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. 


ENDED! Fathom read shortbook manuscripts for our PITCH VIPER PRIZE in March. 

ENDED! Fathom read longbook manuscripts and QUEER ANTI-DREAMS subs in June and July. 

ENDED! Fathom read shortbook manuscripts for our SYSTEM \ CIRCULATORY series in September and October. 

SHARKPACK Annual submissions (theme: 'Play') are open November through January, 2018. 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 full content for 2014-2017 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.   

AS OF THIS ISSUE, THE ANNUAL IS A FULL PRINT JOURNAL WITH WEB CONTENT! 
 
Contributors of letters should be prepared to include recordings of their work for the issue, should we choose to feature yr work online. 

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 fifth issue is PLAY. Whatcha got? Kink? Esprit de corps? Formal élan? The dead marching? Amusement parks? Coin collecting? Drag? Butterflies? Poems any length, fiction + NON- up to 1000 words, visual art sequences any length.

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 worldwide electronic publishing rights and worldwide print publishing rights. We are happy to receive grossly good work that's already been published so we may feature it again.

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. 

If ya like, follow us on Twitter (@sharkpackpoetry

Hoping to submit to Fathom's PITCH VIPER PRIZE, the SYSTEM \ CIRCULATORY SERIESor to FUTUREPLANT: A GOTHIC? These portals will only appear during their respective scheduled dates. 
Ends on January 31, 2018
A few notes:

1. Please review general guidelines for SHARKPACK Annual [here].
2. Please limit your submissions to five (5) pages. We will simply discard pages from the backs of entries in excess of these limits.
3. Please do not include a cover letter—your writing will be your only qualification. You may include your name (inconspicuously) on your submission.
4. Please assure your contact information on submittable.com is accurate, and that some part of it (e-mail, telephone) will remain so for the next year. 
5. Please send us a few of your best pieces; we promise to review them with great attention.
6. IMPORTANT: This issue is themed PlayWhat's that?—kink maybe; philately; amusement parks; formal élan; esprit de corps; quick kisses in alleyways; Operation; secret games; who knows. In poetry, single poems shouldn't exceed 50 lines; for short fiction, no more than 1,000 words; visual art may be a series of any length or a single piece.

Do not feel bound by genre, which is a shorthand. Any experiment is heeded in this house.  

Thank you kindly for your submission.  
Ends on January 31, 2018$7.00
$7.00
Choosing this category affords you a very fast response: we'll reply within 5 days of your submission. A fine option for those of us who like quick gratification or quick pains.

A (likely) obvious notice: choosing this category will not qualify the thoroughness of our attention, nor will it increase the likelihood of acceptance. 

A few notes:


1. Please review general guidelines for SHARKPACK Annual [here].
2. Please limit your submissions to five (5) pages. We will simply discard pages from the backs of entries in excess of these limits.
3. Please do not include a cover letter—your writing will be your only qualification. You may include your name (inconspicuously) on your submission.
4. Please assure your contact information on submittable.com is accurate, and that some part of it (e-mail, telephone) will remain so for the next year. 
5. Please send us a few of your best pieces; we promise to review them with great attention.
6. IMPORTANT: This issue is themed PlayWhat's that?—kink maybe; philately; amusement parks; formal élan; esprit de corps; quick kisses in alleyways; Operation; secret games; who knows. In poetry, single poems shouldn't exceed 50 lines; for short fiction, no more than 1,000 words; visual art may be a series of any length or a single piece. 

Do not feel bound by genre, which is a shorthand. Any experiment is heeded in this house.  

Thank you kindly for your submission.  
Ends on January 31, 2018
A few notes:

1. Please review general guidelines for SHARKPACK Annual [here].
2. Please limit your submissions to five (5) pages. We will simply discard pages from the backs of entries in excess of these limits.
3. Please do not include a cover letter—your writing will be your only qualification. You may include your name (inconspicuously) on your submission.
4. Please assure your contact information on submittable.com is accurate, and that some part of it (e-mail, telephone) will remain so for the next year. 
5. Please send us a few of your best pieces; we promise to review them with great attention.
6. IMPORTANT: This issue is themed PlayWhat's that?—kink maybe; philately; amusement parks; formal élan; esprit de corps; quick kisses in alleyways; Operation; secret games; who knows. In poetry, single poems shouldn't exceed 50 lines; for short fiction, no more than 1,000 words; visual art may be a series of any length or a single piece. 

Do not feel bound by genre, which is a shorthand. Any experiment is heeded in this house.  

Thank you kindly for your submission.  
Ends on January 31, 2018$7.00
$7.00
Choosing this category affords you a very fast response: we'll reply within 5 days of your submission. A fine option for those of us who like quick gratification or quick pains.

A (likely) obvious notice: choosing this category will not qualify the thoroughness of our attention, nor will it increase the likelihood of acceptance. 

A few notes:

1. Please review general guidelines for SHARKPACK Annual [here].
2. Please limit your submissions to five (5) pages. We will simply discard pages from the backs of entries in excess of these limits.
3. Please do not include a cover letter—your writing will be your only qualification. You may include your name (inconspicuously) on your submission.
4. Please assure your contact information on submittable.com is accurate, and that some part of it (e-mail, telephone) will remain so for the next year. 
5. Please send us a few of your best pieces; we promise to review them with great attention.
6. IMPORTANT: This issue is themed PlayWhat's that?—kink maybe; philately; amusement parks; formal élan; esprit de corps; quick kisses in alleyways; Operation; secret games; who knows. In poetry, single poems shouldn't exceed 50 lines; for short fiction, no more than 1,000 words; visual art may be a series of any length or a single piece. 

Do not feel bound by genre, which is a shorthand. Any experiment is heeded in this house.  

Thank you kindly for your submission.  
Ends on January 31, 2018
Our webmaster has created a fluid, content-forward environment for your visual art. A few points:

1. Please review general guidelines for SHARKPACK Annual [here].
2. Please limit your submission to five (5) pieces, no more than 600x600 pixels each. If your work is accepted, you'll need to provide high quality images for the site. 
3. Double-check the quality of your image before you upload it; it's all we have to judge you on, after all!
4. Please include a 100-word artist's statement about your portfolio of work. Do not include a cover letter, however—your art will be your only qualification. 
5. Please assure your contact information on submittable.com is accurate, and that some part of it (e-mail, telephone) will remain so for the next year. 
6. Please send us a few of your best pieces; we promise to review them with great attention.
7. IMPORTANT: This issue is themed PlayWhat's that?—kink maybe; philately; amusement parks; formal élan; esprit de corps; quick kisses in alleyways; Operation; secret games; who knows. In poetry, single poems shouldn't exceed 50 lines; for short fiction, no more than 1,000 words; visual art may be a series of any length or a single piece. 

Do not feel bound by genre, which is a shorthand. Any experiment is heeded in this house.  

Thank you kindly for your submission.