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.
/ 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.