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. 

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.

**Regular poetry submissions are CLOSED for the month of June, during which we are only accepting submissions to our poetry contest.**

*** We have closed CNF submissions for the summer and will reopen in the fall (September 1). We're grateful for the abundance of quality work you've been sending us. We'll be using the summer to improve our response times and (eventually, briefly) give our readers a much-deserved break. ***

Sweet welcomes submissions of previously unpublished nonfiction cartoons, graphic narratives and photo essays that demonstrate both artistic and literary merit. We are interested in traditional forms and new innovative techniques. Submissions can be in color or black and white. Please format submission in a single .doc, as a .pdf or a .jpg series.
Ends on June 30, 2019$10.00

Sweet is thrilled to announce its second annual Poetry Contest. Generally, we appreciate accessible poems that build towards a powerful ending, and you can always read published poems in previous Sweet issues on our website. We look forward to reading your work!

Submissions Open: June 1st, 2019 - June 30th, 2019

Award: The Poetry Contest winner will receive $500 and publication in Sweet Lit. All other entries will be considered for regular publication in Sweet


  • Submit up to 5 poems in a single Microsoft Word (*.doc, *.docx) document. 
  • Please remove all identifying information from your document
  • Submissions must be previously unpublished
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome; however, please withdraw the specific poem(s) accepted elsewhere using the "Notes" function of Submittable
  • All submissions will be read by the Sweet editorial team and narrowed down to 10 finalists, which will be sent to a final judge whose name will be revealed after the end of the competition
  • The contest entry fee is $10, and all submissions will also be considered for regular publication. 

The CLMP Code of Ethics: CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

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