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Award (best historical), The Coil Book Award (best published book from a different press), and The Electric Book Award (unpublished adult manuscript), that reward publication, certificates, medallions, cash honorariums, and more.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This category is to submit unpublished BOOK-LENGTH FICTION MANUSCRIPTS, targeted at adults, to consider for the Electric Book Award and open-reading publication on our press.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, plays, and prose hybrid. Fiction is not: essays, memoir, scholarly works, or poetry. This is NOT the place for individual stories or slim chapbooks.


Each submission comes with a complimentary digital copy of our latest novel, A Room in Dodge City, Vol. 2: The Blut Branson Era, a bizarro literary horror novel-in-vignettes by David Leo Rice.


Read full manuscript 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 identifying information or acknowledgments within the file.

•While we will read and consider manuscripts of any length, we do not publish slim chapbooks or slim volumes (except in the Little Pigeon series) for our full-length titles. For story collections, we recommend submitting manuscripts with at least 10 full-length stories (more if the collection comprises flash stories), and we are probably not the best home for collections of fewer than 5 stories, although we will consider them. Single novellas should be lengthy enough to stand on their own.


We pay for all the work we accept.

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, creative nonfiction, and scholarly works. Nonfiction is not: novels, novellas, story collections, prose hybrid, or poetry. This is NOT the place for individual essays, individual journalism, or slim chapbooks.


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


Read full manuscript 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 identifying information or acknowledgments within the file.

•While we will read and consider manuscripts of any length, we do not publish slim chapbooks or slim volumes (except in the Little Pigeon series) for our full-length titles. We are probably not the best home for your slim work, 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. Work should be factchecked and acknowledged, and we will further factcheck all scholarly work before it is accepted.

•We do not publish quack science, which includes metaphysics and astrology.


We pay for all the work we accept.

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 or slim chapbooks.


Each submission comes with a complimentary digital copy of our latest poetry release, A Gospel of Bones, a collection of poetry on the biracial Black single-motherhood experience in America, by Suzi Q. Smith.


Read our manuscript 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 identifying information or acknowledgments within the file.

•While we will read and consider manuscripts of any length, we do not regularly publish slim chapbooks (except in the Little Pigeon series) in our full-length titles. We recommend submitting manuscripts with at least 40 poems, and we are not the best home for collections of fewer than 20 poems (except in the Little Pigeon series).


We pay for all the work we accept.

This category is to submit unpublished CHAPBOOK-LENGTH MANUSCRIPTS, targeted at adults, to consider for publication in the Little Pigeon chapbook series on our press. All genres and styles considered that can work within a small setting, including poetry, hybrid, prose poems, experimental, flash stories, flash memoir, one-act plays, textual/visual, etc., but the manuscript should have a unifying theme, link, or hook.


Each submission comes with a complimentary digital copy of our latest short work, 20;, erasure poems of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues under the Sea by Jennifer Roche.


Read chapbook 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 identifying information or acknowledgments within the file.


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 #4).


Read our history-themed and Footnote guidelines here.

Read historical pieces we have previously published 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.

•Submit up to 5 pieces with a noticeable history theme in a single document.


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

This category is to submit up to 4 INDIVIDUAL FICTION PIECES to consider for the Luminaire Award for Best Prose and open-reading publication on our daily literary journal, The Coil. Journalism, personal essays, creative nonfiction, and memoir should be submitted to other categories. This is NOT the place for full book manuscripts.


Each submission comes with a complimentary digital copy of our latest short-story release, Remapping Wonderland, a collection of 30 classic fairytales retold by 27 BIPOC writers.


Read individual fiction guidelines here.

Read fiction we have previously published 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 stories in a single document.


We pay a tiny token (~ $10) for all the work we accept. We currently have over 69k readers.

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, A Gospel of Bones, a collection of poetry on the biracial Black single-motherhood experience in America, by Suzi Q. Smith.


Read our poetry guidelines here.

Read poems we have previously published here.


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.

•Submit up to 5 poems in a single document.


We pay a tiny token (~ $10) for all the work we accept. We currently have over 72k readers.

This category is to submit INDIVIDUAL STORIES to consider for the Maintain the North: An Epic Mountie Adventure Anthology one-time print collection. This is NOT the place for full book manuscripts or any poetry or nonfiction.


Read about the anthology and its 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 that contain 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. Work that does not fit the theme will be declined unread.


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

This category is to submit INDIVIDUAL ESSAYS to consider for the Riding Fences: Essays on Being LGBTQ+ in Rural Areas one-time print anthology and the Bottomland: Essays on Being LGBTQ+ in the Deep South one-time print anthology. You can submit to both anthologies at the same time through this portal. This is NOT the place for full book manuscripts, and this anthology is NOT seeking fiction or poetry.


Read about the anthologies and their 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 only be essays, memoir, and creative nonfiction by LGBTQ+ writers. We are not seeking fiction or poetry for this anthology.


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

This category is to submit INDIVIDUAL STORIES, NONFICTION, POETRY, AND / OR HYBRID to consider for the Hear & Now: An Anthology on Deafness one-time print collection. This is NOT the place for full book manuscripts.


Read about the anthology and its 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 that contain contact information or acknowledgments within the file.
•You may submit as many pieces as you choose, in one single document.
•Poetry, fiction, hybrid, and / or nonfiction should touch on D/deafness in some way (however slight) and must be WRITTEN BY D/deaf and hard-of-hearing writers. Work that does not fit the theme will be declined unread.


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

This category is to submit INDIVIDUAL POEMS to consider for the We've Always Done It!: Poems about Wartime Women one-time print collection. This is NOT the place for full book manuscripts or any fiction or nonfiction.


Read about the anthology and its 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 that contain contact information or acknowledgments within the file.
•You may submit as many poems as you choose, in one single document.
•Poetry only; do not send fiction or nonfiction of any kind, although hybrid, experimental, and prose poems will be considered. Work that does not fit the theme will be declined unread.


We pay token 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.

Alternating Current