What are the AJIL's

Literary Criteria?

Inventions: should be original, interesting, and archetypal.


Convention: your writing can be surprising, but it should not be "experimental."


Craft: avoid mundane contemporary speech


Poetic Diction, Figures and Techniques:

 Use these in your poetry,

and of course in your poetic essays, please!


Noble Affect: the emotional flavor of the piece should be fine, noble, high-minded and morally sound.


Beauty: your writing should create an aesthetic effect

on the reader's mind.



The Author's Journal

of Inventive Literature


Editor and Publisher
Alana K. Asby