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About The Coil

THE COIL is a daily literary magazine that features essays, book reviews, interviews, shelfies, columns, articles, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, artwork, historical writing, literary recipes, book lists, soundbites, and more. We always have something new and electric, and we post up to four new pieces per day, so follow us, and check back often. We welcome diverse and underrepresented voices and are an LGBT+ safe-space. We pay token for all the pieces we accept, via paper check for U.S. authors and PayPal for foreign authors, the month after publication. Pay varies. @CoilMag. #CoilMag.



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The Masthead

Editor-in-Chief:
Leah Angstman

Managing Editor:
Lisa Favicchia [editor@thecoilmag.com]

Senior Columns Editor (Columns, General / Personal Essays, Memoir):
Julia Dixon Evans

Book Reviews Director:
Jeni De La O [reviews@thecoilmag.com]

Fiction Editor:
Andrew H. Dincher [fiction@thecoilmag.com]

Poetry Editor:
Lewis Phillips [poetry@thecoilmag.com]

History Editor:
Genevieve Mills [history@thecoilmag.com]

Excerpt Editor:
Lyndsey Ellis [excerpts@thecoilmag.com]

Book Reviews Editor:
Bradley Babenir

The Last Thing I Loved Series Editor:
Katie Gezi [lastthing@thecoilmag.com]

Made in Michigan Series Editor:
Leah Angstman

Indie Lit Round-Up Series Editor:
Leah Angstman

Shelfies Editor:
Tanner McClelland [shelfies@thecoilmag.com]




Hiring Positions For:

Managing Editor:
Token pay position open. Must have editing experience. Inquire with experience if interested.

Senior Literary Editor (Poetry, History, Fiction, Excerpts):
Volunteer position open. Must have editing experience. Inquire with experience if interested.

Senior Reviews Editor (Book Reviews, Interviews):
Volunteer position open. Must have editing experience. Inquire with experience if interested.

Senior Features Editor (Specialty Columns):
Volunteer position open. Must have editing experience. Inquire with experience if interested.

Senior Features Editor (Tesla Columns):
Volunteer position open. Must have editing experience. Inquire with experience if interested.

Advertising Director:
Commission-based position open. Inquire with experience if interested.

Social Media Director:
Volunteer position open. Inquire with experience if interested.

Novel & Book Excerpts Editor:
Volunteer position open. Inquire with experience if interested.

Book Reviews Editor:
Volunteer position open. Inquire with experience if interested.

Book Reviewers:
30 positions open. Token pay. Inquire if interested.

Essay / Memoir Editors:
2 volunteer positions open. Inquire with experience if interested.

Column Editors:
2 volunteer positions open. Inquire with experience if interested.

Column Staff Writers:
5 token-pay positions open. Inquire with experience if interested.

Naked Lunch Literary Food Editors:
2 volunteer positions open. Inquire with experience if interested.

On:Topic Editors:
2 volunteer positions open. Inquire with experience if interested.

On:Craft Editors:
2 volunteer positions open. Inquire with experience if interested.

Alternate History Editors:
2 volunteer positions open. Inquire with experience if interested.

On This Day Series Editors:
2 volunteer positions open. Inquire with experience if interested.

The Collector Series Editors:
2 volunteer positions open. Inquire with experience if interested.

Hold-Up Series Editors:
2 volunteer positions open. Inquire with experience if interested.

Dear Tessie Advice Columnist:
Volunteer position open. Inquire with experience if interested.

DaguerreoTyped Editor:
Volunteer position open. Inquire with experience if interested.

Interviews Director:
Volunteer position open. Inquire with experience if interested.

Interview Editors:
2 volunteer positions open. Inquire with experience if interested.

Interviewers:
20 volunteer positions open. Inquire if interested.

Self-Interviews Editor:
Volunteer position open. Inquire with experience if interested.

Photo-Interviews Editor:
Volunteer position open. Inquire with experience if interested.

Transmitter Interviews Editor:
Volunteer position open. Inquire with experience if interested.

