Welcome to Electric Literature's submissions hub! 

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

Recommended Reading General FictionOPEN until June 27

Submissions to Recommended Reading are open for one week, but members of Electric Literature can submit year-round. Join today!

  • Recommended Reading publishes fiction between 1,500 and 10,000 words. (For fiction shorter than 1,500 words, check for open submission periods to the Recommended Reading Commuter.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please notify us immediately if a piece is accepted elsewhere.
  • Upon acceptance, we can offer authors $300 for publishing rights.
  • Writers may submit one piece per general opening period. (This does not apply to year-round submitting members. For more information on members submissions, please visit the members hub.)


The Recommended Reading Commuter—OPEN for Graphic Narrative and Poetry

Deadline extended!

From June 6-20, we're accepting submissions to our Recommended Reading Commuter. The Recommended Reading Commuter is our new home for poetry, flash, graphic, and experimental narratives. It publishes weekly on Monday morning, and has already showcased the likes of Noy HollandLulu MillerDaniel Mallory OrtbergShelly Oria and Nelly Reifler, and more. 

Please note that, while the Commuter publishes prose, this submission period is for poetry and graphic narrative only.  

Poetry. Submit 3-5 poems in a single document. The total page count should not exceed 8 pages.

Graphic narrative/visual storytelling. We are interested in both traditional and non-traditional forms of visual storytelling. Submit up to 3 pieces of narrative illustration, comics, or mixed media narrative. For comics, each piece should contain a minimum of 3 panels. The total page count of your submission should not exceed 15 pages.

  • Please submit text in .doc, .docx, and graphics in .doc, .docx, or PDF.
  • If your work is selected, we can offer a total payment of $100.

All submissions will be accepted through our Submittable page (poetry here, and graphic narrative here.) For a sense of the kind of work we publish, check out recent issues of the Commuterour 280-character contest winners, and Recommended Reading’s 300th issue.

Essays—Closed

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. 

  • Payment for essays is $50. 
  • Length is up to you, but we suggest aiming for 1,500–4,000 words.
  • To see what kind of essays we have published, visit our site

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 directly on the world of literature, books, or the role of narrative in our lives cannot be considered. 


Novel Gazing—Closed

Novel Gazing is Electric Literature’s personal essay series on the way that stories and reading shape our lives.

  • Essays should not be longer than 4,000 words or shorter than 800
  • Payment is $60 per piece. 
  • Non-women are welcome to submit their work.
  • Read more about our vision for this series here and here.

Submit 3-5 poems in a single document, and please limit the page count to 8.

  • Please submit text in .doc, .docx, or PDF.
  • If your work is selected, we can offer a total payment of $100.

We are interested in both traditional and non-traditional forms of visual storytelling. Submit up to 3 pieces of narrative illustration, comics, or mixed media narrative. For comics, each piece should contain a minimum of 3 panels. The total page count of your submission should not exceed 15 pages.

  • Please submit graphics in .doc, .docx, or PDF.
  • If your work is selected, we can offer a total payment of $100.

Submissions are now open.


Recommended Reading, a magazine by Electric Literature, publishes one story a week, each chosen by today’s best authors and editors. Recommended Reading only considers previously unpublished fiction, including publication on your personal website. Submissions will be open June 19 to Wednesday, June 27. 


Before submitting, please take some time to read Recommended Reading, especially those recommended by Electric Literature, in which we showcase original fiction. 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.