SAND Journal

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

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.

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 November 15, 2019, to January 5, 2020. Submissions close at midnight, Berlin time.

• We accept previously unpublished poems, short fiction, flash fiction, translations, and art. (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. 

We are a nonprofit, volunteer team, and are currently unable to pay our contributors. We are working very hard to change that, and for the moment we offer a free copy of SAND and faithful promotion of your writing/art for as long as we both shall live. 

SAND Journal