Shelfies Editor:
2 volunteer positions open. Inquire with experience if interested.

The Current News Editor:
Volunteer position open. Inquire with experience if interested.

The Motor Author News Editor:
Volunteer position open. Inquire with experience if interested.

The Beam Spotlight Editors:
2 volunteer positions open. Inquire with experience if interested.

The Frequency Multimedia Editors:
2 volunteer positions open. Inquire with experience if interested.

The Turbine Giveaway Editor:
Volunteer position open. Inquire with experience if interested.

The Electromagnet Artwork / Sunday Funday Editor:
2 volunteer positions open. Inquire with experience if interested.



Column Features & Submissions

THE NEON: FICTION

The Coil prints fiction that is accepted through our Alternating Current Press fiction submission readers only. To have your fiction considered, submit it HERE. We do not accept fiction submitted any other way, except by occasional invitation for special features. Contact Fiction Editor Andrew H. Dincher at fiction@thecoilmag.com only for pieces that are already accepted at The Coil, or for questions about the column. Do not submit your unsolicited fiction to that email address.

THE NEON: POETRY

The Coil prints poetry that is accepted through our Alternating Current Press poetry submission readers only. To have your poems considered, submit them HERE. We do not accept poetry submitted any other way, except by occasional invitation for special features. Contact Poetry Editor Lewis Phillips at poetry@thecoilmag.com only for pieces that are already accepted at The Coil, or for questions about the column or if you are interested in Poetry Month features for April. Do not submit your unsolicited poetry to that email address.

THE NEON: HISTORICAL WRITING

The Coil prints history-themed poetry and prose that is accepted through our Alternating Current Press history submission readers only. To have your historical writing considered, submit it HERE. We do not accept historical writing submitted any other way, except for occasional features and columns listed below. Contact History Editor Genevieve Mills at history@thecoilmag.com only for pieces that are already accepted at The Coil, or for questions about the column or if you are interested in Black History Month features for February or Women’s History Month features for March. Do not submit your unsolicited historical material to that email address.

THE NEON: NOVEL & BOOK EXCERPTS

We will consider standalone excerpts from novels, memoirs, collections, and other books. This column is excellent for promotional purposes during the week of the book’s release date or during the dates of a book blog tour. Excerpts are only considered for published books and ARCs from a traditional press (not self-published) and not from works-in-progress that have not yet found a publisher. No religion, Christian fiction, romance, hate speech, or erotica. Excerpts should be at least 600 words; if your work is poetry or flash, we will ask for more than one sample. [SUBMIT EXCERPTS] or send pitches, queries, abstracts, questions, or materials to Lyndsey Ellis at excerpts@thecoilmag.com.

THE VOLT: Book Reviews

We look for well-written book reviews that are analytical or that draw comparisons to history or culture, especially in an essay style. We have a vast readership and will feature any style, genre, author, or publisher, large and small alike, if the review is of interest to our readership. No religion or hardcore erotica, for the most part; intelligent exceptions have occurred. No hate speech. Reviews have a minimum requirement of 600 words and 2 quoted snippets from the book. We accept FINISHED reviews; if you are seeking a review for your own book, email requests for review consideration to our Book Reviews Director Jeni De La O at reviews@thecoilmag.com, and do not include attachments (links only). Reviews should be submitted by the writer of the review, not the author of the book; reviews from authors pertaining to their own work will be declined. To read the reviews in The Volt column, click HERE. Examples of what we are seeking can be found in reviews by Jen Corrigan HERE and Laura Citino HERE. [SUBMIT REVIEWS] or send pitches, queries, abstracts, or questions to our Book Reviews Director Jeni De La O at reviews@thecoilmag.com.

