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, 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Oak Award (best historical), The Coil Book Award (best published book from a different press), The Spark Book Award (unpublished YA manuscript with STEM or history themes), and The Electric Book Award (unpublished adult manuscript), that reward publication, certificates, medallions, cash honorariums, and more.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 also feature Microgrants for Marginalized Voices, including The Oblaye Award (Native Americans), Still I Rise Grant (black women), Unsilenced Grant (Muslim American women), and more.

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, book lists, 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.
Read about judging processes and code of ethics here.
Read about submission transparency and acceptance rates here.
Read about critique guidelines here.

DO NOT submit poetry, short stories, Footnote submissions, book manuscripts, anthology pieces, or anything for Alternating Current Press through this portal.



This category is to submit material to our online literary journal, The Coil. The portal is for journal pieces only: nonfiction, essays, columns, interviews, reviews, booklists, trend articles, journalism, &c. Become familiar with what our journal publishes before you submit. Poetry, Fiction, and Historical pieces go through the press, NOT this portal. Anything that is not listed in the acceptance list below will be declined unread.  


If your piece is declined, you will receive a standard form reply only; we do not have the personnel to provide feedback. You may re-edit your piece if it is declined and try again after a month; please try again only once with the same piece. If your work is accepted, there is a tiny token payment the month after publication. We run on the Medium platform, so if your work is accepted, you will have to make a free Medium account to host your pieces, if you do not already have one. We pay higher rates for invited work from those who have solid, experienced bylines, on an individual basis. All work is edited, period.  


We welcome diverse and underrepresented voices and are an LGBT+ safe-space. Do not submit material that is: religious, hateful toward any type of person or culture, or pro-gun. We believe in the ethical treatment of all people and reject the hateful ideologies and rhetoric of this current Presidential Administration; material in support of it will not find a home here.  


DO NOT SUBMIT UNTIL YOU HAVE READ OUR GUIDELINES HERE.


We are currently accepting:

 Book Reviews for The Volt

 Essays, Articles, & Columns for The Spark

 Literary Recipes for Naked Lunch Menu

 Essays on Topics of Expertise for On:Topic

 Essays on Moments of Passion for The Last Thing I Loved

Alternate Histories

 Essays on Literary or Historical Events for On This Day

 Photos & Essays of Items Collected by Authors for The Collector

 Essays on How Books Hold up Years Later for The Hold-Up

 Interviews and Conversations for The Inductor

 Self-Interviews for The Inductor

 Photo-Interviews for The Inductor

 Shelfies for The Signal

 Spotlights & Profiles for The Beam

 Soundbites, MP3, Video, & Media for The Frequency

 Comics, Illustrations, & Artwork Portfolios for The Electromagnet

 Novel & Book Excerpts for The Spark


A Note on Photo Prompt Submissions for DaguerreoTyped:

 Our monthly photo prompt submissions are read by our History Editor, not a Coil Editor, so they should not be submitted here. Submit them here instead.  


A Note on Book Blog Tours:

 We are happy to be a home for your promotional or book blog tour stops. You may request a book review via The Volt guidelines, but we will not guarantee reviews by set dates. If you want a promotional post for a set date, we suggest writing a guest column, booklist, media post, or essay pertaining to something about your book; or contributing a book excerpt, self-interview, photo interview, Transmitter questions, or giveaway; or having someone else interview you and submit the post.

We have reached our cap for free submissions this month, so there is a $2 fee (the lowest allowed by Submittable) to submit to this category throughout the end of the month. If you do not want to pay the fee, come back on June 1st.


This category is to submit INDIVIDUAL STORIES to consider for the Retell It Like It Is: Classic Fairytales Retold by People of Color one-time anthology and the Luminaire Award for Best Prose. This is NOT the place for full book manuscripts or any poetry.


This category does NOT come with any complimentary digital books or any feedback options. You will receive a standard form reply only.  




Read about the anthology and its guidelines here.
Read our complete general guidelines here.
Read regular prose guidelines here.


Do not put your name or any identifying marks inside the file, in the title, or in the file name.
•No cover pages with contact information or acknowledgments within the file.
•You may submit as many stories as you choose, in one single document.
•Fiction only; do not send poetry or nonfiction of any kind, although prose-poems and hybrid work (that leans toward prose) are considered.  


We pay for all the work we accept.

We have reached our cap for free submissions this month, so there is a $2 fee (the lowest allowed by Submittable) to submit to this category throughout the end of the month. If you do not want to pay the fee, come back on June 1st.


This category is to submit INDIVIDUAL POEMS to consider for the Spectral Lines: Poems about Scientists one-time anthology and the Luminaire Award for Best Poetry. This is NOT the place for full book manuscripts or any prose.


