SHARKPACK Annual seeks poems and short fiction of peril, philosophical power, experiment. We also seek visual art in an arresting, medium-conscious vein. We enthusiastically welcome your submissions.
Ours is a publication of unique dimension, content, and substance, with painstaking attention paid to formatting and visual appeal. We invite you to peruse the magazine—whose complete oeuvre is available online—previous to submitting.
SHARKPACK Annual has a small and dedicated staff, and believes the vision of our writers equals or surpasses any extant creative periodical. Moreover, in 2016, about 50% of submissions received 50-100 words of personal feedback; three of the pieces we published involved one-on-one caucuses between editor and writer.
Contributors of letters should be prepared to include recordings of their work for the issue.
Foremost, please review guidelines for general submissions here.
What sort of literature are we looking for? Linguistically and thoughtfully, it is the eldritch, the pithy, the electric, the gnostic, the visceral, the well-wrought, the purposefully experimental, and the expansive that are of interest to us. Irony is not of special interest. Popular currency is not of special interest. We prefer the hard-fought and sincere to the ‘sexy’ and ‘edgy.’ Please do not send us light verse or memoirish/emo prose.
Our interests in visual art are more difficult to pin down—abstract, figural, minimal, symbolist, surreal, and brut-style are all of interest. We are not interested in pop art variants, however. We also caution you against being too legible in your interpretation of a given theme.
Visual artists will be paid a small honorarium for their work; contributors of letters will receive a minimum $25 per published piece.
Our fourth issue is OPEN WATER: LONGFORM. You may write about any topic you want, but poems must be at least 50 lines, short fiction from 1,000-2,000 words. Art sequences should contain at least five (5) pieces.
The creative work that most excites us in a given issue will win the Prospero Prize—$150 cash and feature placement in the Annual. Generally, 1-2 Prizes will be awarded.
The Annual also sponsors two contests per year: OUR ALCHEMICAL VALENTINE, for a short (30-240 seconds) animation or game sequence; and Valus' Sigil, for poetry and short fiction that complicates or elucidates the gaming life. Please see said categories for more information and open and closing dates for submissions.
All writers are asked to submit their works as a single document, preferably a .pdf. Visual artists and animators / game developers should select the appropriate high-quality medium best suited to their particular work.
SHARKPACK Annual will ask you to grant us exclusive first North American serial rights; rights to publish in digital format; and first worldwide electronic publishing rights.
Should your writing be accepted for the magazine, a full contract will be e-mailed to you.
We're most grateful for your interest in SHARKPACK Annual, and look forward to reviewing your work.
You are invited, finally, to follow us on Twitter (@sharkpackpoetry) for updates, fun, and MICROVERSE contests.
Hoping to submit to Fathom's PITCH VIPER PRIZE, the SYSTEM \ CIRCULATORY SERIES, or to FUTUREPLANT: A GOTHIC? These portals will only appear during their respective scheduled dates.
FUTUREPLANT: A GOTHIC seeks work exploring the post-apocolyptic lives of Kingdom Plant and Kingdom Fungi.
As always, we want your experiments, things inchoate, Queer, pressing, acidic, abstract, asymmetrical, dire. Only poems and prose fit to meet—or be—the Gorgon.
In practice, the paperback anthology FUTUREPLANT: A GOTHIC (set for publication in 2018) wants text that is avant-garde / neo-gnostic in style, plant- or fungi-centered in subject. We cast our 'post-apocolyptic' net widely, and include 'a gothic' in our title to indicate the desire for moody darkness, limina, distance; and the strict absence, very distant presence, or marginalization of animals (including man). Points of entry / interest include, but are not limited to:
(i) Reflections on the living of plants and fungi;
(ii) Reflections on their mysterious living;
(iii) Drastic theses or theories on plant and fungal intelligence;
(iv) Plant and fungal life after human dominance;
(v) Plant and fungi as party to the end of human dominance;
(vi) Scenes that foreground the plant while relegating human or animal activity to backmatter;
(vii) Hard-fought persona pieces;
(viii) Work imagining the lives of 'virtual plants' (think Plants vs. Zombies or the world around Wander in Shadow of the Colossus) after the human users of electronics have perished;
(ix) Reworking of pop-culture plants or plant avatars (Poison Ivy, Woodrue, Swamp Thing, Black Orchid) in said environment;
(x) Cerebral fungi; houseplant seraphs; ghost gardening; hiveminds; rhizomes.
Allow us to reiterate: We desire foregrounded plants and fungi; moody darkness or neutral ambience, limina, distance; and the strict absence, very distant presence, or marginalization of animals (including man). So: copses of harrowing black elm and their intentions; one towering protean cactus in Bend, Oregon; what makes some mushroom grey-orange; but never Tulips in Space, never Little Shop of Horrors.
Previously published pieces are perfectly acceptable, as is new work. If you've got something under this rubric, we want to read it. 👊🏻
Contributors will be compensated with one (1) copy of the anthology; an option to buy more copies at a discount; and a tiny gift. In addition to our admiration.
/ Submission is free.
/ Manuscripts of poetry should not exceed 5 pages, though single poems can be any length up to five pages; fiction, NON-, or cross-genre work should be 2,000 words or fewer, with independent pieces (flashes, for example) any length.
/ Submission for FUTUREPLANT: A GOTHIC isn't blind; modest footers identifying the author are fine.
/ Please paginate your manuscript, beginning with the first page of the text proper.
/ Please check your work carefully for formatting and spelling errors—these issues denote a lack of care to a reader, and we cannot help but be affected by them.
/ Please do not include any illustrations.
/ Again, any or all of the text you submit may be previously published, as long as you hold the right to republish. Fathom will not negotiate with other publishers for rights to republish your work.
/ Please submit all materials in one (1) document. Multiple submissions from a single author will not be read (save for the first, of course!)—with the exception of work by one author in different genres.
/ If any of your submission has been previously published, please include an acknowledgments page noting specific publications.
/ Please e-mail the editor at email@example.com if you cannot submit electronically but would like us to consider your work for inclusion.
Review Fathom Books' first year of volumes here.
Review past issues of SHARKPACK Annual here.
Much love. We're looking forward to reading your provocative writing.