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Oak Award (best historical), The Coil Book Award (best published book from a different press), The Spark Book Award (unpublished YA manuscript with STEM or history themes), and The Electric Book Award (unpublished adult manuscript), that reward publication, certificates, medallions, cash honorariums, and more.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


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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, We Meant to Bring It Home Alive, poems of isolation, distance, communication, and understanding across the expanse, by Armin Tolentino.



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 #2).



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, We Meant to Bring It Home Alive, poems of isolation, distance, communication, and understanding across the expanse, by Armin Tolentino.



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.

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