This category does NOT come with any complimentary digital books or any feedback options. You will receive a standard form reply only.  



Read about the anthology and its guidelines here.

Read our complete general guidelines here.

Read regular poetry guidelines here.


Do not put your name or any identifying marks inside the file, in the title, or in the file name.

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

•You may submit as many poems as you choose, in one single document.

•Poems only; do not send prose of any kind, although prose-poems and hybrid work (that leans toward poetry) are considered.  


We pay for all the work we accept.

We have reached our cap for free submissions this month, so there is a $2 fee (the lowest allowed by Submittable) to submit to this category throughout the end of the month. If you do not want to pay the fee, come back on June 1st.


This category is to submit INDIVIDUAL poems, fiction, nonfiction, or hybrid work to consider for the Undeniable: Writers Respond to Climate Change one-time anthology and the Luminaire Award for Best Poetry and Best Prose. This is NOT the place for full book manuscripts.


This category does NOT come with any complimentary digital books or any feedback options. You will receive a standard form reply only.  



Read about the anthology and its guidelines here.

Read our complete general guidelines here.

Read regular poetry guidelines here.

Read regular prose guidelines here.


Do not put your name or any identifying marks inside the file, in the title, or in the file name.

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

•You may submit as many pieces as you choose, in one single document.

•Work may be prose, poetry, hybrid, or any combination thereof.  


We pay for all the work we accept.

Ends on May 31, 2018$5.99 - 9.99
$5.99 - 9.99

This category is to submit unpublished BOOK-LENGTH POETRY MANUSCRIPTS, targeted at adults, to consider for the Electric Book Award and open-reading publication on our press. This is NOT the place for individual poems.


  Each submission comes with a complimentary digital copy of our latest poetry release, Solstice to Solstice to Solstice, a full year of sunrises documented in poetry by Allison Boyd Justus.  


2-Tiered Pricing:

 $5.99: Regular reading fee. This will come with a standard form response.

 $9.99: Get brief FEEDBACK from our reading panel.  



Read our complete general guidelines here.

Read full manuscript guidelines here.

Before you request feedback, read this paragraph.


  •Do not put your name or any identifying marks inside the file, in the title, or in the file name.

 •No cover pages with identifying information or acknowledgments within the file.

 •While we will read and consider manuscripts of any length, we do not regularly publish slim chapbooks. We recommend submitting manuscripts with at least 40 poems, and we are not the best home for collections of fewer than 20 poems.  


  We pay for all the work we accept.

Ends on May 31, 2018$5.99 - 9.99
$5.99 - 9.99

This category is to submit unpublished BOOK-LENGTH FICTION MANUSCRIPTS, targeted at adults, to consider for the Electric Book Award and open-reading publication on our press. Fiction is: novels, novellas, story collections, and prose hybrid. Fiction is not: essays, memoir, scholarly works, or poetry. This is NOT the place for individual stories.


Each submission comes with a complimentary digital copy of our latest novel, A Room in Dodge City, an upside-down Lynchian bizarro world in vignettes by David Leo Rice.  



2-Tiered Pricing:

$5.99: Regular reading fee. This will come with a standard form response.

$9.99: Get brief FEEDBACK from our reading panel.  




Read our complete general guidelines here.

Read full manuscript guidelines here.

Before you request feedback, read this paragraph.


Do not put your name or any identifying marks inside the file, in the title, or in the file name.

•No cover pages with identifying information or acknowledgments within the file.

•While we will read and consider manuscripts of any length, we do not regularly publish slim chapbooks or slim volumes. For story collections, we recommend submitting manuscripts with at least 10 stories, and we are probably not the best home for collections of fewer than 5 stories, although we will consider them.  


We pay for all the work we accept.

Ends on May 31, 2018$5.99 - 9.99
$5.99 - 9.99

This category is to submit unpublished BOOK-LENGTH NONFICTION MANUSCRIPTS, targeted at adults, to consider for the Electric Book Award and open-reading publication on our press. Nonfiction is: essay collections, memoir, CNF, and scholarly works. Nonfiction is not: novels, novellas, story collections, prose hybrid, or poetry. Journalism should be submitted to The Coil category instead. This is NOT the place for individual essays.


Each submission comes with a complimentary digital copy of our latest memoir, Eats of Eden, a foodoir of writing craft, body image, recipes, and our relationship with food.  


2-Tiered Pricing:

$5.99: Regular reading fee. This will come with a standard form response.

$9.99: Get brief FEEDBACK from our reading panel.  



