Sugared Water #001, Literary Magazine

Sugared Water is a cross-genre literary magazine made in Cincinnati, Ohio. It’s also Porkbelly Press’ first title.


SW is printed in a limited edition of 240, featuring a two color, hand-pulled, screenprinted covers (60+ lb, kraft stock, 100% recycled, 20% PCW), stenciling in brilliant gold. It’s also bound and editioned by hand. Edited by Nicci Mechler.

From the website: If we could candy words, we’d eat them to bellyaches every afternoon. We carry journals and collect chapbooks like Smaug ripping through a gold-sequin disco. If we’re lucky enough to leave something behind that enriches the dialogue of writerly types around the world, so much the better. Send us your stuff—we’ll only hoard it for a little while.

Are you a writer or poet? Sugared Water reads April 1 – July 1 and October 1 – January 1 via Submittable.

Several local poets are featured in the mag. #001 contains 56 pages: 21 poems, 1 piece of creative nonfiction, and 3 works of flash and short fiction.

Contributors include: Paul David Adkins, Jessica Bixel, Michael Brookbank, Wendy Creekmore, Rebecca Emanuelsen, Lauren Gordon, Carol Guess, Roxanne Kent-Drury, Vickie Knueven, Kate LaDew, Christen Leppla, Kelly Magee, Jennifer Martelli, Rebecca McLeod, P. Andrew Miller, Caitlin Neely, Victor David Sandiego, Tori Telfer, Rex Anthony Trogdon, Loretta Diane Walker, Sara Walters, Hilda Weaver, and Yim Tan Wong.

SW is available for purchase via Wicked Little Heart (Etsy) in the Porkbelly Press section.