Fathom Books seeks writing of peril, philosophical power, experiment. We care for voices willing to speak in their own alien throats. Challenge us.


➡️We'll read shortbook manuscripts for our PITCH VIPER PRIZE in March. Click appropriate portal below for more info.


➡️We'll read longbook manuscripts in June. Click appropriate portal below for more info.


➡️Submissions for Q\A\D, FUTUREPLANT: A GOTHIC, and our SYSTEM \ CIRCULATORY SERIES are rolling. Click appropriate portal below for more info.


➡️We'll read submissions for SHARKPACK Annual 11/18 - 1/19. See directly below for more info.


Our sixth issue for SHARKPACK Annual is themed DRY. Deserts, maybe. Deep deserts. Gypsum rose. What's butterless? What's parched, scorched, baked? Sobriety. The waggish and the sardonic or the sterile. The gasping and also the crisp in wine and the tart, piquant. Maybe bones. 

Poems any length, fiction + NON- up to 1000 words. We also have a special interest in photography for this issue.

Contributors receive a small honorarium of $25. 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. 

Read more about our text interests for the Annual here.

If ya like, follow us on Twitter (@sharkpackpoetry). 

Inaugurated in 2015 with the publication of Owen Vince's outstanding THE ADRIFT OF SAMUS ARAN, the SYSTEM \ CIRCULATORY SERIES seeks avant-garde games-writing. 



Authors with entries in the SYSTEM \ CIRCULATORY SERIES will receive a $250 honorarium; a sharply-designed paperbook publication by Fathom Books; and 5 author copies, with the opportunity to purchase more at cost.

Any genre is permitted, but please take care not to send memoir with game as accessory to limp personal narrative. The seriousness of your approach should be a direct challenge to fanfic-style, soft video game ekphrasis. You need not cast Kirby as Goethe's Werther, of course—but keep in mind Fathom has no interest in light verse, common diaries, or fiction published in popular magazines. 

Other details:

/ Submission is free, but please do not send more than one manuscript without querying the editor first.

/ Manuscripts should be between 16-22 pages, excluding front- and backmatter.

/ Please paginate your manuscript, beginning with the first page of the text proper.

/ Please include a table of contents if you believe it appropriate for your work.

/ 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. 

/ A sample of a simple manuscript setup would be: title page; table of contents; opening page to last page of manuscript proper; acknowledgments page (if applicable).

/ Any form will do for submission: 1 long poem, 16 short poems, 8 short stories, 3 cross-genre pieces, &c &c.

/ Please do not include any illustrations.

/ All entries must be majorly (90%+) in English.

/ Some parts of your manuscript may be previously published, but the volume as a whole must live first with Fathom to be eligible for the prize. 

/ Please e-mail the editor at spece@fathombooks.org if you cannot submit electronically but would like us to consider your work for the prize. 

Review Fathom Books' volumes here.

Review past issues of SHARKPACK Annual here

Much love. We're looking forward to reading your provocative writing. 

Ends on July 1, 2018$15.00
$15.00

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. You'll also have the opportunity to purchase Fathom shortbooks at a discount, if you like. (Because of high shipping costs, we can only offer this discount to those living in the US—sorry!)


Manuscripts are considered for paperback publication in 2020 and 2021. 


Every effort will be made by the editor to reply with a few lines in way of reflection on your work.


Other details:


—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 Annualif 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 by 2020.

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 anti-cultural 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.    

Other details:

/ Submission is free.

/ Manuscripts of poetry should not exceed 5 pages, though single poems can be any length up to five 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, 2000-20— 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 spece@fathombooks.org 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' volumes here.

Review past issues of SHARKPACK Annual here

In solidarity or disambiguation! We're looking forward to reading your provocative writing. 
Ends on December 31, 2018

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 2019) 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 Colossusafter 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. 

Other details:

/ 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 spece@fathombooks.org if you cannot submit electronically but would like us to consider your work for inclusion. 


Review Fathom Books' volumes here.

Review past issues of SHARKPACK Annual here

Much love. We're looking forward to reading your provocative writing.