Independent literary publisher Electric Literature (est. 2009) has opened a brief reading period to review personal, humorous, and critical essays that muse on the world of reading, writing, literature, and storytelling in all its manifestations.
The editors especially want to receive narratives that explore the intersection of the literary world and other creative fields: film, fine art, music, video games, architecture, and so on.
According to the guidelines, “Critical essays may cover a variety of topics: the history of our obsession with a novel’s first sentence; the spatial poetics of Nintendo; what women can learn from reading sexist male writers.”
Word length: 1500-5K words per essay.
Token payment: $50 per essay. (Previous rate in 2016 was $40.)
Deadline: May 1, 2017. Follow the submission process here.
The mission of Electric Literature is to ensure that literature plays a significant part in popular culture. The publisher also publishes a weekly fiction magazine called, Recommended Reading.