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1.03.2015

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TO ALTERNATING CURRENT & THE SPARK


INDIVIDUAL POETRY, FICTION, & HYBRID WORKS &
FULL ADULT & YA MANUSCRIPTS & FOOTNOTE SUBMISSIONS

Yes, The Spark is the blog + journal of Alternating Current Press, but, no, The Spark is not the place to submit your poetry, fiction, or manuscripts to Alternating Current Press. To submit your non-blog writing, please see Alternating Current’s open submissions HERE.



BOOK REVIEWS
If you have books you’d like to have considered for a review on The Volt, please send an inquiry to Moira at spark.acpress@gmail.com. We will put you in our list, but we cannot take on all books and will not guarantee a review for unsolicited requests. If you are targeting a specific reviewer, please put that in your subject line. To check if your book has been assigned, see our upcoming list.

If you have a well-written book review that you’d like to see published on The Volt, please email it to Moira at spark.acpress@gmail.com, along with your professional bio, a headshot, any book stats that we might need to know, and a sentence of transparency stating your relationship to the book, author, or publisher, or you can fill out the necessary information and submit HERE. Check the upcoming list to see if the book has been assigned before you submit, and read our guidelines. Please note that we don’t print every review we receive. Don’t submit reviews for religious books.

We are seeking steady reviewers. If you are interested in becoming a regular staff reviewer, please email Leah at alt.current@gmail.com. Regular reviewers are required to submit at least one review per month and to follow the guidelines. Reviewers get to request books they’d like to review and to keep the books they want.



COLUMNS & PERSONAL ESSAYS
We feature a weekly column or personal essay that revolves around some facet of the literary scene or the literary writing or reading endeavor. It can be anything from current market trends (that fascinate or annoy), to exploring the world of self-publishing, to Top 10 lists of favorite books on Midwestern themes or Asian themes or different memes, to tips and advice on overcoming writer’s block, to Grammar Nazi no-no’s, to steps to writing the perfect novel, to vlogs and tutorials on creating a handbound book, to research into a cool historical literary item of interest, to how to craft the perfect query, to a literary column in the voice of your pets, to personal rants or essays on literary endeavors, etc. Anything literary goes, but fresh, new perspectives are a definite plus. We also like current, topical, and controversial subjects: ideas on women, harassment, racism, classism, violence in the literary scene. WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR YOUR SHORT STORY-LIKE STREAM-OF-CONSCIOUSNESS DIATRIBES; we are looking for legit, universal, meaningful, and helpful columns, tips, commentaries, and personal essays of serious merit. If you have a well-written column or personal essay in this vein that you’d like to see published on The Spark, please email it to us at alt [dot] current [at] gmail [dot] com, along with your professional bio and a headshot. Columnists get a tip-donation button attached to their posts for payment.

Time-Specific LITERARY-RELATED Columns & Ideas Always Needed:
•New Year’s Eve/Day [December/January]
•Poetry at Work Day [January]
•Martin Luther King, Jr. [January]
•Racism, violence, diversity in lit scene, black writers’ history/present [February]
•Valentine’s Day, love [February]
•Washington/Lincoln/Presidents [February]
•#Pitmad/#Pitchmas/etc. success stories and tips [Quarterly]
•Women in the lit scene, women’s history [March]
•Small press spotlights, items of interest pertaining to small press [March]
•Albert Einstein [March]
•April Fool’s Day [April]
•Any items on poetry, #NaPoWriMo for National Poetry Month [April]
•Thomas Jefferson [April]
•Taxes [April]
•May Day [May]
•Teachers/educators in the lit field [May]
•Mother’s Day [May]
•Memorial Day, V-E Day, military [May]
•World Press Freedom Day [May]
•Cinco de Mayo [May]
•Lucky Penny Day [May]
•D-Day, Flag Day [June]
•Gay Pride, LGBTQ-anything [June]
•Father’s Day [June]
•Paul Bunyan Day [June]
•Parents’ Day [July]
•Independence Day [July]
•Nikola Tesla [July]
•Embrace Your Geekness Day [July]
•Amelia Earhart [July]
•Labor Day [September]
•Bruce Springsteen [September]
•Anything on Native Americans or anti-Columbus Day [October]
•Halloween [October]
•#NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writers’ Month [November]
•Veterans Day [November]
•Thanksgiving, Native Americans [November]
•Christmas, surrounding holidays, nothing religious [December]



INTERVIEWS
We are seeking high-quality interviews with authors, publishers, editors, literary agents, bookstore owners, librarians, heads of literary organizations, or any other person who thrives in the literary world. If you have a well-written interview you’ve conducted in this vein that you’d like to see published on The Inductor, please email it to us at alt [dot] current [at] gmail [dot] com, along with professional bios and headshots for both the interviewer and the interviewee. We are happy to conduct interviews through Alternating Current, as well, if you have questions you’d like to provide but don’t want to do the asking of the interviewee yourself. Interviewers get a tip-donation button attached to their posts for payment.



INDIE LITERARY SPOTLIGHTS
We are seeking high-quality, in-depth spotlight features of literary movers and shakers, indie presses, literary agents, indie bookstores, exemplary lit citizens, libraries, literary organizations that make a difference, or any cool indie place, person, or endeavor that is doing something fresh, innovative, and meaningful in the literary world. If you have a well-written spotlight feature in this vein that you’d like to see published on The Beam, please email it to us at alt [dot] current [at] gmail [dot] com, along with your professional bio and a headshot. Columnists get a tip-donation button attached to their posts for payment.



SOUNDBITES, MP3s, READINGS, & PODCASTS
We are seeking soundbites, mp3s, poetry and prose reading snippets, literary podcasts about writing or reading, spoken word snippets, live interviews, and vlogs that we can embed in our media players for our readers to listen to. If you have a soundbite of any length featuring any spoken (or filmed) aspect of the literary scene that you’d like to see featured on The Frequency, please email it to us at alt [dot] current [at] gmail [dot] com, along with your professional bio and a headshot, if applicable. Contributors get a tip-donation button attached to their posts for payment.



SHELFIES
We want to see what authors, editors, agents, and publishers are reading. Take one or more snapshot(s) of your bookshelf or bookshelves, tell us about the books, and email it all to us at alt [dot] current [at] gmail [dot] com, along with your professional bio and a headshot, to have it included in our shelfies series on The Signal. Contributors get a tip-donation button attached to their posts for payment.



SUNDAY FUNDAY
Have you got an awesome literary find, quirky writing something-or-other, or author quote that just bowls you over? Email it to us at alt [dot] current [at] gmail [dot] com for our Sunday Funday feature on The Electromagnet.



LITERARY CAFÉ RECIPES
We are on the mad hunt for literary recipes of any type of food and drink that has to do with something in the literary world. Get experimental, and share it with us! We’re hoping to make a literary recipe book that will delight for ages, so don’t be shy. Looking for wordplays on titles or character names, broad or general literary words, something you think an author or character would consume or force others to consume, or all sorts of appetizers and drinks that would make any literary-themed party into an affair to remember. If you’ve got a literary recipe, no matter how big or small, please email it to us at alt [dot] current [at] gmail [dot] com, along with a photo of the finished product (if possible, please, please!), and your professional bio and headshot.



ALTERNATING CURRENT AUTHOR NEWS
If you’ve ever had any work published by Alternating Current Press or are part of our promotions or publicity network, please let us know if you’ve had any recent triumphs, such as pieces published elsewhere, books published, awards won, residencies and fellowships granted, graduations, upcoming readings and tours, etc., so we can include it in our news sections. Email us your news and a link, to alt [dot] current [at] gmail [dot] com.



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