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Electric Literature is a non-profit digital publisher committed to examining how literature and storytelling can help illuminate social justice issues and current events.

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The mission of Electric Literature is to expand the influence of literature in popular culture by fostering lively and innovative literary conversations and making exceptional writing accessible to new audiences. Through their website, social media, events, and other special programming and projects, they reach an international audience with free, online content, while paying every contributing writer.

It began as a quarterly journal in 2009 and became a non-profit in 2014. In addition to the essays, criticism, and literary news on this site, you’ll find their acclaimed weekly literary magazines: Recommended Reading, which publishes the short story and novel excerpts with personal recommendations, and The Commuter, the home for flash fiction, poetry, and graphic narrative. Recommended Reading launched in 2012 and will publish its 450th issue on December 30, 2020. 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, and The Best of the Small Presses.

Everything published by Electric Literature is available to readers for free, and as a non-profit, we rely on contributions from those readers to survive. To support our work and our mission, please consider becoming a member or making a one-time contribution. All gifts are tax-deductible. Electric Literature monetizes some book links on our site. If you click on a link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission, which goes towards paying writers. These commissions do not influence what books we feature or how we choose to cover them.

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