WE ARE OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!!! We CLOSE on 09-15-2023! We’ll be reading for our 2nd themed issue AND our tenth issue!… ISSUE X: DISTANT FUTURISMS

We will be charting our own future, although this year we are just annual, the pattern starting next year in 2024 will be one issue, un-themed & another, themed!


General guidelines: Please greet the editors! Our names or “Hey editors” is fine :), include a word count for all fiction and non-fiction in the email body, and include a brief 3rd person bio including your pronouns and any social media handles you have (Instagram & Twitter).

Please continue below to find more specific guidelines for each genre:



Afrofuturism, Queer Futurism, Indigenous Futurism, Feminist Futurism, AAPI Futurism, Climate Futurism, etc.

ALSO: In an effort to expand accessibility for all differently-abled folks we will be adding an audio option to all of those who we accept for publication. In this option, either we can have a voice-over actor read your work or you can send us an mp3/wav. Include your preference in the body of the email.

Fiction – When we speak of futurisms we want to see new worlds, new sights, new technologies, and characters that reflect this world, characters who even in a hundred years or more, will be able to deliver a level of emotional resonance that will go beyond the sands of time. For flash fiction as well we would love to see how one can condense this.

Nonfiction – Send us your creative nonfiction (CNF), and essays. Perspectives of how you see the future, how does this present connect?

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

Poetry – For poetry, and to put it simply we are open to any and all forms, but in this case it must fall on the theme of futurism.

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

Visual Arts/Comics/Mixed Media – We are now taking visual arts submissions for futurist work!

Please send us your latest masterpieces at varietypackart@gmail.com.



Variety Pack takes pride in 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. 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 too.

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, as your attachment (Please do NOT send your work as a PDF). 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. All rights revert back to author, 60 days after publication. If you reprint your piece elsewhere, we’d love to be included in the acknowledgments.

Simultaneous submissions are okay, but we do not accept previously published pieces.

We’ll NO LONGER be accepting multiple submissions in multiple categories. ONE CATEGORY TO CHOOSE FROM. We love to see other writers branch out into different genres, but we have seen the space this can also take up. Ex: say publishing someone who has a really great essay and has a poem published in the same issue, while we appreciate showcasing both talents it limits the space for new writers to find a home for their piece.

We usually respond to submissions between the end of our reading period and the week before the release date of any given issue.

We are NOW a PAYING MARKET! WOOT! WOOT! $10 for poetry and visual art; $20 for prose.

Payment will be made via PayPal, Ca$happ, or Venmo!

We will not be able to pay for interviews/reviews at this time (We hope to change that in the future)

Any further questions please feel free to query us at submissions.varietypack@gmail.com