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Electric Spec

Literary Magazine



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A not-for-profit speculative fiction magazine published four times per year.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    4 months max*
    Editor reported data
    44 days*
    Chill Subs tracker stats
  • Acceptance rate:  / 
    Chill Subs tracker stats


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

  • 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 - 7000 words max

Max words: 250

Max words: 7000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Speculative

Payment: $ 20

we prefer science fiction, fantasy, and the macabre, but we're willing to push the limits of traditional forms of these genres


Payment: $ 20

No specific limitations

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    No cover letter advice

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    RTF. We prefer to read submissions in traditional manuscript format. This means indented paragraphs instead of left justification, and Courier or Times New Roman font in 12 pt, double-spaced. Also, please include the title, your name, address, and word length on the first page of your story.

  • Author's rights

    We buy first-printing world exclusive rights for four months.

  • Additional info

    Issues are published at the end of February, May, August, and November

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

44 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

11 days

Fastest response time

111 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 157 days, 177 days

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

43 days

12-month average response time

Submission calls

    All genres

    Always open


Electric Spec is a not-for-profit speculative fiction magazine published four times per year. Our primary goal is getting great speculative fiction into the hands (or screens) of readers. Since 2005, we've been publishing short stories from authors all over the world. We've worked with all kinds of ...

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    Candi Cooper-Towler


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    Collette Fisher

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