Sugared Water 156

A project of Porkbelly Press (see other related projects)


Sugared Water is a literary magazine by and for people who love words. This idea was born in graduate school, land of pushing and researching, reading and writing, caffeinated late-night critiques and exhausting, joyful breakthroughs. It was during our own growth as writers (and editors—we’ve all served on other lit mags), that we’ve come to this idea to carve out a hideaway for things that we adore.
FICTION: Hybrid forms are our favorite thing—don’t be afraid to throw in some genre. Here be fans of speculative fiction. We dig the literary stuff too, don’t let our fairy tales fool you. Give us your briar patches and shady ladies, your heroes and literary tales. We ain’t afraid of tarot.
NONFICTION: Yes, we love the lyric essay. We adore character sketches, journal entries, letters, and flash nonfiction. We’ll try experimental prose-poem forms and things that blend and bend the lines of reality whilst remaining true at the heart. We’ll check out your braided essays and hermit crabs, your lists and even your word maps. Stun us with the beauty of your words.
POETRY: We’d be delighted to sample your finest poems, narrative or lyric, experimental or grounded. We look forward to leaping with you, discovering as you lead us along the page. We dig prose poems and little free verse poems, haiku or sonnet—even broken sonnets! Give us your decayed, sugar-crusted little black hearts. Write to us about sun-warmed planks and hollow bones. Don’t be afraid to bury the grotesque right next to the beautiful. It’s the change we’re looking for, the surprise hidden just under the surface.

Sugared WaterUnited States

Submission Periods

F Open to fiction submissions through Tuesday, November 1, 2016 (12.4 days from now).6
N Open to nonfiction submissions through Tuesday, November 1, 2016 (12.4 days from now).1
P Open to poetry submissions through Tuesday, November 1, 2016 (12.4 days from now).8


G GeneralOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Cross-Genre, Slipstream.
F FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres.
M Mystery/CrimeOpen to all/most Subgenres.
S Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres.
O Open to all/most Genres 

Audience, Poetry Forms, Styles & Topics

Audience:Open to a broad Audience.
Poetry Forms:Open to all/most Forms, including: Experimental poetry, Free verse, Haiku (or related), Lyric poetry, Narrative poetry, Prose poetry, Sonnet.
Styles:Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:Open to all/most Topics, including: Other (May vary).

Types & Lengths

Y Essayup to 2,000 words
Z Narrative Nonfictionup to 2,000 words
P Poemno line limits known; 3 - 5 pieces
F Flash Fictionup to 1,000 words
S Short Story1,000 - 2,000 words

Media & Publication Frequency

P Print PublicationUnknown publication frequency


We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
F FictionN No monetary payment
N NonfictionN No monetary payment
P PoetryN No monetary payment

Submission Types

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  Electronic SubsPostal SubsReprintsSimultaneous
F Fiction OK No No OK
N Nonfiction OK No No OK
P Poetry OK No No OK

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Date Added:
06 May 2013
Last Updated:
01 Oct 2016