Please send submissions of Inventive Literature to the Author's Journal of Inventive Literature. Use the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 may be placed in the body of the email (at the bottom, after all other material) or in an attachment.
Please send poems, poetically-written essays, and stories (we consider fictional realism to be less inventive than "speculative fiction," and will be less inclined to accept it.) 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 check out the current theme of each issue before sending your work. Additionally, please feel free to send material for a bonus Life of Child section we plan to include in an upcoming book. We are currently accepting submissions for the following:
Issue III: The Life of Books
Issue IV: The Life of Integrity
Issue V (Christmas 2019): 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 email@example.com. 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. 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 prefer non-published work, especially stories. While we may publish previously-appearing work, we ask that if you own the venue where it appears (your personal blog, social media page, etc.,) you remove it from public access before sending it to us, and that it remain offline for 6 months after publication date. You retain copyright.
We may ask for editing and revision.
We prefer not to publish excerpts from larger works.
Finally, all literature that is published in the journal will be included in a book following the publication of the 5th issue. Writers will continue to receive royalties from the sale of this book, just as from the sale of the issues. Writers may submit additional material for themes that have already been published, if they wish it to be considered for inclusion in the book. Our past themes are:
Issue I: Life of Beasts
Issue II: Life of Trees
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, 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
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.
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