Alternating Current Press & Promotions is a boutique indie press and promotions team 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, poetic literary fiction, diverse voices, and all that is electric in the literary world.

We give away several annual writing awards, including The Luminaire Award (one for poetry; one for prose), The Charter Oak Award, The Oblaye Award, The Coil Book Award, The Spark Book Award, and The Electric Book Award, among others, that reward publication, certificates, medallions, and cash honorariums totaling over $2,000, and we have a heavily trafficked blog that features fresh content daily, for which authors can get paid to contribute.

Only active submission periods will be featured below. Please follow the guidelines for each, as they are different. You may submit to ANY AND ALL of our open submissions at any time, in any combination, provided you follow the various guidelines for each category.

Ends in 4 days, 17 hours $ 14.99 - 24.99
$ 14.99 - 24.99


This category is to submit ALREADY-PUBLISHED BOOKS from other presses (or self-published) to The Coil Book Award. If you have unpublished manuscripts for which you are seeking publication with Alternating Current Press, submit to The Electric Book Award (adult) or The Spark Book Award (YA).



2-Tiered Pricing:

$14.99: Regular entry fee. This will come with a standard form response.
$24.99: Get brief FEEDBACK from our reading panel.




The Coil Book Award is our way of giving back to the literary world and recognizing that we are a part of a larger community. Authors and presses can submit their already-published or soon-to-be-published book to be considered for a Coil Selection Book, including an entry into our Coil Book Award. The winner receives a publicity package, up to $1,000 in books and sponsor prizes, and a cash honorarium.


Winners are vetted through our Alternating Current Editorial Department, and then sent to a non-affiliated judge.



The winner gets:

• 5-stop book blog tour.
• Giveaway and discussion in our book club.
• Giveaway on Goodreads.
• Our virtual wax-seal medallion.
• Sponsor prizes that vary from year to year.
• $200 cash honorarium.
• Listing on our website as a Coil Book Selection.
• Press release sent to all our partners, media, and mailing lists.
• Free future submissions to our press.
• Access to our entire Alternating Current Press digital backcatalog.
• Social networking on all our social platforms.
• 10% off our entire Alternating Current Press print backcatalog.
• An interview on The Inductor.
• A Meet the Press spotlight on The Transmitter.
• A book review on The Volt.
• A blurb on The Beam.
• We follow you, and RT and share your successes.


Even if your book is not selected, you get:

• The potential for selection in our book club, chosen by separate panel.
• A spotlight blurb on The Beam.
• The potential for a book review on The Volt (according to staff availability).
• A complimentary eBook copy of our latest release, The Girl Wakes, a collection of dark, twisted, retrofitted original fairy tales by Carmen Lau, as our way of saying thanks for taking the chance.



If you’d prefer to mail in your $14.99 payment or entry form, you can fill out the form here instead, and mail payment to the address listed, along with cash, check, or money order (made out to ANGSTMAN ARTS). You may send them separately or together, online or through the mail; we will sort them in-house.



Submitted books must be in simple digital formats and must have been published in the last two years. Do not send us physical books.



We will notify of declines as soon as we know they are declines. Please do not follow up. Winner and finalists will be announced in Spring 2017. We regret that we cannot give feedback for a regular entry. You may receive judging feedback for an additional fee.

Ends in 4 days, 17 hours $ 5.99 - 15.99
$ 5.99 - 15.99


This category is to submit UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPTS TARGETED AT ADULTS to Alternating Current Press to consider for The Electric Book Award and open-reading publication on our press (Yes, both!). If you have already-published manuscripts, submit to The Coil Book Award, and if you have unpublished YA manuscripts, submit to The Spark Book Award instead.



4-Tiered Pricing:

$5.99: Regular entry fee. This will come with a standard form response.
$8.99: Get brief FEEDBACK from our reading panel.
$12.99: Get an EXPEDITED form response within 4 days, plus a digital copy of Moon Up, Past Full.
$15.99: Get an EXPEDITED response within 4 days, plus FEEDBACK, plus a digital copy of Moon Up, Past Full.



First, why is there an entry fee?
We are a small team. We pay our Acquisitions Editor who spends hours and hours reading blind submissions, not only because we believe good work deserves good pay, but also because it helps us keep our decisions unbiased. Having a fee ensures that you will spend those few extra moments to make sure your manuscript is perfect. Having a fee is the difference between our press raising enough funds to survive for a year or going belly-up. [Please note: If you really cannot pay, we have fee-free manuscript submissions in November for #NaNoWriMo, but those submissions are not considered for the Electric Book Award and are not available for expedited or feedback services. At this time, this is the only way to get unsolicited manuscripts read for publication consideration on our press.]


