OUR PROCESS IS CHANGING
Acad Lit is transitioning
to a co-operative model
while Vulgaris Media is moving
to an apprenticeship model.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU
Submitting work for the Author's Journal of Inventive Literature is now more like an audition than a conventional submissions process. If your work and philosophy line up with ours, and if you show a mastery of your form (or an ability to be guided by a senior editor and make effective changes to your work) you will be accepted into the Acad Lit Co-Op as either a senior or a freshman member, depending on your level of experience and mastery. Senior members are those whose work does not generally need editing, aside from proof-reading. Freshman members are those who do excellent work and respond well to editorial commentary.
Membership in the co-op gives you the right to contribute to each anthology. At least one piece of your work, so long as it abides by the theme and the general guidelines, is automatically accepted for each anthology. Generally, you may publish more than one. Senior members are paid $30 per piece, and freshman members are paid $15 dollars per piece, as an advance on royalties. The terms are the same, as noted in the "terms" section below.
Co-op members also have the right to publish a book of poetry with Acad Lit. We pay a $200 advance on royalties, other terms to be determined. This requires working closely with the editor, both for senior and freshman members, but the expectation is that senior members will need to re-write less. The editor retains the right to reject work on the basis of inappropriateness to the aims of the Academy, and to set anthology themes which members are expected to adhere to.
Submitting work for Vulgaris Media (including books except poetry books, periodicals AGE OF GOLD and MOCKINGBIRD, co-writing projects, and so forth) involves participating in a for-profit concern. The goal is to make money both for Vulgaris Media (which supports Acad Lit) and you, the writer. Accordingly, we plan to work closely with writers to produce stories that are commercially viable for a conservative/traditional audience; and thus the submission process varies.
Please note that Vulgaris Media publishes writing exclusively for a conservative and/or traditional readership. While we want to be entertaining, there will be close constraints on content and style to match this mission.
I. Novel-writing apprenticeship
In this format, you choose a project to "try out" for, submitting work to show you can match the writing style of a sample chapter. If you are chosen to write the project, you will work with a senior writer who will provide you with plot, setting, characters, and chapter synopses. You will provide the first draft, your senior writer will write the second draft, and you will polish together. You will pay a $100 deposit to join the project, but this money will be refunded when you finish. Additionally, you will receive a $200 advance on royalties, rate to be determined. You will be billed as a co-author of the book. The book will be pre-accepted, meaning publication is guaranteed so long as the terms of the apprenticeship agreement are met.
II. Virtual Television
In this format, writers will collaborate to create episodic, and very visually oriented written stories, in very simple language. These will be released on Patreon, with Vulgaris Media taking half the proceeds, and the remaining half being distributed between the writers on an episode-by-episode basis. The goal is to build a following, and to feed readers and writers into the other operations of our concern.
When you submit work to AGE OF GOLD (our upcoming nostalgic adventure-story mag) or MOCKINGBIRD (our upcoming humor publication) you understand we are purchasing more complete rights than you would normally sell in contemporary mags. We are purchasing most ordinary rights to the story, including copyright, the right to create our own sequels, and the right to edit at will. What you retain: 1) the right to 35% royalties for the original story forever, no matter how much we change it; 2) The right to 10% royalties on any other uses made of the story and its content, such as a movie deal, a foreign-language translation, an adaption, or a sequel using a predominance of the same characters, situations, and settings. Where there's a question about whether you have a right to royalties in a situation, we will err on your side, not ours.
SUBMISSIONS TO THE AJIL
Please send submissions of Inventive Literature to the Author's Journal of Inventive Literature. Use the email address: email@example.com. The subject line should read JOURNAL SUBMISSIONS.
As long as the email is neatly and legibly presented, we are mostly not concerned about the format of the submission. The actual literature is best submitted in an attachment.
Please send poems, poetically-written essays, and stories. Please don't send narrative essays. Poetic Essays are more or less the same thing as prose poems: poetic writing formatted like prose rather than broken into lines.
Please send work according to one of the following themes, and be aware that publication will likely be delayed for quite a while due to internal issues at Acad Lit.
Issue I: The Life of Trees
Issue II: The Life of Beasts
Issue III: The Life of Books
Issue IV: The Life of Integrity
Issue V (Christmas 2020): The Life of Children
Please do not submit discursive nonfiction to the Journal. If you want to air an opinion, share an observation or some research, or lay out a thought experiment or bit of reasoning about inventive literature, please submit a 100 to 10,000 word essay to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line should read WEB SUBMISSIONS. Do understand that in so doing, you are giving us permission to publish your essay on the Discourse page of this website, and that others will be able to respond to it. We do not pay for discursive essays; they are a form of membership participation. However, you will be given attribution prominently displayed on the website. Discursive essays are judged on clarity of expression, coherence of argument, and depth of insight. Good style never hurts.
For inventive literature published in the Journal, we pay one author's copy of the print Journal, and $10 - $15 US. Occasionally, if an author submits good work that doesn't quite fit our needs, we will commission a work. This pays $30. The initial payment will be considered an advance on royalties. Once it is earned out, contributors will begin earning royalties as the issues sell.
We only accept English language literature.
We do not charge a reading fee.
We do not publish previously-published stories, unless they have only appeared online and you are willing to take them down from the venue where they appear for six months after publication date. We may sometimes publish a previously-published poem, but only if the publication where it appeared has a small circulation.
We may ask for editing and revision, and provide direction. If you cannot accept that direction, publication will be impossible.
We do not publish excerpts from larger works.
Rights are as follows. Please note that by submitting work, you are agreeing to these terms.
I. For previously unpublished literary work
A. You must own the copyright to your submissions
B. We acquire 6 months exclusive print and electronic rights, worldwide, from the day of issue publication
C. We retain perpetual non-exclusive print and electronic rights in English thereafter
D. Payment is an initial $15 advance on royalties for the general public or for freshman members of the co-op, or $30 for senior members. Royalties are calculated by dividing half the profit from sales of each specific issue between all contributors for that issue. Editors who have worked on the issue in question, or who were doing work for the Academy while that issue was in preparation, equally divide half of what remains. The remainder belongs to the Academy for growth of the Journal and other activities. For writers, profit is divided proportionally by word count (1st issue, Life of Beasts) or by number of contributions (subsequent issues, according to revised policy.)
E. Copyright always belongs to the author.
II. For previously published literary work (poetry only)
A. You must own the copyright to your submissions
B. We acquire perpetual non-exclusive print and electronic rights in English.
C. Payment is an initial $10 advance on royalties, ($20 for senior members) and royalties are calculated by dividing half the profit from sales of each specific issue between all contributors for that issue. Editors who have worked on the issue in question, or who were doing work for the Academy while that issue was in preparation, equally divide half of what remains. The remainder belongs to the Academy for growth of the Journal and other activities. For writers, profit is divided proportionally by word count (1st issue, Life of Beasts) or by number of contributions (subsequent issues, according to revised policy.)
D. Copyright always belongs to the author.
We no longer accept artwork for the journal, but we are looking for highly skilled artists to help with graphic design for the website and for book and anthology covers.
to increase your chances of acceptance,
try participating in one of the
free poetry challenges
at our editor's