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(best historical), The Coil Book Award (best published book from a different press), and The Electric Book Award (unpublished adult manuscript), that reward publication, certificates, medallions, cash honorariums, and more.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

Visit our catalog here.

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Our books:

  • Footnote #1: A Literary Journal of History tinyurl.com/footnotejournal1
  • Footnote #2: A Literary Journal of History tinyurl.com/footnotejournal2
  • Footnote #3: A Literary Journal of History tinyurl.com/footnotejournal3
  • Footnote #4: A Literary Journal of History tinyurl.com/footnotejournal4
  • Silt: A Novella by Chris Geier tinyurl.com/siltspiel
  • A Room in Dodge City: A Novel in Vignettes by David Leo Rice tinyurl.com/roomindodge
  • What Shines from It: Stories by Sara Rauch tinyurl.com/whatshines
  • Second Acts in American Lives: Flash Stories by Ryan Ridge & Mel Bosworth tinyurl.com/secondacts
  • The Girl Wakes: Stories by Carmen Lau tinyurl.com/girlwakes
  • Moon Up, Past Full: Novellas & Stories by Eric Shonkwiler tinyurl.com/moonuppastfull
  • The Poor Man’s Guide to an Affordable, Painless Suicide: Stories by Schuler Benson tinyurl.com/thepoormansguide
  • Eats of Eden: A Foodoir of Essays & Recipes by Tabitha Blankenbiller tinyurl.com/eatsofeden
  • Wyatt Earp: A Poetic Narrative of a Wild Life in the Wild West by Larry Beckett tinyurl.com/wyattpoem
  • 20,: Erasure Poems of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues under the Sea: Poems by Jennifer Roche tinyurl.com/20roche
  • We Meant to Bring It Home Alive: Poems by Armin Tolentino tinyurl.com/tolentinoalive
  • Portraits: Poems by B. Z. Niditch tinyurl.com/niditchportraits
  • Girl Friend & Other Mysteries of Love: Love Poems by Charles P. Ries tinyurl.com/girlfriendmysteries
  • Undeniable: Writers Respond to Climate Change tinyurl.com/undeniableanthology
  • Spectral Lines: Poems about Scientists tinyurl.com/speclines
  • The Sky Is a Free Country: The Luminaire Award Anthology, Volume I tinyurl.com/luminaire1
  • Poiesis Review #1-5: A Literary Journal Collected Archive tinyurl.com/poiesis1-5
  • Poiesis Review #6: A Literary Journal tinyurl.com/poiesis6
  • Poiesis Review #7: A Literary Journal tinyurl.com/poiesis7
  • The Art of Arranging: A Collection of 5 Chapbooks + Outtakes by Paul Weinman, Joseph Verrilli, & Harry Calhoun tinyurl.com/art-arranging
  • ; Or, How We Stopped Warming Up for 20 Years and Learned to Exit the Green Room: Poetry Archives 1993-2013 tinyurl.com/exitgreenroom

This category is to submit INDIVIDUAL POETRY, FICTION, NONFICTION, and HYBRID to consider for the Breathing While Black: Black Writers Respond to Police Violence one-time print anthology. This is NOT the place for full book manuscripts.


Read about the anthology and its guidelines here.


Do not put 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.
•BLACK WRITERS ONLY.


We pay token for all the work we accept.

This category is to submit INDIVIDUAL STORIES to consider for The Tertiary Lodgers: An Anthology of Fiction about Secondary and Tertiary Classical Characters one-time print collection. This is NOT the place for full book manuscripts or any poetry or nonfiction. All pieces must be written in FIRST-PERSON for this anthology.


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 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. All characters must come from PUBLIC DOMAIN sources.


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, plays, 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 novella, Silt, a historical noir of Cincinnati in 1856 by Chris Geier.


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 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 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, Wyatt Earp, a longform poetic narrative of the famous gunslinger's time in Tombstone, by Larry Beckett.


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. 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 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 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, What Shines from It, a collection of East-Coast centric stories that touch on identity, motherhood, LGBTQ+ relationships, and the glimmer of hope that shines in all of us, by Sara Rauch.


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 for all the work we accept. We currently have over 56k 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, Wyatt Earp, a longform poetic narrative of the famous gunslinger's time in Tombstone, by Larry Beckett.


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 (< or ~ $10) for all the work we accept. We currently have over 58k 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 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