Each submission also comes with a complimentary digital copy of our latest book, The Girl Wakes, a collection of dark, twisted, retrofitted original fairytales by Carmen Lau, as our way of saying thanks.




What’s the prize?
For the winner selected, we publish the manuscript in professional-bound and digital formats, pay a $200 honorarium, plus competitive back-end royalties, and give 10 complimentary copies of the finished book in print and all popular digital forms. Authors receive an author discount for extra books they’d like to purchase, without obligation. We submit your book to annual monetary writing and book prizes, send books out for review, and set up marketing tools, such as book trailers, audiobooks, interviews, posters, and book tours, both virtual and physical.

Manuscripts are also considered for regular publication on our press, outside of the award, which gives our standard publishing contract and promotional packages, even if you don’t win.

Manuscripts are considered on a rolling-deadline basis, year-round, with a winning announcement made in spring, for the next consecutive year’s publication for winners. There is one winner selected each year, based on merit and the panel’s discretion, but we do read throughout the year, and if we like a manuscript, we will communicate that to you immediately. We have the right not to select a winner if there are no submissions that steal our collective heart. The winner will be chosen from our pool of selected manuscripts.




Do you have a manuscript that you think would be a perfect fit for us?
We’d love to see it.


Manuscripts can be poetry, fiction (novels, novellas, short stories, or hybrid collections), creative nonfiction, or nonfiction that has a purpose. We’d like it if at least 50% of your manuscript was previously unpublished, but this is not a requirement. There is no limitation on subject, genre, style, or theme, and manuscripts can be any length or format. We love cool titles.

Work must be in English. We don’t currently have the staff for translations.

Simultaneous submissions are happily accepted. Please let us know if your manuscript gets picked up elsewhere, and use the withdraw option for your submission. Entry fees are not refunded for withdrawals.

You may submit as many manuscripts as you’d like at any time, but the entry fee must be paid for each submission.

We will respond to every manuscript. Please know that declines are usually faster than acceptances, and responses can take up to three months. Please wait four months before following up on your submission. All work is read blind by our Acquisitions Editor. (We’ll remove all identifying marks if you forget; don’t fret.) DO NOT approach our Acquisitions Editor about your manuscript, or it will be disqualified.

We do accept manuscripts via snail mail, as well. If this is a necessity for you, please email alt [dot] current [at] gmail [dot] com for further instructions. DO NOT email your manuscript to that email address. Snail mail submissions are not exempt from submission fees.

Ends in 4 days, 17 hours $ 4.99 - 15.99
$ 4.99 - 15.99


This category is to submit YOUNG ADULT MANUSCRIPTS on the themes of science, mathematics, engineering, computing, invention, or history to Alternating Current Press to consider for The Spark Book Award and open-reading publication on our press (Yes, both!). If you are seeking a home for unpublished ADULT manuscripts, submit to The Electric Book Award, and submit already-published books to The Coil Book Award, instead.



4-Tiered Pricing:

$4.99: Regular entry fee. This will come with a standard form response.
$8.99: Brief FEEDBACK from our reading panel.
$12.99: EXPEDITED response within 4 days, plus a digital copy of Moon Up, Past Full.
$15.99: EXPEDITED response within 4 days, plus FEEDBACK, plus a digital copy of Moon Up, Past Full.



First, why is there an entry fee?
We are a small team. We pay our Acquisitions Editor who spends hours and hours reading blind submissions, not only because we believe good work deserves good pay, but also because it helps us keep our decisions unbiased. Having a fee ensures that you will spend those few extra moments to make sure your manuscript is perfect. Having a fee is the difference between our press raising enough funds to survive for a year or going belly-up. [Please note: If you really cannot pay, we have fee-free manuscript submissions in November for #NaNoWriMo, but those submissions are not considered for the Spark Book Award and are not available for expedited or feedback services. At this time, this is the only way to get unsolicited manuscripts read for publication consideration on our press.]


Each submission also comes with a complimentary digital copy of our latest book, The Girl Wakes, a collection of dark, twisted, retrofitted original fairytales by Carmen Lau, as our way of saying thanks.




What’s the prize?
For the winner selected, we publish the manuscript in professional-bound and digital formats, pay a $100 honorarium, plus competitive back-end royalties, and give 10 complimentary copies of the finished book in print and all popular digital forms. Authors receive an author discount for extra books they’d like to purchase, without obligation. We submit your book to annual monetary writing and book prizes, send books out for review, and set up marketing tools, such as book trailers, audiobooks, interviews, posters, and book tours, both virtual and physical.

