WE HAVE MOVED! If you are joining us, please join us at our new home, The Coil, over on Medium.

If you have arrived at a broken link, please go to The Coil and start your search over.




1.) Write a piece about or evoked by the photo above.

2.) The piece can be any style or genre. Poetry, hybrid, and all sorts of prose are welcome, including flash, short stories, essays, or creative nonfiction. Soft word-limit of 4,000 words.

3.) The piece should have a historical bent to it. Use the historical nature, setting, and atmosphere of the photo to evoke the sense of history in your piece. If we can’t find anything historical about it, we won’t accept it. But that does’t mean it has to be stodgy. Surprise us. Wow us. Make us laugh. Make us cry.

4.) Deadline: March 31, 2016.

5.) There are three ways to submit: You can leave your piece in the comments below. You can email your piece to alt.current (at) gmail.com. Or you can link to a piece that you have printed elsewhere, like on a personal blog or public profile, either in the comments or on Twitter, using the hashtag #DaguerreoTyped so we can find it. (Make sure you spell it correctly, or we won’t find it!)

6.) You may submit as many pieces as you’d like, but if emailing, please enclose them all in one email, if possible.

7.) Provide us some way to contact you. You can link to a contact page on your website, provide an email address, leave a Twitter @handle so we can DM you, etc. We won’t hunt you down if you don’t leave contact info.

8.) If we like your piece, it will be printed on The Spark in April and considered for print and eBook in Footnote: A Literary Journal of History #3, alongside the photo. It will additionally go into the semifinalist round for a chance to win $100, a certificate, and our virtual gold medallion for the Charter Oak Award for Best Historical. Please note, however, that this contest is separate from our regular submissions, so, yes, you can submit to both, or all!

9.) We reserve the right not to pick any winner and not to print any pieces if there aren’t any that grab us; likewise, we may also choose more than one.

10.) Being familiar with what we publish increases your chances of winning and being considered for print. You can read past finalists and winners of the Charter Oak Award for Best Historical online for free, or you can support our press by purchasing print or eBook copies of our current history journal, Footnote #1. We promise you will not be disappointed.

• Image is in the public domain. • Permalink • Tags: The Electromagnet, DaguerreoTyped, Woman with Dead Cougars •

No comments: