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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Award (best historical), The Coil Book Award (best published book from a different press), and The Electric Book Award (unpublished adult manuscript), that reward publication, certificates, medallions, cash honorariums, and more.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.

Each month, The Coil presents an ekphrastic challenge (photo prompt) for writers and lovers of history: We feature a different public-domain historical photograph or illustration, and ask writers to respond to it. See all past challenges and responses.

Find the challenge and guidelines for September HERE.

Please note: We utilize the Medium platform, and due to its limitations with formatting, we are not a good home for heavily-formatted pieces that are anything other than left-aligned (poets, take heed).

The winner receives $25 and publication on The Coil.

We welcome diverse and underrepresented voices and are an LGBTQUIA+ safe-space. We have to charge a small administrative fee for the use of the platform and our editorial needs, but if you are unable to pay, email us for further instructions on submitting for free.

We acknowledge that we are headquartered on what should be Arapaho land on a street that is instead named for a dead white male president who owned enslaved people and severed Native American Nations apart irrevocably. To honor the reparations that this entire country needs to make, Black writers and Native American Indigenous writers may always submit for free (please note that if the portal is not open, then we have reached our free-submission monthly cap until the beginning of the next month).

We will consider standalone excerpts from novels, memoirs, collections, and other books. This column is excellent for promotional purposes to coincide with a book’s release date, to drum up early exposure, or during the dates of a book blog tour. Excerpts are only considered for published books or books on preorder, and not from works-in-progress that have not yet found a publisher. No religion, Christian fiction, pure romance, hate speech of any kind, pro-gun propaganda, or erotica. Excerpts should be at least 500 words; if your work is poetry or flash, we will ask for more than one sample. Accompanying illustrations or images are permitted. If your excerpt requires a brief introduction, please include it at the beginning of your piece in the file; introductions should be no greater than 100 words. Please note that we receive more excerpts than we can publish, so we cannot and will not accept them all.

SUBMIT:

• 1 excerpt at a time, at least 500 words for prose, and at least 3 poems for shorter poetry, in a workable-text document. We utilize the Medium platform, and due to its limitations with formatting, we are not a good home for heavily-formatted pieces that are anything other than left-aligned (poets, take heed).
• Front book cover artwork, at least 500px.
• Link to preorder or purchase page, at the publisher’s site for the official book page (preferably not Amazon, &c., unless that’s all there is). Please note that we will only publish an excerpt if there is a book purchase or preorder link, so please wait to submit until there is a link to buy your book.
• Author headshot, at least 200px, preferably square.
• Author bio of 50 words max.


Unsolicited book excerpts are considered promotional, and we do not pay authors, publicists, publishers, or agents for them. We are happy to be a home for your promotional or book blog tour stops if you need a specific publication date, and since book excerpts do not take up paid online space, we are able to accommodate dates (provided that the piece is acceptable for us).

We welcome diverse and underrepresented voices and are an LGBTQUIA+ safe-space. We have to charge a small administrative fee for the use of the platform and our editorial needs, but if you are unable to pay, email us for further instructions on submitting for free.

We acknowledge that we are headquartered on what should be Arapaho land on a street that is instead named for a dead white male president who owned enslaved people and severed Native American Nations apart irrevocably. To honor the reparations that this entire country needs to make, Black writers and Native American Indigenous writers may always submit for free (please note that if the portal is not open, then we have reached our free-submission monthly cap until the beginning of the next month).

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