Manuscripts are also considered for regular publication on our press, outside of the award, which gives our standard publishing contract and promotional packages, even if you don’t win.

Manuscripts are considered on a rolling-deadline basis, year-round, with a winning announcement made in spring, for the next consecutive year’s publication for winners. There is one winner selected each year, based on merit and the panel’s discretion, but we do read throughout the year, and if we like a manuscript, we will communicate that to you immediately. Since this category is so specific, we have the right not to select a winner if there are no submissions that steal our collective heart. The winner will be chosen from our pool of selected manuscripts.




Do you have a manuscript that you think would be a perfect fit for us?
We’d love to see it.


We are looking for YOUNG ADULT (Golly, we hate that term.) manuscripts that feature themes of science, mathematics, engineering, invention, computing, or history in a new, creative, and engaging way, and that do not talk down to readers. Our aim is to get impressionable minds interested in science and history at a point in their lives when it could make a difference—the very foundations of our human nature, our roots, why we’re here, and from whence we came. WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN YOUNG ADULT BOOKS ON OTHER THEMES. WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN RELIGIOUS ANGLES.

Manuscripts can be poetry, fiction (novels, novellas, short stories, or hybrid collections), nonfiction (creative or straight), or graphic-based. We’d like it if at least 50% of your manuscript was previously unpublished, but this is not a requirement. There is no limitation on subject, genre, or style within the theme, and manuscripts can be any length or format. We love cool titles.

Work must be in English. We don’t currently have the staff for translations.

Simultaneous submissions are happily accepted. Please let us know if your manuscript gets picked up elsewhere, and use the withdraw option for your submission. Entry fees are not refunded for withdrawals.

You may submit as many manuscripts as you’d like at any time, but the entry fee must be paid for each submission.

We will respond to every manuscript. Please know that declines are usually faster than acceptances, and responses can take up to three months. Please wait four months before following up on your submission. All work is read blind by our Acquisitions Editor. (We’ll remove all identifying marks if you forget; don’t fret.) DO NOT approach our Acquisitions Editor about your manuscript, or it will be disqualified.

We do accept manuscripts via snail mail, as well. If this is a necessity for you, please email alt [dot] current [at] gmail [dot] com for further instructions. DO NOT email your manuscript to that email address. Snail mail submissions are not exempt from submission fees.

Ends in 4 days, 17 hours $ 2.99 - 10.99
$ 2.99 - 10.99


This category is to submit UP TO 4 INDIVIDUAL PIECES WITH HISTORICAL THEMES to Alternating Current Press to consider for The Charter Oak Award for Best Historical and open-reading publication in our annual literary journal of history, Footnote (Yes, both!). If you have individual general-themed submissions, submit to The Luminaire Award for Best Poetry and Best Prose categories, and if you have full manuscripts of any theme, submit to The Electric Book Award instead.



4-Tiered Pricing:

$2.99: Regular entry fee. This will come with a standard form response.
$6.99: Brief FEEDBACK from our reading panel.
$8.99: EXPEDITED response within 3 days, plus a digital copy of The Girl Wakes.
$10.99: EXPEDITED response within 3 days, plus FEEDBACK, plus a digital copy of The Girl Wakes.



First, why is there an entry fee?
We are a small team. We pay our Acquisitions Editor who spends hours and hours reading blind submissions, not only because we believe good work deserves good pay, but also because it helps us keep our decisions unbiased. Having a fee ensures that you will spend those few extra moments to make sure your manuscript is perfect. Having a fee is the difference between our press raising enough funds to survive for a year or going belly-up. [If you really can’t shell out the few bucks, then come back during Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March, when our historical writing submissions are free. If you can pay it, though, please do so. We need the support to keep going.]


Each submission also comes with a complimentary digital copy of our latest issue of Footnote: A Literary Journal of History (currently issue #1), a full-length collection of authors’ personal and non-scholarly viewpoints on historical people, places, events, and ideas in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as our way of saying thanks.




What’s the prize?
The first place piece receives a $50 honorarium, publication on Alternating Current Press’ website, publication on Alternating Current’s journal, The Coil, a printed certificate, and our virtual medallion imprint for use on the author’s websites and published books. Second and third place winners will receive a unique gift each from a sponsor, publication on Alternating Current Press’ website, publication on The Coil, and printed certificates. Nine runners-up receive Notable Mentions and publication on The Coil. All pieces published on The Coil will receive a token payment. All those pieces, and approximately 15 more, are also featured in our annual print journal, Footnote, so there are many opportunities to be selected. Everyone published in Footnote receives complimentary digital copies in PDF, ePUB, and mobi, and a discount on print editions.