THE SPARK: Essays, Articles, & Columns

We look for well-written and topical essays, articles, and columns. Although not entirely required, we are really geared toward a literary scene and are seeking works that reflect that atmosphere. We love pieces that incorporate current events, culture, rural landscapes, diverse voices, books, booklists, science, holidays, personal experiences, craft, and history. We are big fans of research, digging beneath the top layer, and well-formed arguments. No hate speech. We are always accepting general essays and columns on most any theme, and are happy to work with scheduling for book-blog tours and release dates. Text-based essays and columns have a minimum requirement of 600 words. We can handle images, videos, artwork, photography, and sound. Please upload media separately from the main piece; if there is a link to hosted media on external sites, that is preferable to uploaded media, so please just list the available links. To read all material in The Spark, click HERE. To read essays only, click HERE. To read all columns, click HERE. See below for our regular column features. [SUBMIT ESSAYS & COLUMNS]

NAKED LUNCH MENU: Literary Recipes

We look for well-made (and taste-tested) food and drink recipes with a literary bent. They can be based on food from books, be based on what characters might eat or drink, have punny literary titles, or simply be a recipe accompanied by an essay or an essay about food and literature. We are open about that, but it should pertain to literature and food in some facet. Images are a plus; please upload them separately from the body of your main piece. [SUBMIT LITERARY RECIPES]

ON:TOPIC: Essays on Topics of Expertise

On:Topic is a series of essays where authors can go into extensive detail on topics they know a great deal about. Are you an “expert” at making wooden birdhouses, laying paneling in floor, getting clean drinking water to underprivileged countries, timber-felling, or knowing which trees belong in which tree families? Go into detail about a topic you know well, how to do it, what to look for, and why it’s important to you. Minimum requirement of 600 words, and images or video tutorials are highly encouraged, although links to external media are preferable over attached media. [SUBMIT ON:TOPIC ESSAYS]

ON:CRAFT: Essays on Writing Craft

On:Craft is a series of essays where authors, agents, editors, and publishers can go into extensive detail on any aspect of their writing, editing, or literary craft. The topic is left very open so that writers can be creative and specific to their own craft interests. Minimum requirement of 600 words. [SUBMIT ON:CRAFT ESSAYS]

THE LAST THING I LOVED: Essays on Moments of Passion

The Last Thing I Loved is exactly what it sounds like. We are seeking essays on the last thing you truly loved, something you felt so passionate about when you found out about it, heard it, tried it, tasted it, read it, saw it, revisited it, that you just had to tell everyone. Tell us that passion, and make us feel it. PLEASE NOTE: We are not looking for essays on personal love, relationships, or romance with random people we don’t know. We are seeking passion for items, places, something in your purse you can’t live without, that special object that makes your life complete. Read the column HERE to get an understanding of what we’re seeking before you submit. Minimum of 600 words and preferably one photo; no maximum. [SUBMIT LAST THING I LOVED ESSAYS] or send pitches, queries, abstracts, questions, or materials to Katie Gezi at lastthing@thecoilmag.com.

ALTERNATE HISTORIES: Stories / Essays on Alternate / Alternative Histories

[We accept fiction to this category directly through the magazine.] History and science is our passion at The Coil. But what if something in history had been altered, changed for better or worse? We seek fun, interesting, sad, quirky, well-researched fiction on alternate / alternative histories for any person, place, event, idea, or time period in history. Please don’t write about living people. Be tasteful if events are in recent history with living survivors. No hate speech. We are interested in well-thought-out pieces and are not looking for flash. Essays are also accepted, if you want to dabble in the scholarly what-ifs, but they should be very well-researched. [SUBMIT ALTERNATE HISTORIES]

MADE IN MICHIGAN: Writing by Authors Born and / or Raised in Michigan

[We accept fiction and poetry to this category directly through the magazine, by invitation only.] Michigan-born author and editor Leah Angstman invites authors born and / or raised in Michigan to talk about their connections with the state in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. This series is currently by invitation only, but if you would like to be considered, send a query to Managing Editor Lisa Favicchia at editor@thecoilmag.com.

