Welcome to Electric Literature's submissions hub! 

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


The Commuter—Open for PROSE, POETRY, and GRAPHIC NARRATIVE Submissions Monday, January 18th, 2021 (12:00am) through Sunday, January 24th, 2021 (11:59pm)

Members of Electric Literature can submit year-round. Join today!

The Commuter is our home for poetry, flash, graphic, and experimental narratives. It publishes weekly on Monday morning, and has showcased the likes of Caroline Hadilaksono, Aleksandar Hemon, Jonathan Lethem, Lindsay Hunter, Tahirah Alexander Green, and Julia Wertz.

Please keep the following guidelines in mind:   

  • For Prose, submit one or more flash pieces, either standalone or connected. The total word count should not exceed 1500 words in a single document. We encourage writers to push the boundaries of what is considered fiction.
  • For Poetry, submit 4–6 poems in a single document, and please limit the page count to 8. 
  • For Graphic Narrative, we are interested in both traditional and non-traditional forms of visual storytelling. Submit up to 3 pieces of narrative illustration, comics, mixed media narrative, or genre-negative oddments. 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 all genres in .doc, .docx, or PDF. 
  • Please submit only once per category.
  • Please include your email address.
  • If your work is selected, we can offer a total payment of $100.

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


Recommended Reading General Fiction SubmissionsOpen Monday, January 18th (12:00am) through Sunday, January 24th (11:59pm)

Members of Electric Literature can submit year-round. Join today!

  • Recommended Reading publishes fiction between 2,000 and 10,000 words. (For fiction shorter than 2,000 words, check for open submission periods to The Commuter.)
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please notify us immediately if a piece is accepted elsewhere.
  • Response time is three to eight months.
  • Upon acceptance, we can offer authors $300 for publishing rights.
  • During the general submissions periods, writers may submit one piece per opening period. (This does not apply to year-round submitting members. For more information on member submissions, please refer to the welcome email you received when you signed up as a member or reach out to preety@electricliterature.com.)


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 $100. 
  • 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. 


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.

Submit up to 3 flash fiction pieces, either standalone or connected. The total word count should not exceed 1500 words.

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

Submissions open January 18th.

NOTE: If you have a submission still under consideration from our previous submission period in April, feel free to submit again during our January window.

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 Monday, January 18th (12:00pm) to Sunday, January 24th (11:59pm). 


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. Response time is three to eight months.

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