Submissions are considered on a rolling-deadline basis, year-round, with a winning announcement made in January, for the next consecutive year’s publication for winners. We read throughout the year, and if we like a submission, we will communicate that to you immediately, separate from the finalist announcement. Additionally, if we feel your submission is extremely superior, it is VERY LIKELY that we will ask to see a full manuscript, as invitation is how we acquire the majority of the manuscripts we publish, and we are very interested in history themes. We have the right not to select a winner if there are no submissions that steal our collective heart.




Do you have a historical submission that you think would be a perfect fit for us?
We’d love to see it.


We are dedicated to historical and contemporary views on any topic of history. We are excited by pieces that give an author’s intimate or emotional take on historical places, people, events, ideas, or whatever history means to each author. We give a home to archaic historical rhymes, essays and opinions of the long-since dead, and contemporary voices commenting on historical ideas, people, or events that have touched the authors. [Read past finalists and winners.]

Submissions can be poetry, fiction, hybrid, creative nonfiction, or straight nonfiction. Submissions to this category MUST be historical. General, non-historical submissions should be submitted in their respective other categories.

YOU MAY SUBMIT UP TO FOUR PIECES in this submission, any combination of prose or poetry, with the single entry fee. It doesn’t matter if you put the pieces in the same file or in four separate files within the same submission.

Please limit your work to a soft guideline of 4,000 words.

Work can be previously published.

Straight nonfiction must cite at least two sources. Sources must be acknowledged somewhere in the submitted file and will be printed with the final printed work.

There is no limitation on subject, genre, style, or specific theme, provided the pieces touch on something historical in some facet. Our definition of that is very loose. We love cool titles.

Work must be in English. We don’t currently have the staff for translations.

Simultaneous submissions are happily accepted. Please let us know immediately if your submission gets picked up elsewhere. Use the Submittable withdrawal option ONLY if you are withdrawing your entire submission. If you withdraw just one piece out of four, then drop us an email or a Submittable note to say so, instead. Entry fees are not refunded for withdrawals.

You may submit as many pieces as you’d like at any time, but the entry fee must be paid for each separate set of submissions.

We will respond to every submission. Please know that declines are usually faster than acceptances, and responses can take up to three months. Please wait four months before following up on your submission. All work is read blind by our Acquisitions Editor. (We’ll remove all identifying marks if you forget; don’t fret.) DO NOT approach our Acquisitions Editor about your pieces, or they will be disqualified.

We do accept manuscripts via snail mail, as well. If this is a necessity for you, please email alt [dot] current [at] gmail [dot] com for further instructions. DO NOT email your material to that email address. Snail mail submissions are not exempt from submission fees.

Ends in 4 days, 17 hours $ 2.99 - 6.99
$ 2.99 - 6.99


This category is to submit UP TO 4 INDIVIDUAL POETRY PIECES to Alternating Current Press to consider for The Luminaire Award for Best Poetry and open-reading publication in our online journal, The Spark (Yes, both!). If you have general-themed prose submissions, submit to The Luminaire Award for Best Prose category; historical-themed submissions, submit to The Charter Oak Award; and if you have full manuscripts of any theme, submit to The Electric Book Award, instead.



3-Tiered Pricing:

A regular base entry fee is $2.99. This will come with a standard form acceptance or rejection letter.
For $4.99, you will get brief FEEDBACK from our reading panel.
For $6.99, you will receive an EXPEDITED response within 3 days, plus FEEDBACK, plus a digital copy of Footnote #1.



First, why is there an entry fee?
Because our time is so precious. Reading submissions takes hours and hours. We are a super small team that works twice as hard as big teams, and we pay an external reading panel, not only because we believe good work deserves good pay, but also because we know and love so many of you, that paying an external blind panel helps us keep our decisions unbiased. Having a fee ensures that you will spend those few extra moments to make sure your submission is perfect. Having a fee is the difference between our press raising enough funds to survive for a year or going belly-up. How much do you believe in your submission? Would you bet $3 on it? If the answer’s not yes, then you’re in the wrong biz. Take the chance, and help support our press at the same time. [If you really can’t shell out the few bucks, then come back during Poetry Month in April, when our poetry submissions are free. If you can pay it, though, please do so. We need the support to keep going.]


Each submission also comes with a complimentary digital copy of our latest book, Moon Up, Past Full, a collection of dark, rural Midwestern novellas and short stories by Eric Shonkwiler, as our way of saying thanks.




