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Recommended Reading (Electric Literature)

Literary Magazine



Recommended Reading is your ultimate source for the best in contemporary fiction, including short stories and novel excerpts from today’s most dynamic voices.


  • Vibe:Top-tier stuff. Not Paris Review, but ok
  • Response time:
    6 to 8 months*
    Editor reported data
    93 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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Pays$300 per piece

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

    Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    From the editors


    What's that?

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

Fiction - 10000 words max

Max words: 2000

Max words: 10000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary

Payment: $ 300 per piece

Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please notify us immediately if a piece is accepted elsewhere. Work previously published in any form cannot be considered. During the general submissions periods, writers may submit one piece per period. (This does not apply to members who can submit year-round.) Writers with a submission pending with The Commuter can still submit to Recommended Reading. Please do not submit a story already previously rejected by Electric Literature, even if the story has been revised (unless you've been invited to do so by an EL editor).

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    No cover letter advice

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Please submit a single document in .doc, .docx, or PDF.

  • Author's rights

    Upon acceptance, we can offer authors $300 for publishing rights, with 90-day exclusivity.

  • Additional info

    Members of Electric Literature can submit year round. During open submission periods, one piece may be submitted per writer. Work published by Electric Literature and our literary magazines has been recognized by Best American Short Stories, Essays, Poetry, and Comics, the Pushcart Prize, Best Canadian Short Stories, The Best of the Small Presses, and the O. Henry Prize.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

93 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

17 days

Fastest response time

257 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 904 days

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Submission calls

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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 Halimah Marcus avatar

    Halimah Marcus


    Editor Wynter Miller avatar

    Wynter Miller

    Managing Editor

    Editor Preety Sidhu avatar

    Preety Sidhu

    Associate Editor