For the rest of the month of June we will be only seeking to publish Black LGBTQIA+ voices for our special issue: Black Voices of Pride 

Check out the info from our special issues pages:


At Variety Pack we know we can do more as a journal and we want to do more. In an effort to show solidarity with the amazing Black voices in the LGTBQIA+ Community. For the rest of June AND July we will be taking submissions exclusively from Black LGBTQIA+ creatives. Joining us on our team for this special issue, will be our guest editor Dior J. Stephens!

We are taking submissions in all categories; flash fiction, short fiction, poetry, cnf/essays, visual art/mixed media.

Also for this special issue we will be adding a donations button to our website, where the proceeds will go to paying our contributors and guest editor as well!

Please submit to the following email:

Please be sure to refer to our submission guidelines below: but remember the emails to send to don’t apply to this, please send to the one listed above^^^

Also ong with the guidelines provided below, please put in your subject line: Name: Genre – “Title” (For ex: Gerry: Flash Fiction – “Something, Something, Something”)

As well please be sure to include a third-person bio, and so we can promote your work; an Instagram/twitter handle or an author website (if any of the three are available)

Any other questions feel free to reach us at



Dior J. Stephens


Dior J. Stephens is a pure pisces and, occasionally, a poet. He is the author of SCREAMS & lavender, 001, and CANNON!, all with Ghost City Press. He tweets at @dolphinneptune and Instagrams at @dolphinphotos





Please greet the editors. 🙂

Fiction – We want something short that kicks through the door and pushes against the literary grain. We crave gripping, haunting work that is hard to turn away from once we dig in. We accept both genre and literary work.

Flash Fiction – Up to 1,000. Flash fiction should be sent to

Short Fiction –  Between 1,000 and 5,000 words  should be sent to

Preferred format is Times New Roman, double spaced, 12-point font.

Non-Fiction – Send us your cultural criticisms, immersive journalism, memoirs, creative non-fiction (CNF), and essays.

Send up to 3 NF pieces, a maximum of 5,000 words to Please include word count in the body of your email.

Preferred format is Times New Roman, double spaced, 12-point font.

Poetry – For poetry, like our love of narrative prose, the aesthetic we have has a broad and inclusive atlas. We are creatures of eclectic habit. We want poems that redefine the traditional forms of poetry. Feel free to send us haikus, ghazals, senryus, sestinas, sonnets, elegies, odes, among others, as long as they fit the spirit of what we’re about. If your style leans more on the experimental side of the pond, send us your confessions, erasures, dada, maybe visual poetry, or anything you think will work against the norms of literary canon entirely, feel free to send it our way.

Send up to 4 poems, to

Preferred format is Times New Roman, single spaced, 12-point font.

Reviews/Interviews – We are taking in-depth reviews and interviews. We do not believe in ranking a literary work or posing negative criticisms on the work of writers. We welcome music reviews (either albums or live shows), book reviews, film reviews, TV reviews. We want your takes on a possibly a book that sung to you, or an album that strikes chords into the musical symposium of your soul. However, we aren’t looking for praises either, rather works that explain why a manuscript or a series is worthy of such. ALSO this should be clarified, but due to the fact we only have one reviewer, at this time, we are not accepting works to review, but solely the reviews themselves.

Please send us your most insightful reviews from 250 -2500 words (although aren’t sticklers for word count on these, depending on the content) for any review to

Preferred format is Times New Roman, single spaced, 12-point font.

Visual Arts – We are now taking visual arts submissions for future on-site features as well as our issues. Send us your finest collages, illustrations, comics, napkin sketches, photographs and/or anything else you want to submit. Whether it’s a more traditional style or an experimental take we welcome all styles to our forefront.

Please send us your latest masterpieces at

Variety Pack takes pride in the being a journal of inclusivity, so we will accept submissions from all walks of life. We do try to stray away from work with overtly graphic sex and violence, for obvious reasons. HOWEVER, we have a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for racism, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, fatphobia or any other writing along those lines. ALSO please adhere to our formats and guidelines listed below, please adhere to the dates we have open for submissions via our social media handles on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Be sure to also check out our News/Announcements sections for updates on when submission call timeline. ANYTHING sent before and/or after our reading period is open, will be deleted and unread. None of us here want to discourage anyone from submitting their work, so please respect our deadlines as we work hard to make sure they’re posted.

To avoid the sight of spam/junk emails, please include the format of title and name (For ex: TITLE – H.R. PuffNstuff) in the subject heading. If it’s more than one piece you can just say how many pieces (For ex: Four Poems – Chester Maximillian; Three Flash Fictions – Amanda Smith) In your email send us your work with either .doc, .docx, or .pdf format as your attachment. Also, in your email include a cover letter, including your name (and/or preferred pen name), maybe a quick hello/standard greeting, and a brief bio under 150 words.

Variety Pack acquires the First Electronic Rights and Non-exclusive Archival Rights. All other rights remain with the author. If you reprint your piece, please be sure to include us in the acknowledgments.

Simultaneous submissions are okay, but we do not accept previously published pieces. We don’t accept multiple submissions in a reading period.

Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to pay our contributors, but don’t mind sending virtual hugs and share your words with both the Twitterverse and the Instagram scheme of things.