What’s the prize?
The first place piece receives a $100 honorarium, publication on Alternating Current Press’ website, publication on Alternating Current’s blog and online journal, The Spark, a printed certificate, and our virtual medallion imprint for use on the author’s websites and published books. Second and third place winners will receive a unique gift each from a sponsor, publication on Alternating Current Press’ website, publication on The Spark, printed certificates, and our virtual silver medallion. First, second, and third place winners also receive a discount for all the books in our catalog, for life. Nine runners-up receive Notable Mentions and publication on The Spark. All pieces published on The Spark contain an individual “tip jar” link where readers can tip the authors’ works that they like, giving the authors further potential to earn payment. Each of the Top-12 Finalists get their poems (or portions of their poems) printed as handmade letterpressed poetry postcards that are available as limited monthly editions, with the finalists receiving 10 complimentary postcards. The Top-5 pieces are included in a triennial perfect-bound print anthology, as well. Everyone published in the award anthology receives complimentary digital copies in PDF, ePUB, and mobi, and a discount on print editions.

Submissions are considered on a rolling-deadline basis, year-round, with a winning announcement made in January, for the next consecutive year’s publication for winners. We read throughout the year, and if we like a submission, we will communicate that to you immediately, separate from the finalist announcement. Additionally, if we feel your submission is extremely superior, it is VERY LIKELY that we will ask to see a full manuscript, as invitation is how we acquire the majority of the manuscripts we publish. We have the right not to select a winner if there are no submissions that steal our collective heart.




Do you have a poem that you think would be a perfect fit for us?
We’d love to see it.


Submissions can be any type of poem, hybrid piece, prose poem, or experimental whatnot. We do love rhyming poems, but rhymes are harder than you think, so they must be good. All short stories and other prose should be submitted in the prose categories only. [Read past finalists and winners.]

YOU MAY SUBMIT UP TO FOUR POEMS in this submission, with the single entry fee. It doesn’t matter if you put the pieces in the same file or in four separate files within the same submission.

Work can be previously published.

There is no limitation on subject, genre, style, length, or theme. We love cool titles and great first lines. Draw us in from the beginning.

Work must be in English. We don’t currently have the staff for translations.

Simultaneous submissions are happily accepted. Please let us know immediately if your poem gets picked up elsewhere. Use the Submittable withdrawal option ONLY if you are withdrawing your entire submission. If you withdraw just one piece out of four, then drop us an email or a Submittable note to say so, instead. Entry fees are not refunded for withdrawals.

You may submit as many pieces as you’d like at any time, but the entry fee must be paid for each separate set of submissions.

We will respond to every submission. Please know that declines are usually faster than acceptances, and responses can take up to three months. Please wait four months before following up on your submission. All work is read by an anonymous panel, and submissions are read blind. (We’ll remove all identifying marks, if you forget; don’t fret.)

We do accept manuscripts via snail mail, as well. If this is a necessity for you, please email alt [dot] current [at] gmail [dot] com for further instructions. DO NOT email your manuscript to that email address. Snail mail submissions are not exempt from submission fees.

Ends in 4 days, 17 hours $ 2.99 - 6.99
$ 2.99 - 6.99


This category is to submit UP TO 3 INDIVIDUAL PROSE PIECES to Alternating Current Press to consider for The Luminaire Award for Best Prose and open-reading publication in our online journal, The Spark (Yes, both!). If you have general-themed poetry submissions, submit to The Luminaire Award for Best Poetry category; historical-themed submissions, submit to The Charter Oak Award; and if you have full manuscripts of any theme, submit to The Electric Book Award, instead.



3-Tiered Pricing:

A regular base entry fee is $2.99. This will come with a standard form acceptance or rejection letter.
For $4.99, you will get brief FEEDBACK from our reading panel.
For $6.99, you will receive an EXPEDITED response within 3 days, plus FEEDBACK, plus a digital copy of Footnote #1.



First, why is there an entry fee?
Because our time is so precious. Reading submissions takes hours and hours. We are a super small team that works twice as hard as big teams, and we pay an external reading panel, not only because we believe good work deserves good pay, but also because we know and love so many of you, that paying an external blind panel helps us keep our decisions unbiased. Having a fee ensures that you will spend those few extra moments to make sure your submission is perfect. Having a fee is the difference between our press raising enough funds to survive for a year or going belly-up. How much do you believe in your submission? Would you bet $3 on it? If the answer’s not yes, then you’re in the wrong biz. Take the chance, and help support our press at the same time. [If you really can’t shell out the few bucks, then come back during Short Story Month (May) and Short Story Week (in November), when our prose submissions are free. If you can pay it, though, please do so. We need the support to keep going.]


Each submission also comes with a complimentary digital copy of our latest book, Moon Up, Past Full, a collection of dark, rural Midwestern novellas and short stories by Eric Shonkwiler, as our way of saying thanks.




