Alternating Current Press is an indie press dedicated to publishing and promoting incredible literature that challenges readers and has an innate sense of self, timelessness, and atmosphere. We love science, history, homebound roots, rural landscapes, sense of place, poetic literary fiction, diverse voices, and all that is electric in the literary world.


We award several annual writing prizes, including The Luminaire Award (best poetry, best prose), The Charter Oak Award (best historical), The Coil Book Award (best published book from a different press), and The Electric Book Award (unpublished adult manuscript), that reward publication, certificates, medallions, cash honorariums, and more. All submissions to our press are automatically eligible for their respective award categories. There is no separate submission process.


We have a heavily trafficked online journal, The Coil, that features fresh content daily. To submit interviews, reviews, columns, editorials, timely personal essays, current event pieces, booklists, or material for our feature columns, please read more here before submitting.


We pay all of our authors for their work.


Read all general guidelines here.

Read about calls for submissions for special projects here.

Visit our book catalog here.

This category is to submit themed INDIVIDUAL SPECULATIVE STORIES AND NONFICTION HYBRID to consider for the Parenting Stories Gone Speculative one-time print collection, edited by Hannah Grieco. This is NOT the place for full book manuscripts.


Read about the anthology and its guidelines here.


•You may submit up to 3 pieces, in one single document.
•Work that does not fit the theme will be declined unread.


We pay token (~$10) for all the work we accept.

This category is for Black/black writers to be able to submit to our press for free. Alternating Current believes in helping the world read more diverse literature. In our efforts to help black voices be heard, especially in this time of police brutality, we have removed fee barriers for black writers to be able to submit to our press.


You may submit one regular submission (of 4 stories, 6 poems, 6 history-themed, or 1 full fiction, nonfiction, or poetry book-length manuscript) per month to this category.


PLEASE follow all regular guidelines listed in the respective categories for which you are submitting, even if you use this form. The same guidelines apply to all submitters evenly.


All submissions are read incognito. All submissions through this portal are still considered for their respective awards.


DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME OR ANY IDENTIFYING MARKS INSIDE THE FILE, IN THE TITLE, OR IN THE FILE NAME.

•No cover pages that contain contact information or acknowledgments within the file.


We pay for all the work we accept.

This category is for Native American/North American Indian writers to be able to submit to our press for free. Alternating Current believes in helping the world read more diverse literature. In our efforts to help Native American voices be heard, we have removed fee barriers for Native American writers to be able to submit to our press.


You may submit one regular submission (of 4 stories, 6 poems, 6 history-themed, or 1 full fiction, nonfiction, or poetry book-length manuscript) per month to this category.


PLEASE follow all regular guidelines listed in the respective categories for which you are submitting, even if you use this form. The same guidelines apply to all submitters evenly.


All submissions are read incognito. All submissions through this portal are still considered for their respective awards.


DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME OR ANY IDENTIFYING MARKS INSIDE THE FILE, IN THE TITLE, OR IN THE FILE NAME.
•No cover pages that contain contact information or acknowledgments within the file.


We pay for all the work we accept.

If you are an agent representing an author, you may make your fee-free pitch here. IF YOU ARE NOT AN AGENT REPRESENTING AN AUTHOR, THEN THIS PORTAL IS NOT FOR YOU.


Please note: We are seeking literary, historical, science, rural, timeliness, sense of place, social causes and awareness, poetry, Indigenous voices, and highly poetic, intelligent craft. We're interested in novels, novellas, story collections, play scripts, hybrid, literary memoir, creative nonfiction, essay collections, and poetry collections. We especially like work that is linked or themed or has an interesting hook.


We do not consider metaphysics or quack sciences. We do not publish textbooks. We only publish books geared toward adults: no children's books, picture books, middle grade, young adult, or new adult. We have a highly literary readership and are not the best place for commercial works or genre works that are not also literary. No religion, erotica, or genre romance. We are a highly liberal venue and are absolutely not the place for any conservative or right-wing ideas. We emphatically do not print Christian fiction. We are a Black Lives Matter, MeToo, and LGBTQ+ safe space.


We pay 50/50 royalties for the work we publish, but please understand that advances are < $1,000. This isn't negotiable because we can't magically make funds appear, so if it's a problem right out the gate, please don't query.

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