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! We read submissions all year. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please let us know asap if your work has been accepted elsewhere in the following ways: 1) Use the “withdraw” option on Submittable to let us know that your singly submitted piece has been accepted elsewhere. 2) For poetry submissions or multiple short essays, use the “note” function with Submittable to tell us which piece(s) are unavailable and which are still available. Our preferred poetry 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.
** 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. ***
We accept submissions through our online submission manager.
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.