What’s the prize?
The first place piece receives a $100 honorarium, publication on Alternating Current Press’ website, publication on Alternating Current’s blog and online journal, The Spark, a printed certificate, and our virtual medallion imprint for use on the author’s websites and published books. Second and third place winners will receive a unique gift each from a sponsor, publication on Alternating Current Press’ website, publication on The Spark, printed certificates, and our virtual silver medallion. First, second, and third place winners also receive a discount for all the books in our catalog, for life. Nine runners-up receive Notable Mentions and publication on The Spark. All pieces published on The Spark contain an individual “tip jar” link where readers can tip the authors’ works that they like, giving the authors further potential to earn payment. The Top-5 pieces are included in a triennial perfect-bound print anthology, as well. Everyone published in the award anthology receives complimentary digital copies in PDF, ePUB, and mobi, and a discount on print editions.

Submissions are considered on a rolling-deadline basis, year-round, with a winning announcement made in January, for the next consecutive year’s publication for winners. We read throughout the year, and if we like a submission, we will communicate that to you immediately, separate from the finalist announcement. Additionally, if we feel your submission is extremely superior, it is VERY LIKELY that we will ask to see a full manuscript, as invitation is how we acquire the majority of the manuscripts we publish. We have the right not to select a winner if there are no submissions that steal our collective heart.




Do you have a story that you think would be a perfect fit for us?
We’d love to see it.


Submissions can be fiction, flash, short novelettes, short stories, hybrids, creative nonfiction, or nonfiction that has a purpose. Poetry should be submitted in the poetry category only. [Read past finalists and winners.]

YOU MAY SUBMIT UP TO THREE PROSE PIECES in this submission, with the single entry fee. It doesn’t matter if you put the pieces in the same file or in three separate files within the same submission.

Please limit your work to a soft guideline of 4,000 words.

Work can be previously published.

There is no limitation on subject, genre, style, or theme. We love cool titles. Draw us in from the beginning.

Work must be in English. We don’t currently have the staff for translations.

Simultaneous submissions are happily accepted. Please let us know immediately if your story gets picked up elsewhere. Use the Submittable withdrawal option ONLY if you are withdrawing your entire submission. If you withdraw just one piece out of three, then drop us an email or a Submittable note to say so, instead. Entry fees are not refunded for withdrawals.

You may submit as many pieces as you’d like at any time, but the entry fee must be paid for each separate set of submissions.

We will respond to every submission. Please know that declines are usually faster than acceptances, and responses can take up to three months. Please wait four months before following up on your submission. All work is read by an anonymous panel, and submissions are read blind. (We’ll remove all identifying marks, if you forget; don’t fret.)

We do accept manuscripts via snail mail, as well. If this is a necessity for you, please email alt [dot] current [at] gmail [dot] com for further instructions. DO NOT email your manuscript to that email address. Snail mail submissions are not exempt from submission fees.


This category is for people of color, LGBT+/QUILTBAG, minority ethnics, and Native Americans to be able to submit to our press for free. Alternating Current is dedicated to helping the world read more diverse literature. In our efforts to help diverse voices be heard, we have removed all barriers for underrepresented groups to be able to submit to our press.




You may submit one regular submission (of 3 prose, 4 poems, 3 historical, or 1 full manuscript) per month to this category. Out of respect for people who truly are underrepresented, please only use this category if it applies to you.

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 entries are still read blind by an external reading panel, and submission acceptance is still based on merit of the writing only. There is no feedback or expedited services available for free entries; responses are via form acceptances and declines only.
$ 10.99 - 15.99

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Each submission also comes with a complimentary digital copy of our latest book, currently Moon Up, Past Full, a collection of dark, rural Midwestern novellas and short stories by Eric Shonkwiler.


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This will be the best and most painful $10 you’ve ever spent. Trust that your manuscript is worth it.


Furthermore, if your query sounds interesting ... we might just want to read more of it.


We can only critique queries in English. Service fees are not refunded if you don’t like what we say about your query. We’re not lying when we say you will not receive a pat on the back. Our turnaround is generally inside of a month. We make every effort to get your critique to you swiftly, but sometimes we have a great volume of work at once. Please trust that your critique is in the queue, in the order it was received, and please do not follow up on the status of your submission unless you have not heard back from us after two months.


Need it quicker?
Select the EXPEDITED option, and you’ll have it within 6 days.

