Electric Literature

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Welcome to Electric Literature's submissions hub! 

We have a number of categories, including Essays and Recommended Reading. Please scroll down for information and guidelines on the category you are interested in.

Recommended Reading—Closed
Submissions to Recommended Reading are closed, but members of Electric Literature can submit year-round. Join today!

Recommended Reading is the weekly fiction magazine of Electric Literature, and with over 92,000 subscribers in just five years, it’s the fastest growing literary magazine around. Every week, the magazine publishes one story, each chosen by today’s best authors and editors. 

The best way to get a sense of the kind of stories we’re looking for is to read the Recommended Reading archives, especially the stories recommended by Electric Literature, in which we showcase original fiction. We can only consider one story by an author at any given time. Submit your never-before-published stories in the range of 2,000 to 10,000 words; if selected, we can offer a payment of $300.

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.

Become a member and get access to year-round submissions!

Recommended Reading is digital-only, available for free online and for $0.99 per issue on Kindle. 


Electric Literature is open to submissions of personal and critical essays from August 1 to August 15. We're particularly interested in pieces that examine the intersection of the literary experience and other creative endeavors: film, fine art, music, video games, science, tech, architecture, etc. Submissions will close August 15. 

Please title your submission in a way that highlights its connection to the world of literature, the role of narrative in our lives, or the power of storytelling. Essays that do not reflect on the world of literature, books, or the role of narrative in our lives cannot be considered. 

Payment for essays is $50. Length is up to you, but we suggest aiming for 1,500–4,000 words.

Electric Scholarships—Closed

Electric Literature's mission is to amplify the power of storytelling and maintain literature's place in pop culture by embracing new technologies, supporting writers, and building community. Now more than ever, it is important to support writers across economic strata to ensure that literature remains vital and inclusive. In that spirit, Electric Literature is proud to offer full scholarships for 6 to 12 week writing workshops and weekend masterclasses co-presented with the innovative publisher Catapult.

Eligibility: We are able to provide these scholarships thanks to the generosity of Catapult and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and as such, this is an New York City-specific opportunity, and all applicants must reside in New York City. There are no other requirements to apply. Also, these scholarships cannot be applied toward online courses.

Evaluation: Scholarships will be awards on the basis of need and merit, and recipients will be assigned to courses based on their stated preferences and availability. All scholarships must be used between January 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017.

The Scholarship application portal is open from November 15 to December 15.

To apply please upload the following as three separate documents:

(1) Cover letter consisting of:

  • Your name and address

  • A biographical statement, including previous workshop experience

  • A ranking of three courses instructors you’d like to work with. See class schedule here: https://catapult.co/classes

  • A list of workshop categories you are interested in (See list below--include as many as you want).

  • Any availability restrictions such as planned travel or weekly commitments. All workshops take place on weekday evenings. Master classes and bootcamps are held on Saturday from 1-5pm.

(2) 2,000 word writing sample. (If you are applying for the novel generator course, please submit up to 25 pages of the first chapter of your novel-in-progress.)

(3) Statement of financial need (max 1,000 words).

Workshops are available in the following categories:

Graphic Novel/Memoir
Online Media (Writing for the Web)
Novel Generator -  applicants must be prepared to workshop the first 25-100 pages of their novel-in-progress by the time class begins
Short Story
Flash Fiction
Travel Writing


Submissions to Okey-Panky are here: https://okeypanky.submittable.com/