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The Commuter (Electric Lit)

Literary Magazine



Flash CNF




Electric Literature’s second weekly magazine, The Commuter, is publishing strange and diverting poetry, flash fiction, and graphic narratives every Monday.


  • Vibe:Top-tier stuff. Not Paris Review, but ok
  • Response time:
    3 months*
    Editor reported data
    82 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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Paysfrom $100

Find more details in the Genres section


  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

    From the editors

    Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 1500 words max

Max words: 1500

Sub Genres: Literary

Payment: $ 100

Submit one or more pieces, either standalone or connected, in a single document. The total word count should not exceed 1500 words. We encourage writers to push the boundaries of what is considered fiction.

Nonfiction - 6500 words max

Max words: 2000

Max words: 6500

Payment: $ 100

Nonfiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Payment: $ 100


Max pieces: 6

Payment: $ 100

Submit 4–6 poems in a single document, and please limit the page count to 8. Keep in mind that due to our digital platform, not all poems may render exactly as they appear in a PDF.


Max pieces: 3

Payment: $ 100

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 20 pages.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    We use Submittable

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Please submit all genres in .doc, .docx, or PDF.

  • Author's rights

    Upon acceptance, we can offer authors $100 for publishing rights, with 90-day exclusivity

  • Additional info

    Pays! $100 Electric Literature members can submit year-round with faster response times Has a "How to Get Published in The Commuter" video guide Active on social media!

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

82 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

4 days

Fastest response time

233 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 904 days, 1373 days, 1494 days

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Electric Literature is a nonprofit digital publisher with the mission to make literature more exciting, relevant, and inclusive. We are committed to publishing work that is intelligent and unpretentious, elevating new voices, and examining how literature and storytelling can help illuminate social j...

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    Editor Denne Michele Norris avatar

    Denne Michele Norris


    Editor Halimah Marcus avatar

    Halimah Marcus

    Executive Director

    Editor Kelly Luce avatar

    Kelly Luce

    Editor - The Commuter

    Editor Alyssa Songsiridej avatar

    Alyssa Songsiridej

    Managing Editor - The Commuter

    Editor Wynter K Miller avatar

    Wynter K Miller

    Associate Editor - The Commuter