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 prompt 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 use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.