Call for Submissions & Guidelines

Many of us treat language almost as an afterthought. We rarely take the time to reflect on our relationship with words, even though they pervade every second of our lives. We speak in words, write in words, sing in words and think in words, yet language extends far beyond those small tokens of meaning. It encompasses mathematical symbols, music notations, signs, facial expressionsany way we make meaning and communicate our thoughts and ideas.

At Inventio, we are looking for writers who explore the various ways language takes shape, and who experiment with different forms and genres to express these thoughts through words. Show us your relationship with language, your unique power with words that gets your stories and ideas out there, and the words waiting in your hands written down.

Whatever way you connect with the world through words, we encourage you to embrace it, as we will also welcome it.

Inventio is all about language, writing and communication. We publish well-written short stories, non-fiction and poetry that bring new insights to these three themes.

Possible Topics (please view these as prompts, not as constraints):

  • Why You Write
  • Creative Writing and Reality
  • Personal or Public Writing
  • The Writing Process
  • Structure and Form
  • Writing in Different Genres, Disciplines or Industries
  • Writing in Digital Mediums
  • Lexicography
  • Multilingualism, Translation, Code-Switching, and All Your Englishes
  • History of Language, Writing or Communication Technologies

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Submission Guidelines

Before You Submit

Please read the submission guidelines before submitting.

All Submissions:

  • Must pertain to language, writing and/or communication.
  • Must be sent to with “Submission” as the subject.
  • Any piece written for a class assignment must have a final grade prior to submission.
  • Should include full name, email and a two to three sentences long biography.
  • Only Microsoft Word files (.doc or .docx) are accepted.

Short Stories:

  • 4000 max word limit.
  • Must be original, unpublished.
  • Can be any genre, for example:
    • Realism
    • Satire
    • Fantasy
    • Science Fiction


  • 4000 max word limit.
  • Must be original, unpublished.
  • We are looking for insightful, thought-provoking and preferably well-researched works of non-fiction that add something new to the conversation of writing, language, and communication.
  • Pieces should be written in a conversational tone – no academic essays please! We are looking for the middle ground between pompous, jargon-laden academic writing and colloquial storytelling.
  • Include research and proper MLA citation, when applicable.
  • Non-fiction word includes:
    • Personal Essays
    • Research Essays (Don’t simply tell us facts. Show us why you care, and why we should care. Make the research tell a story.)
    • Literary Analyses
    • Speeches
    • Creative Non-Fiction
    • Memoirs, Biographies and Historical Essays
    • Articles (opinion, commentary or investigative)


  • 5 poems max per submission.
  • Must be original, unpublished.
  • We are looking for different voices/experiences/perspectives on writing, language and communication (e.g. your experience with writing, the power of words, understanding others, music or love as a language, etc.).
  • Any length, but each poem has to fit on one page (preferably).
  • Combine all poems into one document and send as one attachment.
  • Must have a title.
  • Use minimal font styles.
  • If you choose to insert images, they have to be taken/created by you.
  • Can be any genre of poetry (traditional/modern):
    • Haiku
    • Sestina
    • Free Verse

After You Submit

  • You will get a confirmation email within 48 hours informing you that your submission has been received. If you don’t receive the email in 48 hours, it means we didn’t receive your email.
  • You will get an email informing you whether your piece is accepted or not within five business days. Because Inventio only publishes high quality pieces pertaining to the journal’s themes, not all submissions are guaranteed to be accepted.
  • All accepted pieces will go through an extensive editing process. Therefore, writers are expected to be open to criticism and to making potential major changes.