Ends on September 30, 2018

This portal is for submissions for a *specific* column, Shelfies, on The Coil. This is not the place for general essays that don't fit the topic.


Shelfies are where you take a picture or pictures of your bookshelf / shelves, and talk about it / them. It can be in-depth or surface level, but we love to see what authors read and how they organize their books. Tell us what’s important to you about your books, and share as many photos as you’d like. This column runs on The Coil every Wednesday.


This series is for authors only, and you must have at least one published book in the last two years (or forthcoming within the next four months) on a traditional press (not self-published). Celebrities from other fields may be invited at the editor’s discretion. 


Minimum of 500 words and one photo; no maximum, but a soft upper limit of 3,000 words and 5 photos is recommended. Upload photos separately from main body file. For excellent examples, see the Shelfies of Christina Collins, Laryssa Wirstiuk, Keri Kellerman, and Todd Tavolazzi.


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 the month after publication. We run on the Medium platform, so if your work is accepted, you will have to make a free Medium account to host your pieces, if you do not already have one. All work is edited. We are happy to be a home for your promotional or book blog tour stops if you need a specific publication date.


We welcome diverse and underrepresented voices and are an LGBT+ safe-space. Do not submit material that is: religious, hateful toward any type of person or culture, pro-gun, or erotica. 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 Tanner McClelland at shelfies@thecoilmag.com.


We pay for all the work we accept.