ON THIS DAY: Essays on Literary or Historical Events

The On This Day series focuses on events in history that took place “on this day,” with a bent toward literary, scientific, cultural, and historical events. We look for well-written, well-researched essays and articles that say something deeper than a Wikipedia version— something quirky, little-known, or personal about some person, place, idea, book, &c., that took place “on this day” in history. Minimum of 600 words. Essays have to be received at least two weeks before the day in question and should be well-sourced. [SUBMIT ON THIS DAY ESSAYS]

THE COLLECTOR: Collections of Authors

The Collector series highlights odd or fun collections of items that authors have hoarded through the years. Do you collect something weird? Stamps and baseball cards are fine, but we are mostly looking for collections that go a little outside the norm, just for the fun of it. This series is for authors who have at least one published book in the last two years (or forthcoming within the next four months) on a traditional press (not self-published) and can be an essay or a series of photos without much comment, although some comment should be given as to the what and why of your collection. At least one photo of your collection and at least one paragraph is required. You may list multiple collections in one essay, if you have more than one collection, but do not make two separate essays for multiple collections; we will only feature each author once. [SUBMIT COLLECTOR ESSAYS]

THE HOLD-UP: Dissecting How Well Books Hold Up over Time

The Hold-Up series features columns about older books and how well they hold up over time, after a second look. Books should be at least a couple years old, but you decide your own topic and book. How does it fit in with today’s society? What changed, for better or worse? Minimum of 600 words. [SUBMIT HOLD-UP ESSAYS]

DEAR TESSIE: Advice Column

We are currently working on a unique advice column for our magazine, so come back to find out about it in the future.

DAGUERREOTYPED: Monthly Historical Photo Prompt Contest

Every month, we pick a historical photo, and we ask you to write something about it. The winners are published in a post the following month. To enter, follow the instructions on the contest posts for any open contests. To read all DaguerreoTyped entries, click HERE. [SUBMIT DAGUERREOTYPED]

INDIE BOOK RADAR: Brief Book Blurbs

Indie Book Radar is our column of brief book blurbs where we talk about what we’re reading. This column is contributed to by Alternating Current staff and regular book reviewers only and does not take outside submissions. If you are interested in contributing, please become a regular reviewer or volunteer for an editor position. To read all Indie Book Radar entries, click HERE.

INDIE LIT ROUND-UP: Weekend Reading Links

In this series, we post a new list every Friday that contains links of stories, poetry, and essays for people to read over the weekend. This series is compiled by Leah Angstman, but if you would like to point out a piece that she might like for consideration, tweet it or DM it to her at @leahangstman.

THE INDUCTOR: Interviews & Conversations

We look for interesting and engaging interviews and conversations with literary figures, authors, editors, publishers, agents, heads of literary organizations, artists, people doing creative things in the world, &c. Especially interested in topical conversations (new books released, upcoming speaking engagement, film adaptation, something pertaining to holidays / events). Minimum of 5 engaging questions for a standard interview; no maximum. Other types of conversations considered, such as forums, debates, or polls. Please acquire a headshot and professional 50-word bio from the interviewee and any links or photos to include, such as book covers. Upload the hi-res headshot and photos separately from the main body file. This category is for FINISHED interviews that should be submitted by the interviewer, not the interviewee; our in-house interviewers choose whom they would like to interview themselves, and we do not accept outside requests for people wishing to be interviewed by our staff. For excellent examples of what we are seeking, read Leah Angstman’s interviews with Ted Scheinman, Melinda Mueller, and Norman Cristofoli; Kevin Catalano’s interviews with Nick Ripatrazone and Wendy C. Ortiz; and Eric Shonkwiler’s interview with Chris Offutt. To read all The Inductor interviews, click HERE. To read all interviews and conversations, click HERE. [SUBMIT INTERVIEWS]

SELF-INTERVIEW SERIES

We accept self-interviews from authors who have at least one published book in the last two years (or forthcoming within the next four months) on a traditional press (not self-published). A self-interview is where you ask yourself the questions that you want people to know, and answer them yourself. Humorous, odd, quirky, intimate, and / or getting deeply personal with previously unknown parts of your life, works the best. Minimum of 5 engaging questions; no maximum. [SUBMIT SELF-INTERVIEWS]

