Electric Literature’s mission is to use new media and innovative distribution to return the short story to a place of prominence in popular culture.
We are a quarterly anthology of five top-notch short stories, delivered in every viable medium.
As A.O. Scott wrote recently in the New York Times:
The blog post and the tweet may be ephemeral... but the culture in which they thrive is fed by a craving for more narrative.”
Fiction transports us. It uniquely captures the experience of human consciousness like no other art form, revealing underlying truth and opening us to life’s possibilities. Like any creative act, writing fiction carries within it an implicit belief in the future. Electric Literature was created by people who believe in the future of writing.
We're tired of hearing that literary fiction is doomed. Everywhere we look, people are reading—whether it be paperbooks, eBooks, blogs, tweets, or text messages. So, before we write the epitaph for the literary age, we thought, let’s try it this way first: select stories with a strong voice that capture our readers and lead them somewhere exciting, unexpected, and meaningful. Publish everywhere, every way: paperbacks, Kindles, iPhones, eBooks, and audiobooks. Make it inexpensive and accessible. Streamline it: just five great stories in each issue. Be entertaining without sacrificing depth. In short, create the thing we wish existed.
“Best sign that perhaps the end of the publishing industry as we know it won't be the utter disaster we're all dreading”
–The L Magazine
“A refreshingly bold act of optimism”
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