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Each month, The Coil presents an ekphrastic challenge (photo prompt) for writers and lovers of history: We feature a different public-domain historical photograph or illustration, and ask writers to respond to it. See all past challenges and responses.

Find the challenge and guidelines for October HERE.

Please note: 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).

The winner receives $25 and publication on The Coil.

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).

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.