PHOTO-INTERVIEW SERIES

We accept photo-interviews from authors who have at least one published book in the last two years (or forthcoming within the next four months) on a traditional press (not self-published). A photo-interview is one in which you provide photos pertaining to something about yourself, a book, inspiration for writing, a set topic, or some other united subject. Photos should have some meaning on a particular subject, and should be your own photos, or photos you have permission to use. Photos can be presented without comment or can have brief captions or paragraphs. Minimum of 5 photos; maximum of 20. Upload each photo separately. [SUBMIT PHOTO-INTERVIEWS]

THE TRANSMITTER: Set-Question Interview Series

The Transmitter is a series of fun and engaging set-questions for authors. This series is for authors only, and you must have at least one published book in the last two years (or forthcoming within the next four months) on a traditional press (not self-published). If you want to partake in the series, you can download the questions HERE. To see an excellent example, read Tabitha Blankenbiller’s HERE. To read The Transmitter interviews, click HERE. [SUBMIT TRANSMITTER INTERVIEWS]

THE SIGNAL: Shelfies

Shelfies are where you take a picture or pictures of your bookshelf / shelves, and talk about it / them. It can be in-depth or surface level, but we love to see what authors read and how they organize their books. Tell us what’s important to you about your books, and share as many photos as you’d like. This series is for authors only, and you must have at least one published book in the last two years (or forthcoming within the next four months) on a traditional press (not self-published). Celebrities from other fields may be invited at the editor’s discretion. Upload photos separately from main body file. Minimum of 600 words and one photo; no maximum. To see The Signal Shelfies, click HERE. For excellent examples, see the Shelfies of Christina Collins, Laryssa Wirstiuk, Keri Kellerman, and Todd Tavolazzi. [SUBMIT SHELFIES] or send pitches, queries, abstracts, questions, or materials to Tanner McClelland at shelfies@thecoilmag.com.

THE CURRENT: Alternating Current News, Announcements, & Releases

This is where we talk about big events, releases, award winners, or news at Alternating Current Press. To read The Current entries, click HERE. To read all news, click HERE. This category does not take submissions.

THE MOTOR: Alternating Current Authors’ News

This is where we talk about what’s going on with our authors out in the literary world. If you are an Alternating Current Press or The Coil author, please let us know your announcements with a quick email to Lisa Favicchia at editor@thecoilmag.com, or by @’ing us on Twitter at @CoilMag or @AltCurrent. To read The Motor entries, click HERE. To read all news, click HERE. This category is not open to people who have not yet been published by Alternating Current Press or The Coil magazine.

THE BEAM: Author, Book, & Lit Organization Spotlights

The Beam is for exposure and spotlights on authors and literary endeavors, in the vein of an in-depth profile. It’s a good outlet for book-blog tours that just want to spotlight a book, or for someone to spotlight his or her own project. Minimum of 600 words. To read The Beam entries, click HERE. [SUBMIT BEAM SPOTLIGHTS]

THE FREQUENCY: Soundbites, Videos, MP3s, & Readings

The Frequency focuses on multimedia literary posts with soundbites, videos, MP3s, audio book excerpts, book trailers, readings, podcasts, &c. We prefer items that are hosted externally with links (such as hosted on YouTube or SoundCloud or Vimeo), but otherwise, you can upload your files individually if they don’t have hosted links. To see The Frequency entries, click HERE. [SUBMIT MEDIA FILES]

THE TURBINE: Book & Journal Giveaways

A couple times per month, we give away bundles of books and literary products in Rafflecopter giveaways. To have your book considered for a giveaway, email your information to Lisa Favicchia at editor@thecoilmag.com. To see The Turbine giveaways, click HERE.

THE ELECTROMAGNET: Quotes & Sunday Funday

The Electromagnet is our outlet for fun stuff, neat links, quotes, artwork, and quirky stuff. It does not accept outside submissions, except for comics and illustrations. To read The Electromagnet posts, click HERE.

