SHARKPACK Annual seeks poems and flash fiction (<1000 words) of peril, philosophical power, experiment. We also seek visual art in an arresting, medium-conscious vein. We enthusiastically welcome your submissions.
Fathom will be reading longbook manuscripts and writing for QUEER ANTI-DREAMS in June and July. Submit below.
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, for the forthcoming 2017 issue, about 50% of submissions received 50-100 words of personal feedback; six 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.
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.
Fathom Books seeks longbook submissions in experimental poetry, flash fiction, speculation, Other. $15 fee.
This is not a contest, but an opportunity to get your strange work in front of the editor. The submission fee includes your choice of either of Fathom's 2016 shortbooks: Laura Goode's Become a Name or Owen Vince's THE ADRIFT OF SAMUS ARAN. (Certain international writers may need to pay an additional shipping fee.)
Manuscripts are considered for paperback publication in 2018 and 2020 (we publish biennially).
Every effort will be made by the editor to reply with a few lines in way of reflection on your work.
—75 pages maximum for poetry, 115 all other genres, front- and backmatter excluded (if you've written something longer and extraordinary, trim your manuscript to fit guidelines and leave a note for us); minimum page count is 45;
—Consider submitting in .pdf to assure your formatting survives the Interwebs;
—Manuscripts must be written primarily in English, with international submissions in English enthusiastically accepted;
—Simultaneous submissions are accepted, with fees for each sub;
—All writing must be your original creative work;
—Both your time and income are precious; Fathom / SHARKPACK's only interest is in experimental / avant-garde / Neo-Gnostic writing. Please review current work at Fathom or SHARKPACK Annual if in doubt about whether we're a fit.
Perhaps we can begin a relationship? Thanks for your support of independent literature and of Fathom, cat.
Fathom Books seeks poems, NON- and flash fiction of peril, philosophical power, & experiment for an anthology that will both chronicle and help give motile definition to Queer since 2000. Submission is free, with publication in a fine paperback version coming in 2018.
Scherezade Siobhan will join Fathom as a contributing editor on this project.
This anthology—again—seeks to both chronicle and help give motile definition to Queer since 2000, about the time when the international community began to 'allow' certain Queer-identifying individuals into the heteronormative and normalizing institute of marriage (starting in the Netherlands, 2001).
QUEER ANTI-DREAMS: queers writing our desire & our Imaginary against the big sea of heterosocial tropes and exports that would try to legislate even our unconscious life.
While we are seeking text exclusively from writers identifying as Queer, the editors understand that term to be quite fraught: as same-sex coupling and romantic variations become less and less synonymous with Queer—as gender itself seems more and more a matter of prerogative—what counts as Queer is aquiver / begins to distance itself from both sexuality and gender. What counts as Queer? We are conjecturing, in part:
—That which opposes, for example, Julia Kristeva's 'society of the spectacle' and pabulum-culture;
—That which opposes the scripted half-life of common love and marriage;
—That which explores the Creaturely;
—That which explores (and finally rejects) its proximity to heterosocial protections (legal, physical, dietary, financial);
—That which opposes fraternity and sorority;
—That which explores itineracy;
—That which is 'in the fray';
—That which considers stigmergy or the Far Solitary;
—That which refuses apology for its kink or its militancy.
Your writing—not strictly your biography—must evince a Queerness in structure / content / style—this is the only writing in which we have interest. We suspect any such Queer writing will be thrilling to read, and need not, therefore, address erstwhile Queer themes to have purchase with us.
/ Submission is free.
/ Manuscripts of poetry should not exceed 10 pages, though single poems can be any length up to ten pages; flash fiction should be 1000 words or fewer; NON- or cross-genre work, 2000 words or fewer, with independent pieces any length.
/ Submission for QUEER ANTI-DREAMS, 2000-2018 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.
/ Any or all of the text you submit may be previously published (from 2000-present), 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.
/ Only work written primarily in English, please.
/ 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, if you have further questions about whether you ought to submit to this call, &c.
Review Fathom Books' first year of volumes here.
Review past issues of SHARKPACK Annual here.
In solidarity or disambiguation! We're looking forward to reading your provocative writing.