$ 10.99 - 15.99

Your first chapter has to slit throats and stab hearts.
Everyone knows the first chapter is the most important one in a novel. It’s the beginning of everything. A seasoned reader will pick up a book in a bookstore, and you’re lucky if he gets to the end of the first page. If he continues ... you’ve got something. How can you ensure that he continues reading? How can you ensure that an agent will read your email? Get yourself some good opinions on each of your drafts. Edit, edit, edit. Don’t be satisfied with mediocre.


Let us help.


We’ve been editing serious, eclectic, indie, and mainstream writing for over 20 years. We receive hundreds of pitches, samples, short works, and full manuscripts per year, and we can tell you without a doubt which books we want to publish before we even leave the first page. Let us help you make your book that good.


Literary agents and publishers often ask for the first chapter. It has to pop, to slit throats and stab hearts and make them want more. Here, we offer you a chance to run your most important chapter through our Editing Bootcamp, where it undergoes a panel of veteran editors, authors, readers, and manuscript selectors who will come up with a collective critique of your work. We are fortunate to have one of the best teams of editors in the independent press, and our editing services are highly coveted and requested, even award-winning.


It’s easy: You submit your first chapter. We read it very carefully. We return to you an in-depth critique that can range anywhere from several paragraphs to several pages, depending on the work that still needs to be done before your story pops. You cry. You fix it. You become a successful, rich author. Piece of cake.


WE WILL NOT LIE TO YOU:
This is the toughest workshop you might ever encounter. That’s why we call it Bootcamp. The critique that comes back will probably make you cry and want to bury your pen and notebook in the bottom drawer. We are not here to coddle or nudge you lovingly from the nest. We are here to make your work stand out from the rest when it lands on the desk of the next agent, and we’re willing to bet that, right now, it doesn’t do that. We dare you to prove us wrong. No manuscript is ever above further improvement, even the most polished ones.


This will be the best and most painful $10 you’ve ever spent. Trust that your manuscript is worth it.


Each submission also comes with a complimentary digital copy of our latest book, currently Moon Up, Past Full, a collection of dark, rural Midwestern novellas and short stories by Eric Shonkwiler


Furthermore, if we love your first chapter ... we might just want to read more.


Manuscripts can be any format, subject, genre, style, length, or theme. We can only critique work in English. You can send your manuscript to us at any step of your drafting process, and you are welcome to resubmit it at a later date in a later draft, as well.


Service fees are not refunded once editing has begun or if you don’t like what we say about your manuscript. We’re not lying when we say we’ll be tough. You will not receive a pat on the back.


It is important to note that we are not editing your work; we are critiquing and analyzing it. (We do also edit.)


You may submit as many first chapters for as many manuscripts as you’d like at any time, but the service fee must be paid for each submission. This service is for first chapters only. Do not send chapters from the middle of a story.


Our turnaround is generally inside of a month. We make every effort to get your critique to you swiftly, but sometimes we have a great volume of work at once. Please trust that your critique is in the queue, in the order it was received, and please do not follow up on the status of your submission unless you have not heard back from us after two months.


Need it quicker?
Select the EXPEDITED option, and you’ll have it within 6 days.

$ 25.99 - 33.99

“Thank you, but we’ll pass.”
A literary agent asked for your query pitch and the first three chapters. That’s a good chunk of your book for someone to get interested, so you’ve got no excuse for an agent not requesting to see more. By the end of chapter three, a reader must be hooked. So ... the agent wasn’t? Then you’re not done yet. Most agents and editors know if a book is going to be good by the end of the first page, so you don’t have much time to make it count. Three chapters is the longest an interested reader will give you before she calls it quits, so put the effort into a beginning that pops. How can you ensure that she continues reading? Get yourself some good opinions on each of your drafts. Edit, edit, edit. Don’t be satisfied with mediocre.


Let us help.


We’ve been editing serious, eclectic, indie, and mainstream writing for over 20 years. We receive hundreds of pitches, samples, short works, and full manuscripts per year, and we can tell you without a doubt which books we want to publish before we even leave the first page. Let us help you make your book that good.


Literary agents and publishers often ask for the first three chapters. It has to pop, to slit throats and stab hearts and make them want more. Here, we offer you a chance to run your most important chapters through our Editing Bootcamp, where they undergo a panel of veteran editors, authors, readers, and manuscript selectors who will come up with a collective critique of your work. We are fortunate to have one of the best teams of editors in the independent press, and our editing services are highly coveted and requested, even award-winning.


It’s easy: You submit your first three chapters. We read them very carefully. We return to you an in-depth critique that can range anywhere from several paragraphs to several pages, depending on the work that still needs to be done before your story pops. You cry. You fix it. You become a successful, rich author. Piece of cake.


