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(best historical), The Coil Book Award (best published book from a different press), and The Electric Book Award (unpublished adult manuscript), that reward publication, certificates, medallions, cash honorariums, and more.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

The theater world lost a titan on November 26, 2021, and we’re coping the only way we know how: an anthology of tributes and words about the legend that was the incomparable, irreplaceable Stephen Sondheim. If you were formed into a human by the man who changed American musical theater forever, then we want to read your words. All styles welcome, fact or fiction, poetic or stark or hybrid or somewhere in between.

• All styles welcome. Nonfiction, fiction, micro, hybrid, poetry, experimental, and anything in between. Sondheim taught us to ignore boundaries.

• In order to curate a more diverse literary world, we no longer read anonymously. You may include/exclude any personal or identifying information you’d like. We welcome diverse and underrepresented voices and are an LGBTQUIA+ safe-space.

• Must be at least 18 to submit.

• All work must be the author’s own and in English. Translations are considered for short works but must be accompanied by an English version. Single pieces by multiple authors considered.

• No word-count limit, but a soft upper limit of 5,000 words is suggested, and preference may be given to shorter works.

• Simultaneous submissions allowed.

• Previously published pieces considered.

• Submit via Submittable only. We do not accept email submissions.

• There is no reading fee.

• We close our free submission portals when we reach our monthly Submittable submissions cap, so submit early in the month and don’t wait last-minute for the deadline.

• Submissions tentatively close April 30, 2022.

• We respond to every submission, in order. Form response only. We are regretfully unable to provide feedback.

• You may submit as many pieces as you’d like, but please submit them all at once, in one single submission, and please only submit to free categories once per month, to give everyone a chance to submit before submissions are capped.

• We will accept approximately 20-80 pieces for the collection, depending on length. There is a $200 payment budget for the anthology, and all writers published in the collection receive an even division of that amount, after publication, in an opt-in system (which you will choose at payment time), along with a digital copy of the completed anthology in all formats, and an author-discount price for print versions (without obligation). We do not give out complimentary print editions. A percentage of the proceeds from the books will go to Broadway Cares: Equity Fights AIDS.

• This anthology is being curated and edited by Leah Angstman. The editor’s decisions are final.

• If you use any of Sondheim’s lyrics or words in your piece, they must be clearly identified and attributed. His work is not in the public domain.

We will consider standalone excerpts from novels, memoirs, collections, and other books. This column is excellent for promotional purposes to coincide with a book’s release date, to drum up early exposure, or during the dates of a book blog tour. Excerpts are only considered for published books or books on preorder, and not from works-in-progress that have not yet found a publisher. No religion, Christian fiction, pure romance, hate speech of any kind, pro-gun propaganda, or erotica. Excerpts should be at least 500 words; if your work is poetry or flash, we will ask for more than one sample. 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.


• 1 excerpt at a time, at least 500 words for prose, and at least 3 poems for shorter poetry, in a workable-text document. We utilize the Medium platform, and due to its limitations with formatting, we are not a good home for heavily-formatted pieces that are anything other than left-aligned (poets, take heed).
• Front book cover artwork, at least 500px.
• Link to preorder or purchase page, at the publisher’s site for the official book page (preferably not Amazon, &c., unless that’s all there is). Please note that we will only publish an excerpt if there is a book purchase or preorder link, so please wait to submit until there is a link to buy your book.
• Author headshot, at least 200px, preferably square.
• Author bio of 50 words max.

Unsolicited book excerpts are considered promotional, and we do not pay authors, publicists, publishers, or agents for them. We are happy to be a home for your promotional or book blog tour stops if you need a specific publication date, and since book excerpts do not take up paid online space, we are able to accommodate dates (provided that the piece is acceptable for us).

We welcome diverse and underrepresented voices and are an LGBTQUIA+ safe-space. We have to charge a small administrative fee for the use of the platform and our editorial needs, but if you are unable to pay, email us for further instructions on submitting for free.

We acknowledge that we are headquartered on what should be Arapaho land on a street that is instead named for a dead white male president who owned enslaved people and severed Native American Nations apart irrevocably. To honor the reparations that this entire country needs to make, Black writers and Native American Indigenous writers may always submit for free (please note that if the portal is not open, then we have reached our free-submission monthly cap until the beginning of the next month).

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