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Oak Award (best historical), The Coil Book Award (best published book from a different press), The Spark Book Award (unpublished YA manuscript with STEM or history themes), and The Electric Book Award (unpublished adult manuscript), that reward publication, certificates, medallions, cash honorariums, and more.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, 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

Read about judging processes and code of ethics here.

Read about submission transparency and acceptance rates here.

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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, Second Acts in American Lives, a collection of darkly humorous puns, flash, 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 prose guidelines here.

Before you request feedback, read this paragraph.

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 for all the work we accept. We currently have over 29k 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, 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.

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 with contact information or acknowledgments within the file.

•Submit up to 5 poems in a single document.



We pay a tiny token for all the work we accept. We currently have over 29k readers.

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.

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 token for all the work we accept.

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 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 or individual journalism.



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.



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, 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 published.

•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 MANUSCRIPTS, targeted at YOUNG ADULTS, with themes of science, mathematics, engineering, computing, invention, and / or history, to consider for the Spark Book Award and open-reading publication on our press. This is NOT the place for individual pieces or adult manuscripts.



PLEASE NOTE: We are only seeking the aforementioned themes. If your book DOES NOT fit one or more of these themes PROMINENTLY, then please do not submit it. We are sure your manuscript is good, but if it does not fit these themes, it is not for us, and it will be rejected, so please respect our time.



Each submission comes with a complimentary digital copy of our recent book, The Girl Wakes, a collection of dark, feminist fairytales by Carmen Lau.



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 YA 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, so if your work cannot stand alone as a full-length book, then we are probably not the best home for it.



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.



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.

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 print anthology. 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 token for all the work we accept.

This category is to submit INDIVIDUAL ESSAYS to consider for the On Being LGBT+ in Rural Areas one-time print anthology and the On Being LGBT+ 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.



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 anthologies and their 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 pieces as you choose, in one single document.

•Work may only be essays, memoir, and creative nonfiction. We are not seeking fiction or poetry for this anthology.



We pay token for all the work we accept.

This category is to submit INDIVIDUAL poems, fiction, nonfiction, or hybrid work to consider for the Undeniable: Writers Respond to Climate Change one-time print anthology. 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 token for all the work we accept.

This category is to submit INDIVIDUAL POEMS to consider for the Spectral Lines: Poems about Scientists one-time print anthology. 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 token for all the work we accept.

This category is to submit material for our DaguerreoTyped Monthly Historical 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. Read all the guidelines before submitting.

This portal is to submit COMPLETED ESSAYS, ARTICLES, COLUMNS, BOOKLISTS, TRENDS, JOURNALISM, OR NONFICTION LITERARY INTEREST WORK for The Spark, on The Coil. This is not the place for fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction that veers from straight nonfiction.



We look for well-written and topical essays, articles, and columns. Although not entirely required, we are really geared toward a literary scene and are seeking works that reflect that atmosphere. We love pieces that incorporate current events, culture, rural landscapes, diverse voices, books, booklists, science, holidays, personal experiences, craft, literary trends, and history. We are big fans of research, digging beneath the top layer, and well-formed arguments. We are always seeking general essays and columns on most any theme, and are happy to work with scheduling for book-blog tours and release dates.



We can handle images, videos, artwork, photography, and sound. Please upload media separately from the main piece; if there is a link to hosted media on external sites, that is preferable to uploaded media, so please list the available links rather than attaching media, if that is an option. To read all material in The Spark, click HERE. To read essays only, click HERE. To read all columns, click HERE. No religion or hate speech. Columns and essays run on The Coil every Monday and Wednesday, and sometimes on weekends. We are not interested in affiliated articles, purchased opinions, or columns that are trying to sell something with a paid bias.



Text-based essays and columns have a minimum requirement of 600 words.



If your piece is declined, you will receive a standard form reply only; we do not have the personnel to provide feedback. If your work is accepted, there is a tiny token payment a month or two after publication. We are happy to be a home for your promotional or book blog tour stops if you need a specific publication date, and we will do our best to accomodate, but we cannot make any guarantees of certain dates.



We welcome diverse and underrepresented voices and are an LGBT+ and #MeToo safe-space. Do not submit material that is hateful toward any type of person or culture, or that is 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.



If you have any questions about the category or wish to send pitches, queries, abstracts, or materials via email instead, please contact Lisa Favicchia at editor@thecoilmag.com. Do not include attachments. If you have requested attachments to send, please email Lisa for her Dropbox request form to upload files there instead.



We pay a tiny token for all the work we accept.

This portal is to submit COMPLETED PERSONAL ESSAYS, CREATIVE NONFICTION, OR MEMOIR for The Spark, on The Coil. This is not the place for fiction, poetry, journalism, or straight nonfiction that veers from the personal and creative.



We look for well-written and topical essays, creative nonfiction, and memoir with a personal and literary slant. Although not entirely required, we are really geared toward a literary scene and are seeking works that reflect that atmosphere. We love pieces that incorporate current events, culture, rural landscapes, diverse voices, books, booklists, science, holidays, personal experiences, craft, literary trends, and history, with a very personal bent. We are big fans of research, digging beneath the top layer, and well-formed arguments. We are always seeking personal essays, hybrid essays, and memoir on most any theme, and are happy to work with scheduling for book-blog tours and release dates.



