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.
Recommended Reading General Fiction Submissions—Open April 15 (12:00am) through April 22nd (11:59pm)
- 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.
- Response time is three to six months.
- Upon acceptance, we can offer authors $300 for publishing rights.
- During general submissions periods, writers may submit one piece per opening period. (This does not apply to year-round submitting members. For more information on members submissions, please visit the members hub.)
The Commuter—Closed for POETRY and GRAPHIC NARRATIVE Submissions
When we are looking for poetry and graphic narrative, please keep the following guidelines in mind:
- For Poetry, submit 3–5 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, 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.
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.
The Commuter—Closed for PROSE Submissions
The Commuter is our home for poetry, flash, graphic, and experimental narratives. It publishes weekly on Monday morning, and has already showcased the likes of Noy Holland, Lulu Miller, Meg Pokrasss, Shelly Oria and Nelly Reifler, and more.
For Prose submissions, please keep the following guidelines in mind:
- Submit up to 3 flash fiction pieces, either standalone or connected. The total word count should not exceed 1500 words in a single document.
- Please submit all genres in .doc, .docx, or PDF.
- If your work is selected, we can offer a total payment of $100.
Novel Gazing is Electric Literature’s personal essay series on the way that stories and reading shape our lives.
For this round of Novel Gazing, Electric Lit’s personal essay series about the way stories shape our lives, tell us about a book (or movie, or show, or other narrative media) that shifted your opinion. This could be a huge change — the book that convinced you God existed, or didn’t; the play that altered your political perspective; the movie that convinced you to have kids — or a small one. Tell us about the stories that revolutionized your outlook on your family, on your career, on your own creative output. Tell us about the opinions you thought were unshakeable, until you encountered the story that turned everything upside down.
You may want to read some earlier Novel Gazing essays to get a feel for the series. Some recent favorites include essays about moving on from grief with the help of an AIDS memoir, about learning the wrong lessons from 200-year-old erotica, and about realizing that the romances of young adult literature aren’t written for you.
- Essays should not be longer than 4,000 words or shorter than 800
- Payment is $100 per piece.
- Non-women are welcome to submit their work.
- Read more about our vision for this series here and here.
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.
Electric Literature internships introduce undergraduate and graduate students, emerging writers, and aspiring publishing professionals to digital publishing and the New York literary scene. Because we are a small, not-for-profit publisher, we provide unique opportunities for professional development and resume-building.
As an Electric Literature intern, you are encouraged to become involved in any aspect of our work that interests you. You’ll sort mail and go to the post office, but you’ll also have the opportunity to contribute to editorial decisions, write for the site, and attend cool literary events. Our interns have gone on to work for places like Publishers Weekly, Oxford University Press, Penguin Random House, and… Electric Literature.
Update: Due to the pandemic, all Electric Literature staff are currently working remotely, so all internships are very likely to start remotely as well. Since we don't know how long this will last, we are for the first time considering remote applicants for one of the two open intern positions. (Successful applicants who live in New York will be expected to come into the office once the office reopens, and remote interns who can get to New York are encouraged to do so, once doing so is understood to be safe.)
● Comb the web and social media for breaking literary news
● Write book lists and news items for electricliterature.com
● Staff events
● Select images to pair with articles
● Format, copy edit, and draft articles
● Update contact databases
● Fulfill online merchandise sales
● Transcribe interviews
● Perform other administrative tasks
● Open mail and catalogue books
● Personal experience using WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram—professional experience is a plus
● Excellent writing skills and a unique point of view
● Basic understanding of Photoshop and inDesign
● Firm grasp of grammar and spelling
● Organized and fastidious
The ideal candidate
● Has an educational background in journalism, literature, or creative writing
● Has prior internship or entry-level job experience at another publishing, media, or non-profit organization
● Participates in the contemporary literary scene
● Regularly reads literary magazines and literary websites (including but not limited to Recommended Reading, The Commuter, and electricliterature.com)
● Believes strongly in the Electric Literature mission to make literature more relevant, exciting, and inclusive
● Is hard-working, pays great attention to detail, and can work independently
● Writes clearly and with personality
● Has an eye for design and knows what images will grab a reader’s attention
This is a part-time internship (10–20 hours/week) with a $200 per month stipend to cover transportation and meals. Candidates must be able to come to our office in downtown Brooklyn at least two days a week. We are happy to work with universities and graduate programs to provide course credit, though you do not need to be a student to apply. Interns will start ASAP and work the summer, though exact dates have some flexibility and there may be an opportunity to extend.
How to apply
Please upload the following documents to the application portal by 11:59 pm on March 23:
- A cover letter and resume
- The headline and 2–3 paragraph introduction for a reading list (you can look at the lists section on our site for inspiration). Include 5–7 book titles that you would include on the list, and a short capsule description of one of those books.