WE WILL NOT LIE TO YOU:
This is the toughest workshop you might ever encounter. That’s why we call it Bootcamp. The critique that comes back will probably make you cry and want to bury your pen and notebook in the bottom drawer. We are not here to coddle or nudge you lovingly from the nest. We are here to make your work stand out from the rest when it lands on the desk of the next agent or publisher, and we’re willing to bet that, right now, it doesn’t do that. We dare you to prove us wrong. No manuscript is ever above further improvement, even the most polished ones.


This will be the best and most painful $25 you’ve ever spent. Trust that your manuscript is worth it.


Each submission also comes with a complimentary digital copy of our latest book, currently Moon Up, Past Full, a collection of dark, rural Midwestern novellas and short stories by Eric Shonkwiler.


Furthermore, if we love your first three chapters ... we might just want to read more.


Manuscripts can be any format, subject, genre, style, length, or theme. Please indicate the genre and age target, so we know what we’re walking into. We can only critique work in English. You can send your manuscript to us at any step of your drafting process, and you are welcome to resubmit it at a later date in a later draft, as well.


Service fees are not refunded once editing has begun or if you don’t like what we say about your manuscript. We’re not lying when we say we’ll be tough. You will not receive a pat on the back.


It is important to note that we are not editing your work; we are critiquing and analyzing it. (We do also edit.)


You may submit as many first-three chapters for as many manuscripts as you’d like at any time, but the service fee must be paid for each submission. This service is for your first three chapters only. Do not send chapters from the middle of a story.


Our turnaround is generally inside of a month and a half. We make every effort to get your critique to you swiftly, but sometimes we have a great volume of work at once. Please trust that your critique is in the queue, in the order it was received, and please do not follow up on the status of your submission unless you have not heard back from us after two months.


Need it quicker?
Select the EXPEDITED option, and you’ll have it within 10 days.

$ 10.99 - 15.99

Have a short story you wrote?
Getting ready to send it out for publication? Have someone else look it over first. Get yourself a second pair of eyes and some good opinions on it, no matter what stage the draft is in. Edit, edit, edit. Don’t be satisfied with mediocre.


Let us help.


We’ve been editing serious, eclectic, indie, and mainstream writing for over 20 years. We receive hundreds of pitches, samples, short works, and full manuscripts per year, and we can tell you without a doubt which books we want to publish before we even leave the first page. Let us help you make your story that good, too.


If you want your story to be noticed in the slush pile, it has to pop. Here, we offer you a chance to run your short story through our Editing Bootcamp, where it undergoes a panel of veteran editors, authors, readers, and manuscript selectors who will come up with a collective critique of your work. We are fortunate to have one of the best teams of editors in the independent press, and our editing services are highly coveted and requested, even award-winning.


It’s easy: You submit your short story. We read it very carefully. We return to you an in-depth critique that can range anywhere from several paragraphs to several pages, depending on the work that still needs to be done before your story pops. You cry. You fix it. You become a successful, rich author. Piece of cake.


WE WILL NOT LIE TO YOU:
This is the toughest workshop you might ever encounter. That’s why we call it Bootcamp. The critique that comes back will probably make you cry and want to bury your pen and notebook in the bottom drawer. We are not here to coddle or nudge you lovingly from the nest. We are here to make your work stand out from the rest when it lands on the desk of the next agent or publisher, and we’re willing to bet that, right now, it doesn’t do that. We dare you to prove us wrong. No manuscript is ever above further improvement, even the most polished ones.


This will be the best and most painful $10 you’ve ever spent. Trust that your story is worth it.


Each submission also comes with a complimentary digital copy of our latest book, currently Moon Up, Past Full, a collection of dark, rural Midwestern novellas and short stories by Eric Shonkwiler.


Furthermore, if we love your story ... we might just want to read more.


Stories can be any format, subject, genre, style, length, or theme. We can only critique work in English. You can send your story to us at any step of your drafting process, and you are welcome to resubmit it at a later date in a later draft, as well.


Service fees are not refunded once editing has begun or if you don’t like what we say about your manuscript. We’re not lying when we say we’ll be tough. You will not receive a pat on the back.


It is important to note that we are not editing your work; we are critiquing and analyzing it. (We do also edit.)


You may submit as many stories as you’d like at any time, but the service fee must be paid for each submission. This service is for stand-alone stories or works only. Do not send excerpts from a larger book or only part of a story.


Our turnaround is generally inside of a month. We make every effort to get your critique to you swiftly, but sometimes we have a great volume of work at once. Please trust that your critique is in the queue, in the order it was received, and please do not follow up on the status of your submission unless you have not heard back from us after two months.


Need it quicker?
Select the EXPEDITED option, and you’ll have it within 6 days.