Submission Guidelines

Submissions Open 20 Dec - 10 Jan

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. 

SAND is made by a diverse international team in Berlin, and we welcome submissions from a range of perspectives, especially from writers and artists who are BIPOC, LGBTQ+, nonbinary, women, disabled, working class, migrants, international, 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.) 

This is also why we’ve worked very hard to make SAND a paying market for the writers and artists we publish. We currently pay semi-professional rates which vary based on our funding.

The best way to get to know if your work is a fit for us is to read SAND, check out past or upcoming webinars on craft and submissions, to read editor interviews, to watch readings and interviews on SAND’s YouTube channel, and to check out excerpts and examples of what we publish on our homepage and Instagram.

 

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR ALL GENRES

  • Submissions are open 20 December 2021 – 10 January 2022.
    We accept previously unpublished poems, fiction, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, flash nonfiction, translations, and visual art.
  • There is a cap on fiction, creative nonfiction, flash, and poetry submissions, so these genres may close before 10 January. Submit to these genres as early as possible.
  • Work forthcoming in a book, including stand-alone 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.
  • You may submit in multiple genres, but you may only submit once per genre.
  • Please allow six months for a response before sending an inquiry.
  • We ask past contributors to wait at least two issues before submitting again in order to ensure enough space for new voices.
  • We pay contributors semi-professional rates which vary depending on our current funding
 POETRY GUIDELINES

  • 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.
  • Submit up to 5 pages of poetry. We will not consider submissions beyond this length.
  • We accept translations of poetry into English. Submitters should ensure that they have permission from the author and publisher to print the translation before submitting. (See the section on translations below.)
  • Please keep in mind that our journal size is A5. Due to design considerations, prose poetry that is particularly wide is likely to undergo some spatial shifts during the editing process.
  • There is a cap on poetry submissions, and this category might close before 10 January 2022.
 
 
FICTION AND FLASH FICTION GUIDELINES



 

  • Send us risk-taking, subversive, experimental fiction with soul. We are especially interested in literary fiction that crosses genres, that takes risks with structure/form/voice, that subverts expectations about tropes and genres, and that includes multi-dimensional characters who represent the full range of identities in the world. To ensure your submission is right for SAND, check out the resources linked above.
  • We accept previously unpublished short stories, flash fiction, and translations. We do not read full novels, full novellas, or plays. We will read stand-alone novel excerpts, but only if they truly stand alone.
  • 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).
  • Do not include your name or any other identifying information on the document you submit. Fiction reads submissions blind. 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. (See the section on translations below.)
  • There is a cap on fiction and flash fiction submissions, and these categories might close before 10 January.
  CREATIVE NONFICTION & FLASH NONFICTION GUIDELINES

  • Send us literary nonfiction that subverts, that surprises, that has soul. We are especially interested in work that pushes the boundaries of the genre. Flash, personal essays, lyric essays, craft essays, hybrid pieces, nonfiction in verse, travel writing are all welcome. However, we are not the right place for hard criticism, journalism or analysis, or writing that takes a distinctly academic approach.
  • We accept previously unpublished short pieces, flash nonfiction, and translations unpublished in English. We accept stand-alone book excerpts, but only if they truly stand alone.
  • Writers may submit one short piece (up to 5,000 words) OR a single file with up to three pieces of flash nonfiction (of up to 1000 words each, not to exceed 3000 words).
  • Please submit a Word file and use standard formatting for submissions: 1.5 or double spacing, a standard 12-point font, and 1-inch/2.54 cm margins. PDFs are also accepted for complex or experimental writing that doesn’t fit in Word formatting.
  • To be as fair as possible, nonfiction reads blind. Please do not include your name or any other identifying information in the document itself. Your name, bio, and contact information will be recorded by Submittable and will not be visible to us during initial readings. Your submission should contain only the title of the piece submitted + word count.
  • We accept translations of nonfiction into English. Submitters should ensure that they have permission from the author and publisher to print the translation before submitting. (See the section on translations below.)
  • There is a cap on nonfiction and flash nonfiction submissions, and these categories might close before 10 January.
TRANSLATION GUIDELINES

  • We accept translations into English of poetry, fiction, and flash fiction. (Creative nonfiction is currently closed.)
  • We generally include the original version of the poem or flash piece alongside the English translation in the journal. For reasons of space, we publish longer translations in English only.
  • The original work may be previously published, as long as it has not been previously published in English translation.
  • Permission must be granted for publication from both the author and translator and, if necessary, the author’s publisher.
  • Please include a 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 GUIDELINES

 

  • We accept all forms of visual and conceptual art, including photographs, drawings, paintings, art prints, sculptures, installations, and video stills. We are interested in both full-color and grayscale works.
  • 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.
  • JPG, PNG, and TIF formats are acceptable.
  • 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. (See image below.)