The editors at Sweet understand that there are good works that get overlooked, and that often our decisions are based not just on quality but also on taste. That said: Sweet publishes emerging and established writers three times a year--September, January, and May. We typically close submissions during contest times (June for Poetry and November for CNF).
Sweet seeks only poetry and creative nonfiction and anything in between. Sorry, fiction writers! Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work has been taken by another literary journal (we'd like to be the first to congratulate you).
Our preferred submission size is 3-5 poems. For creative non-fiction, we prefer 2-3 short-short creative nonfiction pieces or one longer one. Essays should not exceed 1,500 words total.
Along with your attachment, please include a brief cover letter and bio with your submission. Also, after sending us a portfolio of work, please wait to hear back before sending another.
We accept poetry and CNF submissions through our online submission manager during the months of April, May, June, and July. Graphic submissions are open year round. Poetry Contest submissions are accepted during the month of February and Flash CNF Contest submissions are accepted in November each year.
Please send 2-3 short-shorts or one longer piece of creative nonfiction in a single Microsoft Word (*.doc, *.docx) document.
- Essays should not exceed 1,500 words total
- Submissions must be previously unpublished
- Simultaneous submissions are welcome; however, please withdraw your entry immediately via Submittable if it is accepted for publication elsewhere