Read our complete general guidelines here.

Read full manuscript guidelines here.

Before you request feedback, read this paragraph.



Do not put your name or any identifying marks inside the file, in the title, or in the file name.

•No cover pages with identifying information or acknowledgments within the file.

•While we will read and consider manuscripts of any length, we do not regularly publish slim chapbooks or slim volumes. We are probably not the best home for your slim work, unless it is a meaty novella, but we will still read and consider all submissions.

•We do not print academic textbooks, although we will consider well-sourced scholarly work with a literary bent.

•Straight nonfiction requires sources, references, and/or bibliographies that should be included in the endpages.



We pay for all the work we accept.

This category is to submit up to 5 INDIVIDUAL pieces with HISTORY THEMES to consider for the Charter Oak Award for Best Historical and for open-reading publication in our annual literary journal of history, Footnote. This is NOT the place for full book manuscripts.

Each submission comes with a complimentary digital copy of our latest issue of Footnote: A Literary Journal of History (currently issue #1).

2-Tiered Pricing:

$2.99: Regular reading fee. This will come with a standard form response.
$6.99: Get brief FEEDBACK from our reading panel.


Read our complete general guidelines here.
Read history-themed and Footnote guidelines here.
Before you request feedback, read this paragraph.

Do not put your name or any identifying marks inside the file, in the title, or in the file name.
•No cover pages with contact information or acknowledgments within the file.
•Submit up to 5 pieces with a noticeable history theme in a single document.

We pay for all the work we accept.
Ends on May 31, 2018$2.99 - 6.99
$2.99 - 6.99

This category is to submit up to 5 INDIVIDUAL POEMS to consider for the Luminaire Award for Best Poetry and open-reading publication on our daily literary journal, The Coil. This is NOT the place for full book manuscripts.


Each submission comes with a complimentary digital copy of our latest poetry release, Solstice to Solstice to Solstice, a full year of sunrises documented in poetry by Allison Boyd Justus.  


2-Tiered Pricing:

$2.99: Regular reading fee. This will come with a standard form response.

$6.99: Get brief FEEDBACK from our reading panel.  



Read our complete general guidelines here.

Read poetry guidelines here.

Before you request feedback, read this paragraph.


Do not put your name or any identifying marks inside the file, in the title, or in the file name.

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

•Submit up to 5 poems in a single document.


We pay for all the work we accept.

Ends on May 31, 2018$2.99 - 6.99
$2.99 - 6.99

This category is to submit up to 4 INDIVIDUAL PROSE PIECES to consider for the Luminaire Award for Best Prose and open-reading publication on our daily literary journal, The Coil. It is recommended that journalism and personal essays be submitted to a specific column in The Coil category instead. This is NOT the place for full book manuscripts.

Each submission comes with a complimentary digital copy of our latest short-story release, Second Acts in American Lives, a collection of darkly humorous puns, plays-on-words, and political statements, by Ryan Ridge and Mel Bosworth.  


2-Tiered Pricing:

$2.99: Regular reading fee. This will come with a standard form response.

$6.99: Get brief FEEDBACK from our reading panel.  



Read our complete general guidelines here.

Read poetry guidelines here.

Before you request feedback, read this paragraph.


Do not put your name or any identifying marks inside the file, in the title, or in the file name.

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

•Soft word-limit guideline of 3,000 words.

•Submit up to 4 stories in a single document.


We pay for all the work we accept.

We have reached our cap for free submissions this month, so there is a $2 fee (the lowest allowed by Submittable) to submit to this category throughout the end of the month. If you do not want to pay the fee, come back on August 1st.


This category is to submit up to 4 INDIVIDUAL PROSE PIECES to consider for the Luminaire Award for Best Prose and open-reading publication on our daily literary journal, The Coil. It is recommended that journalism and personal essays be submitted to a specific column in The Coil category instead. This is NOT the place for full book manuscripts.


This free category does NOT come with the complimentary copy of our latest short-story collection or any feedback options. You will receive a standard form reply only. Our regular prose category is still open if you want feedback services or a copy of the collection.  



Read our complete general guidelines here.

Read prose guidelines here.


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

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

•Soft word-limit guideline of 3,000 words.

•Submit up to 4 pieces of prose in a single document.  


We pay for all the work we accept.

This category is to submit pay-what-you-can advertisements to our online magazine, The Coil.

Information is here. Please read it and pay first before you fill out this form.

This category is to submit material for our DaguerreoTyped Monthly Ekphrastic Photo Prompt Challenge HERE.  


Do not put your name, any identifying marks, or acknowledgments inside the file, in the title, or in the file name. All work is read blind.