Who We Are


How to Participate

The Academy of Inventive Literature is a voluntary and informal association of people with literary interests and delighted imaginations. 

Right now, our activities are Poetry Challenges, publishing the Author's Journal of Inventive Literature, and formally exchanging opinion essays about Inventive Literature on this site.

To send an opinion essay (which yields a publishing credit, but no payment) include it in an email to

Type WEB SUBMISSIONS in the subject line.

To submit work to the journal, email and type JOURNAL SUBMISSIONS in the subject line. More information can be found here.

To order copies of the Journal, go to Luster Pear, our new-but-growing secure Wix shop.

To participate in our free Poetry Challenges, visit the Editor's blog.

Why Should



Maybe you, much like us, are tired of the "dark, edgy, ambiguous and disturbing" filter most literature seems to wear.


Like us, you may have heard the ancient call, "Let not your heart be troubled."


Perhaps you, too, are moved and interested by goodness, rather than bored by it.


We go through the world in search of delight.


We find it in the inventions of an uncorrupted imagination, presented in timeless literary forms. 


And though we know that we ourselves may never measure up to our own standards, we have determined that if we cannot be the Galahads of the Perfect Poem, we will at least be the Lancelots of it.


If this call meets with a like disposition in you, we suggest that the effort and time you spend with us will enrich rather than deplete you.


And we're pleased to make your acquaintance.