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Do writers dream of Electric Literature?

March 26, 2011


No, they probably don’t, but they should.

If you go over to the Electric Literature site and click on the ‘submit’ page then you’ll see that these guys are pretty generous with their cash. $100,000 for each story, with the money exchanged at a specified drop point somewhere in New York [Usually by the docks, at night].

But apart from the cash thing, are these guys any good?

It’s hard to tell. In their latest issue they have five writers who all have regular names. No Russians, no mono-names. What are they trying to achieve here?

‘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.’

Oh. The short story. Good idea. We hope they bring back the novella as well, that’s faded a lot over the years. But what kind of short stories are they looking for exactly?

‘We’re looking for top-notch short stories. No amateur shit. No glamour models picking up a pen for the first time. No actors who have betrayed then reconciled with Spiderman and cut off their own arm.’

Sounds good. But you know, some people are a little sceptical about the impact literature has in the moder-…

‘We’re tired of hearing that literary fiction is doomed.’

Oh right. Yeah, us too. Even though we focus mainly on stories  with surfing Frankensteins and soul-sucking witches. Anyway, if you wanna check out the site and submit something ‘top notch’ then…err…do it. You might get a shit-load of cash out of it.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Gummibear permalink
    March 26, 2011 11:38 am

    I’ve heard of these guys before, they’re a good thing. But you need to fire whoever’s doing your fact-checking because it’s $1,000 a story, not $100,000. Though I wish it were the bigger number.

  2. March 26, 2011 11:39 am

    Yeah, we prefer the bigger number too.

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