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.

Submit 300-Word Love Stories to Our 300th Issue: OPEN

We’re five issues away from a milestone (and Valentine’s Day), and we want to publish the people who got us there — you

  • Writers can submit one 300-word piece of fiction (that is 300 words exactly, not including the title) (also, though it goes without saying, contractions are one word)
  • The piece cannot have been published before
  • We are not accepting multiple submissions per author
  • Upon acceptance we can offer $25
Read more about our plans for the issue here.

Essays—OPEN

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. 


Recommended Reading General FictionClosed 

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

  • Recommended Reading publishes fiction between 2,000 and 10,000 words. 
  • 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.)

Novel Gazing—Opening January 12

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.


Translated Fiction for Recommended Reading—CLOSED


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:

Fiction
Nonfiction
Publishing
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

Ends on January 26, 2018

For the new Novel Gazing, Electric Lit’s personal essay series about the way stories shape our lives, we’re asking: What’s a book that made you fall in love?

Of course, “love” doesn’t have to mean heteronormative flowers-and-candy stuff. It doesn’t have to mean romantic love at all. Take a look at The New York Times’ Modern Love column if you need inspiration: you’ll find essays about marriage, dating, and divorce, but also about intense platonic friendships, familial bonds, and no-strings hookups. What do we talk about when we talk about love? That’s up to you.

Whatever you decide it means, I want to hear about a book (or movie, show, game, or other story) that made you fall in love — with someone, or something, or even the book itself if you can make that an interesting essay. Maybe you became obsessed from afar with the author or the protagonist of a novel. Maybe someone else’s memoir made you realize that a partner you’d felt lukewarm about was actually right for you. Maybe a film made you suddenly smitten with your hometown for the first time. Maybe you looked across a subway car to see the cover of the same book you were engrossed in, and then the beautiful eyes above it, and the rest was history. If a story gave you a rush of oxytocin, made colors look brighter, raised your pulse rate, altered your self-concept and your relationships — you know, all the things love does — then it’s fair game. (A word of warning, though: There are a lot of cliché pitfalls for this one. You can do that one about the identical novels and the subway car, for instance, but you’d have to make it really bang. Might be better to look slightly to the side of the beaten path for your ideas.)

You may want to read some earlier Novel Gazing essays to get a feel for the series. Some recent favorites include essays about reading the Song of the Lioness series as a closeted young gay man, about losing faith in Mormonism while reading a Jon Krakauer book, and about turning to A Clockwork Orangein order to feel like the “right” kind of abnormal.

Essays should not be longer than 4,000 words or shorter than 800, and payment is $60 per piece. Submissions will remain open through January 26.