Sugared Water 131

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.
NON-FICTION: 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

FTemporarily closed to fiction submissions. Will be open to submissions from Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (32.4 days from now) through Wednesday, July 1, 2015.3
NTemporarily closed to non-fiction submissions. Will be open to submissions from Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (32.4 days from now) through Wednesday, July 1, 2015.0
PTemporarily closed to poetry submissions. Will be open to submissions from Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (32.4 days from now) through Wednesday, July 1, 2015.4

Genres, Styles & Subjects

GGeneralOpen to all/most SubGenres, including: Cross-Genre, Slipstream.
FFantasyOpen to all/most SubGenres.
MMystery/CrimeOpen to all/most SubGenres.
SScience FictionOpen to all/most SubGenres.
OOpen to All/Most Genres 
 Styles:Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
 Poetry Forms:Open to all/most Forms, including: Experimental poetry, Free verse, Haiku (or related), Lyric poetry, Narrative poetry, Prose poetry, Sonnet.
 Subjects:Open to all/most Subjects, including: Subject/Theme(s) may vary.

Types & Lengths

YEssayup to 4500 words
ZNarrative Non-Fictionup to 4500 words
PPoemno line limits known; 3 - 5 pieces
FFlash Fictionup to 1000 words
SShort Story1000 - 4500 words

Media & Publication Frequency

PPrint PublicationUnknown publication frequency


We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
FShort fictionN No monetary payment.
NShort non-fictionN No monetary payment.
PPoetryN No monetary payment.

Submission Types

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  Electronic SubsPostal SubsReprintsSimultaneous
FFiction OK No No OK
NNon-Fiction OK No No OK
PPoetry OK No No OK

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Date Added:
06 May 2013
Last Updated:
01 Jan 2015
Last Checked:
11 Feb 2015