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We do not publish previously-published stories, unless they have only appeared online and you are willing to take them down from the venue where they appear for six months after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.
Any writer who submits work on or after June 11th, 2020, agrees to allow the editor to make any changes whatsoever to the text upon purchase of the proceeding rights. The writer will be given the option to publish the story under a pseudonym if he does not like the changes.
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, 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.)
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, 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.
to increase your chances of acceptance,
try participating in one of the
free poetry challenges
at our editor's