Recommended Reading is for Open Submissions

From Wednesday, September 20, our weekly fiction magazine is opening submissions for previously unpublished stories for two weeks

Recommended Reading is the weekly fiction magazine of Electric Literature, and with over 92,000 subscribers in just five years, it’s one of the fastest growing literary magazine around. Every week the magazine publishes one story, a mix of reprints chosen by today’s best authors and editors, and original fiction. Though we publish both, we only consider previously unpublished stories during our open submission periods. We’re looking for short stories that are bold, affecting, and presented with a distinct style.

For fall 2017, we’re opening general fiction submissions for previously unpublished work for two weeks from September 20th to October 4th.

The best way to get a sense of what we publish is by reading the Recommended Reading archives, particularly the stories that are recommended by Electric Literature in which we showcase original fiction.

And if these dates don’t work for you? Members get access to year-round submissions! Join today.

Recommended Reading publishes fiction ranging in length from 2,000 to 10,000 words, and pays each contributor $300. We accept simultaneous submissions, but if your story is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw it immediately through the Submittable system. We can only consider one story by an author at any given time.

Recommended Reading launched in May 2012 and has since published 230 issues, including original work by Sheila Heti, A. Igoni Barrett, A.M. Homes, Helen DeWitt, Jim Shepard, Ben Marcus, Etgar Keret, Cesear Aria, Ottessa Moshfegh, Kelly Link, and Mary Gaitskill. We also pride ourselves in championing new voices, and have been early supporters of writers such as Helen Phillips, Sharma Shields, Rebecca Schiff, Diane Cook, and Matt Sumell.

Recommended Reading is digital-only, available for free online and in ePub, and for $0.99 per issue on Kindle. Issues of Recommended Reading are also published on this site.

Submissions will be open September 20th through our submittable page.

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