new submissions, so don't be shy – send us your best work!


When are submissions open?

Submissions are open twice per year:
1 May – 6 July 2019
15 November 2019 – 5 January 2020

What kind of submissions does SAND accept?

We accept previously unpublished short stories, poetry, flash fiction, translations, photography, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, video stills, and other forms of visual art.

Does SAND accept simultaneous or multiple submissions?

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.

Please note that our collaborative editing process, especially for prose, is more thorough than at some other journals. This is always in conversation with the author, who naturally always has the final say.

Visual Art

A detailed overview of our requirements is available here.


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