What is the Editor

of the AJIL

looking for right now?

Hello! My name is Alana K. Asby, and I'm the Editor of the Author's Journal of Inventive Literature. I've written much of the material on this website. A lot of it is pretty theoretical, so I've entered this page to succinctly let writers know what to send right now.

As of 6/24/20, I'm finishing up the design of the third issue, Life of Books. I have all the material I need.

I'm about halfway through putting together Life of Integrity. This theme could have a lot of interpretations.


  • I have a story about a person whose mental integrity is broken down through being experimented on, and his unusual cure.

  • I have a story that touches on the disintegration of The British Empire, and the world's loss of the type of man who helped run it.

  • I would like to see some more formal/musical poems on the subject of integrity. Around 5 would be great. The field is wide open. Please send me musical and formal poetry, as explained elsewhere on this website.


Note that the word 'integrity' means "wholeness," and though it often applies to moral wholeness, it can also mean a lot of other kinds, including the soundness of physical structures!

The final issue of the Journal as planned is the Christmas Issue, "Life of Children." This will have something of a pro-life theme, since the winners of our Homeschool Pro-Life Writing Contest will be published in this issue. However, anything related to children is wide open.

  • For this issue, I have a story about a classroom of children with a tiny witch in their midst, and several poems reflecting a writer's memories of growing up in India.

  • I also have a story about a family who builds their own swimming pool, only to see it become a point of contention between the youngest and the eldest.

I need around 5,000 more words in the story section and 8 to 10 more poems. Poetic prose, creative sketches, and essays are always welcome as well; this category is chronically under-submitted.

Also please note, there is a contest running for the Life of Children Issue; you could win a cash prize.

Do look through the FAQ's section on the Submissions page.

After the Christmas Issue, the AJIL will transition to a Slow Literature Mini-Issue format.

Thank you!

Alana K. Asby


The Author's Journal

of Inventive Literature


Editor and Publisher
Alana K. Asby