COMICS & GRAPHICS

We accept comics, graphics, illustrations, and artwork portfolio essays with a universal appeal for The Electromagnet. Material should be enough to fill a full post; we aren’t as inclined to take one single picture as we are to take several panels and pieces to make a meatier showcase post. Bonus if the pieces have a literary bent. [SUBMIT COMICS & ILLUSTRATIONS]

BOOK BLOG TOURS

We are happy to be a home for your promotional or book blog tour stops. You may request a book review via The Volt instructions above, but we will not guarantee reviews by set dates. If you want a promotional post for a set date, we suggest writing a guest column, booklist, media post, or essay pertaining to something about your book; or contributing a book excerpt, self-interview, photo interview, Transmitter questions, or giveaway; or having someone else interview you and submit the post.



Staff Editors

Leah Angstman serves as Editor-in-Chief for Alternating Current Press and The Coil magazine, a reviewer for Publishers Weekly, and a proofreader for Pacific Standard. Her work has appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, Tupelo Quarterly, Electric Literature, Slice Magazine, Shenandoah, and elsewhere. Find her at her website.
Lisa Favicchia is Managing Editor of The Coil. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Bowling Green State University and has worked on several literary journals, including Mid-American Review and The Adroit Journal. Her work has appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Rubbertop Review, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and Adelaide Literary Magazine. [editor@thecoilmag.com]
Julia Dixon Evans is Senior Columns Editor at The Coil, Nonfiction Editor at Noble / Gas Quarterly, and author of the novel How to Set Yourself on Fire. Her short work can be found or is forthcoming in McSweeney’s, Barrelhouse, Hobart, and elsewhere. She lives in San Diego.
Amanda Jean is LGBT+ Diversity Editor for The Coil and an editor and writer of LGBT+ romance. When not wrangling manuscripts, writing about the video game industry, or co-hosting the queer podcast The Hopeless Romantic, you can find her watching documentaries and reading too many true crime books. Find her at her website.
Andrew H. Dincher is Fiction Editor at The Coil. He is an ISA-certified arborist and a graduate of Lycoming College, a small liberal arts school in Central Pennsylvania, where he double-majored in English Literature and American History. His nonfiction can be found at Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk, Eco-Speculation, and Obsolete Press. [fiction@thecoilmag.com]
Lewis Phillips is Poetry Editor at The Coil. He first worked as a screenwriter for four years, with work adapted for web-output and the Brighton Fringe Festival. Now, after graduating from the NWS Creative Writing Programme, and studying with the PTC and SFEP, he is an active freelancer specializing in line / developmental edits and wildlife-inspired poetry and prose. [poetry@thecoilmag.com]
Genevieve Mills is History Editor at The Coil. She writes short stories and flash fiction. She’s from Louisville, Kentucky, and now lives in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Matchbook, Jellyfish Review, Psychopomp Magazine, Crab Fat Magazine, Unbroken Journal, and Drunk Monkeys, among other magazines. [history@thecoilmag.com]
Lyndsey Ellis is Excerpt Editor at The Coil. She earned her BA in English from University of Missouri-Columbia and MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. A VONA / Voices of Our Nation alumna and Kimbilio Fellow, her writing appears in Joyland, The Jamaica Observer, Entropy, The Stockholm Review of Literature, and elsewhere. Find her at her website. [excerpts@thecoilmag.com]
Katie Gezi is Series Editor for The Last Thing I Loved column on The Coil. California-raised, Katie is now a publishing professional in New York City. She is an active fiction writer, and edited the 1569 facsimile, The Trauailed Pilgrime. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, dancing, and — above all — reading. [lastthing@thecoilmag.com]
Tanner McClelland is Shelfies Series Editor and an English major at Randolph-Macon College. His college life is spent balancing lacrosse and literature, and he works as a writing tutor and has contributed heavily to the school’s creative writing journal. He has been published in The Coil and The Poeming Pigeon. [shelfies@thecoilmag.com]