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The Coil An Independent Literary Magazine

A project of Alternating Current Press (see other related projects).

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The Coil is a weekday literary magazine that features essays, book reviews, interviews, shelfies, columns, articles, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, artwork, historical writing, literary recipes, booklists, soundbites, and more. Helmed by indie press Alternating Current and named after the Tesla coil, this online journal always has something new and electric in the literary vein. We post Monday through Friday on the Medium platform, are a paying market, and have about 87,000 readers. We welcome diverse and underrepresented voices and are an LGBTQUIA+ safe-space.

Fees Notice: This project charges fees (or requires purchases) for all submissions, except for some periods and some demographics. The fee is USD $2.
Important: Submission requirements vary. As always, check full guidelines for current details.

Country of Publication

United States

Publication Medium & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 260 x per year.

Fiction Temp Closed

Dates:

Will be open to submissions from 01 February 2025* (approx. 195 days from now) through 30 April 2025. 0

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
GenreSubgenres
General GeneralOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Historical.
Action-Adventure Action-AdventureSubgenre: Historical.
Horror HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Science Fiction Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Alternate History.
Western WesternSubgenre: Alternate History.
Lengths:
Flash Fiction Flash FictionNo specific word count limits known (our definition: up to 1000 words); Up to 4 pieces.
Short Story Short StoryNo specific word count limits known (our definition: 1000 to 7500 words); Up to 4 pieces.
Novel Excerpt Novel ExcerptMore than 600 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Dark, Literary, Minimalist, Surrealist.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics, including: History, Visual Arts (Ekphrasis), Other (May vary).

Payment:

Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) to Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) Pay ranges from Token payment to Semi-pro payment. Details: USD $10.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Nonfiction Open Fee-based

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Lengths:
Interview InterviewNo specific word count limits known.
Review ReviewNo specific word count limits known.
Essay EssayNo specific word count limits known.
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionNo specific word count limits known.
Book Excerpt Book ExcerptMore than 600 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Critical, Experimental, Literary, Mainstream, Personal.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics, including: Visual Arts (Ekphrasis), Other (May vary).

Payment:

Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) to Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) Pay ranges from Token payment to Semi-pro payment. Details: USD $10.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Unknown.
Simultaneous submissions: Unknown.
Media: Text.


Poetry Temp Closed

Dates:

Will be open to submissions from 01 March 2025* (approx. 223 days from now) through 31 March 2025. 0

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
GenreSubgenres
General GeneralOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Historical.
Action-Adventure Action-AdventureSubgenre: Historical.
Horror HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Science Fiction Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Alternate History.
Western WesternSubgenre: Alternate History.
Lengths:
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Up to 5 pieces.
Poetry Forms:

Open to all/most Forms.

Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Dark, Literary, Minimalist, Surrealist.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics, including: History, Visual Arts (Ekphrasis), Other (May vary).

Payment:

Token payment (under US$5 per poem) to Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem) Pay ranges from Token payment to Semi-pro payment. Details: USD $10.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
* We do not know the time and/or timezone, so we cannot be more precise. Submit early to avoid disappointment.

The Coil Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day. Learn more about the statistics.
AccuracyWe have received 4 reports from 4 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported62 min | 135.5 mean avg | 135.0 median | 210 max days (62.0 std dev)
Pending4 responses are pending (52 min | 149.0 mean avg | 124.0 median | 296 max days waiting | 113.3 std dev) from 4 different members This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

The most common submission fee paid: USD $4.99.
Most recent response reported was received on 06 Jul 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 05 Feb 2024.

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Dates

Last Updated: 31 May 2024
Last Audited: 30 May 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 19 Mar 2019

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