We can handle images, videos, artwork, photography, and sound. Please upload media separately from the main piece; if there is a link to hosted media on external sites, that is preferable to uploaded media, so please list the available links rather than attaching media, if that is an option. To read all material in The Spark, click HERE. To read essays only, click HERE. To read all columns, click HERE. No religion or hate speech, and romance should have a purpose beyond pain and venting. Columns and essays run on The Coil every Monday and Wednesday, and sometimes on weekends, and Memoir runs every Friday. We are not interested in affiliated articles, purchased opinions, or columns that are trying to sell something with a paid bias.



Text-based essays and columns have a minimum requirement of 600 words.



If your piece is declined, you will receive a standard form reply only; we do not have the personnel to provide feedback. If your work is accepted, there is a tiny token payment a month or two after publication. We are happy to be a home for your promotional or book blog tour stops if you need a specific publication date, and we will do our best to accomodate, but we cannot make any guarantees of certain dates.



We welcome diverse and underrepresented voices and are an LGBT+ and #MeToo safe-space. Do not submit material that is hateful toward any type of person or culture, or that is 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.



If you have any questions about the category or wish to send pitches, queries, abstracts, or materials via email instead, please contact Lisa Favicchia at editor@thecoilmag.com. Do not include attachments. If you have requested attachments to send, please email Lisa for her Dropbox request form to upload files there instead.



We pay a tiny token for all the work we accept.

This portal is to submit COMPLETED BOOK REVIEWS for The Volt, on The Coil. This is not the place for queries about reviews for your own books by our reviewing staff.



We will consider completed reviews of most books, but our audience is more in the literary vein than in the commerical vein. We are most interested in current and forthcoming books; reviews of older books will take longer to get published and are less likely to be guaranteed a spot. We are especially interested in books that are forthcoming within the next year. Publishers can be small, medium, indie, university, or major, but we are not as interested in self-published books, and we do not review books on vanity presses. No religion, Christian fiction, romance, hate speech, or erotica. Reviews run on The Coil every day, and Tuesdays are reserved for new-release days in the industry.



We look for well-written book reviews that are analytical or that draw comparisons to history or culture, especially in an essay style. We have a vast readership and will feature any style, genre, author, or publisher, large and small alike, if the review is of interest to our readership. Reviews should be submitted by the writer of the review, not the author of the book; reviews from authors pertaining to their own work will be declined. Reviews should be objective; do not send in reviews of books written by your friends if there is a conflict of interest, and do not send in reviews that merely pat an author on the back. You should not send in reviews for books with which you are affiliated in marketing, publicity, editing, publishing, blurbing, or otherwise. To read the reviews in The Volt column, click HERE. Examples of what we are seeking can be found in reviews by Jen Corrigan HERE and Laura Citino HERE.



Reviews have a minimum requirement of 600 words and 2 quoted snippets from the book.



If your piece is declined, you will receive a standard form reply only; we do not have the personnel to provide feedback. If your work is accepted, there is a tiny token payment a month or two after publication. We are happy to be a home for your promotional or book blog tour stops if you need a specific publication date, and we will do our best to accomodate, but we cannot make any guarantees of certain dates. We will only accept one review per book, so if a book is popular and already has a reviewer, we will decline your work unread.



We welcome diverse and underrepresented voices and are an LGBT+ safe-space. Do not submit material that is hateful toward any type of person or culture, or that is 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.



If you have any questions about the category or wish to send pitches, queries, abstracts, or materials via email instead, or if you wish to inquire with our reviewers about a review possibility for your own book, please contact Jeni De La O at reviews@thecoilmag.com. Do not include attachments. If you have requested attachments to send, please email Jeni for her Dropbox request form to upload files there instead.



We pay a tiny token for all the work we accept.

This portal is for submissions for a *specific* column: novel and book excerpts for The Neon, on The Coil. This is not the place for general fiction, full manuscripts, or unpublished stories.


We will consider standalone excerpts from novels, memoirs, collections, and other books for featured exposure for your book on The Coil. This column is excellent for promotional purposes during the week of the book’s release date or during the dates of a book blog tour. Excerpts are only considered for already-published books and forthcoming ARCs for books that have already found a home at a traditional press (not self-published) within the last four months or within the next six months and not from works-in-progress that have not yet found a publisher. Publishers can be small, medium, indie, university, or major, but they should not be self-presses designed only to publish one author. No religion, Christian fiction, romance, hate speech, or erotica. This column runs on The Coil every Tuesday, on new-release day in the industry. No word count regulations, but it's recommended that you feature something between 600 and 3,000 words. 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.



If your piece is declined, you will receive a standard form reply only; we do not have the personnel to provide feedback. If your work is accepted, there is a tiny token payment a month or two after publication. We are happy to be a home for your promotional or book blog tour stops if you need a specific publication date, and we will do our best to accomodate. For this category, we accept work from authors, agents, publicists, and publishers.



We welcome diverse and underrepresented voices and are an LGBT+ safe-space. Do not submit material that is hateful toward any type of person or culture, or that is 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.



If you have any questions about the category or wish to send pitches, queries, abstracts, or materials via email instead, please contact Lyndsey Ellis at excerpts@thecoilmag.com.



We pay a tiny token for all the work we accept.

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