Submit Your Work

Submissions Open July 29 - Sept. 1, 2020

Submission Guidelines

Founded in 2009, SAND looks for submissions that push the boundaries of form, message, and voice in fresh and unpredictable ways—work that is haunting for its soul, edge, and truth. 


If you read SAND, you know that we are all about work that subverts. Fresh can be slow, sensitive can be rough, bold can be quiet. SAND is eclectic and publishes writing that takes risks, whether subtly or overtly, with voice, structure, character, or language. Reading past issues is the best way to get to know us, and you can also check out a print or pdf copy of SAND. You can also check out performances of work we've published + editorial interviews about our style and approach on our YouTube page.

SAND is made by a diverse international team in Berlin, and we welcome writers and artists from a range of perspectives to submit, including those who are women, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, people of color, working class, and/or geographically underrepresented. Most of us editors are also writers, and we know how it goes. That’s why we consider every submission, why we welcome emerging writers and artists, and why we will never charge you fees for submitting. (Donations and subscriptions are of course appreciated, and help us stay weird and independent.)

  • Submissions are open from July 29 - Sept. 1, 2020. Submissions close at midnight, Berlin time.


  • We accept previously unpublished poems, short fiction, flash fiction, translations, and art. (Creative Nonfiction is currently closed.) Work forthcoming in a book, including excerpts, is acceptable, as long as it appears in SAND before the book's publication date. We ask for worldwide First Serial Rights. (Rights revert to you after publication.)


  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please 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 six months for a response before sending an inquiry. 

  • Thanks to a grant from the Berlin Senate, we are now able to pay our contributors. We also send all contributors a free copy of SAND and promise faithful promotion of your writing/art for as long as we both shall live.

Poetry


  • Please send us poems that take interesting risks. Your weird poems, your challenging poems, your sensitive poems. Poems unanticipated.

  • We want poems that are attentive to their language; precise and economical. We would like to see specific and deliberate methods for setting the words on the page. If your work considers classical forms and uses them to new ends, send it. If it rejects traditional forms and forges new ones, we want it. Push the bounds of what is ordinarily pondered, and send the results our way.

  • Due to design considerations, prose poetry that is particularly wide is likely to undergo some spatial shifts during the editing process.

  • We will not consider submissions over 5 pages.

  • Please note that we may suggest edits, but final edits we will first confirm with the poet.

Fiction and Flash Fiction


  • Send subversive fiction that will pull the tops of our heads off, to paraphrase Emily Dickinson. We want to read stories that need to be told from perspectives that aren’t always heard. Take risks that surprise us and keep us wanting to read long after your story is finished. To make sure your submission is right for SAND, read about our fiction preferences here.


  • We accept previously unpublished short stories, flash fiction, and translations. We do not read full novels, novel excerpts, full novellas, or plays.


  • Writers may submit one short story (up to 5,000 words) OR a single file with up to three pieces of flash fiction (of up to 1000 words each, not to exceed 3000 words).


  • Fiction reads submissions blind. Do not include your name or any other identifying information on the document you submit. We will automatically reject any submissions that include identifying information.


  • We accept translations of fiction into English. Submitters should ensure that they have permission from the author and publisher to print the translation before submitting.

  • Submit the most complete, most polished version of your work. In exceptional cases, we sometimes edit stories in conversation with the author, who naturally has the final say.

Creative Nonfiction 

  • Nonfiction submissions are currently closed. 

Translations

  • We accept translations into English of poetry, fiction, and flash fiction. (Creative nonfiction is currently closed.) 

  • We generally include the original version of a poem or flash piece alongside the translation. For reasons of space, we publish translated longer prose in English only.

  • The original work may be previously published, as long as it has not been translated to English before. Permission must be granted for publication in SAND from both the author and the translator and, if necessary, the author’s publisher.

  • Please include the name and brief biography for both the author and translator in your cover letter, as well as a copy of the text in its original language.

Visual Art


  • We accept all forms of visual and conceptual art, including photographs, drawings, paintings, art prints, sculptures, installations, and video stills.

  • Artwork may have previously appeared in an exhibition or online, as long as it has not been included in a magazine, catalogue, or other print publication.

  • 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 cover letter.

  • All images must be at least 300 dpi and in high resolution: at least 2480 pixels tall by 1748 wide so they can potentially be printed in a full page of our magazine. Prospective cover images should be at least 2500 x 3600 pixels.

  • SAND features full-color art on the cover, the inside cover, and a dedicated 16-page art section. We also include artworks interspersed throughout the issue; because these pages are not full-color, we are especially interested in grayscale works such as drawings and prints that can appear outside the full-color section.

  • JPG, PNG, and TIF formats are acceptable.