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Electric Literature periodically accepts submissions of short stories, essays, poetry, and comics during designated submission periods through Submittable. General information for these categories are below, and specific information on submission period dates can be found on our Submittable page.

For detailed guidelines and to submit, visit our Submittable page: electricliterature.submittable.com.

We announce open submission periods one to two weeks in advance. The best way to find out about upcoming submissions windows is to subscribe to our eNewsletter, and to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Please familiarize yourself with the work we publish before submitting.

Member Submissions  – All Categories, Year Round

Never wait for an open submission period again! Members of Electric Literature who make a monthly contribution of $5 or more a month get access to year-round submissions in any genre, with a guaranteed response time of under three months. Become a member and submit your work today!

Member-exclusive submission links for essays, The Commuter and Recommended Reading can be found in the welcome email you received upon subscribing. If you can’t find the email or did not receive one, please contact Preety Sidhu at preety@electricliterature.com.

Recommended Reading - Fiction

Electric Literature’s weekly fiction magazine, publishing short stories and novel excerpts by today's most dynamic voices every Wednesday, recommended by your favorite writers.

Accepts previously unpublished fiction of 2,000 to 10,000 words.

Two 1-week submissions periods per year, usually in Spring and Fall.

Response time: 6 to 8 months

Pay: $300

The Commuter - Flash Fiction, Poetry, Graphic Narrative

Electric Literature’s second weekly magazine, publishing strange and diverting poetry, flash fiction, and graphic narratives every Monday.

Accepts previously unpublished fiction, poetry, and graphic narrative under 1,500 words.

Four 1-week submissions periods per year.

Response time: 3 months

Pay: $100

Personal and Critical Essays

Electric Literature's essays examine books and culture through a personal and critical lens. For greater accessibility, Electric Lit does not require full submissions on spec. Instead, email a detailed pitch to jess@electricliterature.com. Pitches should describe the subject matter of the essay (which must be about books, writing, or narrative media like movies, games, and TV) and give a sense of the argument you plan to make or the story you plan to tell. We welcome thoughtful considerations of new releases, overlooked classics, childhood favorites—anything that can illuminate or be illuminated by the human experience. Requests for Electric Literature to cover your book or your client's book are not considered pitches. If your story is immediately time-sensitive or news-responsive, indicate this in your subject line; otherwise, please wait at least a week to follow up.

Pay: $100


Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is an annual writing competition sponsored by the stage and radio series Selected Shorts. The winning work will be performed and recorded live at a Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space, and published on Electric Literature. The winning writer will receive $1000 and a free 10-week course with Gotham Writers. Read more about submission deadlines here.