Fathom is an independent small press that publishes volumes of poetry, very experimental fiction, hybrids, poetics, speculation, Other. We’re into our second publication year—explore using the link above.

Fathom Books is closely associated with the values and standards of the SHARKPACK. We care for voices willing to speak in their own alien throats.

Submissions opportunities for the upcoming months are listed below. Subs will be accepted for specific calls only during the months listed; please plan accordingly. In addition, submissions will only be accepted through our Submittable portal.


3/1/18 – 4/1/18: Submissions accepted for the PITCH VIPER PRIZE, a shortbook competition judged by Julia Lewis. Our interest is in experiment, acid, Queer, dire, Other—no other guidelines apply. Open genre. Manuscripts should be between 16 – 22 pages. $10 entry fee; winner receives paper book publication in 2019, a $250 honorarium,  and will act as final judge for the competition in 2019. Finalists considered for publication. Submittable link above.

6/1/18 – 7/1/18: Submissions accepted for longbooks: experimental poetry, experimental fiction, speculation, Non-, Other. This is not a contest, but an opportunity to get your strange manuscript in front of the editor. (Our first scheduled 2019 longbook was selected from our 2017 call!) 75 pages maximum for poetry; 115 all other genres (if you’ve written something longer and extraordinary, trim your manuscript to fit guidelines and leave a note for us). Every effort will be made to reply with a few lines in way of reflection on your work. $15 fee. Submittable link above.

11/15/18 – 1/15/19: Open submissions for SHARKPACK Annual 2019. The theme is DRY. Submission is free, with paid options for expedited response. Cash honorariums paid; publication is in paperbook, with selections featured online. Submittable link above. 

ROLLING: Open submissions for Fathom’s forthcoming collection QUEER ANTI-DREAMS, 2000-20—Queers writing our desire and our Imaginary against the big sea of heterosocial tropes and exports that would try to legislate even our unconscious life. The anthology seeks poetry, NON- and flash fiction of peril for an anthology that will both chronicle and help give motile definition to Queer since 2000. Scherezade Siobhan will join Fathom as contributing editor on this project. Submission is free; accepted authors will be included in a paper book publication. Submittable link above. 

ROLLING: Open submissions for Fathom’s forthcoming collection FUTUREPLANT: A GOTHICWe’re looking for alien, forceful writing of any genre that imagines an Earth reclaimed by plants and fungi. Pay special attention to ‘a gothic’: portentously gloomy or horrifying. So, copses of harrowing black elm and their Intention; one towering protean cactus in Bend, Oregon; what makes some mushroom grey-orange; but never Tulips in Space. Poems should not exceed 100 lines; prose, 2,000 words maximum. Submission is free; accepted authors will be included in a paper book publication in 2019 and receive a small (TBD) honorarium. Submittable link above. 

ROLLING: Open submissions for the SYSTEM \ CIRCULATORY SERIES for avant-garde games writing. The seriousness of your approach should be a direct challenge to fanfic-style, soft video game ekphrasis. Any genre; but please take care not to send memoir with game as accessory to limp personal narrative. Manuscripts should be between 16 – 22 pages. Submittable link above.