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 Calvin Kasulke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Accepts previously unpublished fiction of 1,500 to 10,000 words.
Two 1-week submissions periods per year, usually in Spring and Fall.
Response time: 6 to 8 months
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Accepts previously unpublished fiction, poetry, and graphic narrative under 1,500 words.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
Novel Gazing - Personal/Critical Essays
Electric Lit’s essay series about the way stories shape our lives. Open submission periods include prompts such as, “What is a book that changed your mind?” and “What is a book that almost killed you?” When open, prompt information can be found on Submittable.
Accepts original essays of 800 to 4,000 words on books, films, television, or other narrative media in response to the prompt.
Four 2-3 week submission periods per year.
Response time: 2 to 3 months.
"Stories Out of School" Flash Fiction Contest
Electric Lit has partnered with Academy for Teachers to host the 2020 “Stories Out of School” Flash Fiction Contest, judged by Susan Choi. Stories must feature a teacher as the protagonist or narrator, and must be between 6 and 749 words. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in the The Commuter. Deadline to submit is October 1, 2019. Submit here.
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 on June 12, 2019, 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.