Submission Guidelines

Inventio publishes three times each academic year: April 25, August 25, and November 25. 

Please read the submission guidelines carefully; your submission may be overlooked if you do not provide all the documents necessary. 

We accept submissions from all current undergraduate students, regardless of program, faculty, year, or school.

We do not accept any content that has been AI generated. 

fiction

  • 3,500 max word limit.
  • Must be original, unpublished.
    • Exclusive rights will be retained by Inventio up to two years after publication date (authors may not publish this piece anywhere else for two years); see the IPC 
  • Can be any sub-genre.
  • Videos (no more than 30 seconds long) can be embedded into any fiction piece. 

non-fiction

  • 3,500 max word limit.
  • Must be original, unpublished.
    • Exclusive rights will be retained by Inventio up to two years after publication date (authors may not publish this piece anywhere else for two years); see the IPC
  • Inventio is  looking for insightful and thought-provoking works of non-fiction 
  • Academic essays will not be accepted. 
  • Non-fiction work includes:
    • Personal Reflective Essays 
    • Literary Analyses 
    • Creative Non-Fiction
    • Articles (perspective, opinion, or commentary)

poetry

  • 5 poems max per submission.
  • Must be original, unpublished.
    • Exclusive rights will be retained by Inventio up to two years after publication date (authors may not publish this piece anywhere else for two years); see the IPC 
  • Combine all poems into one document and send as one file.
  • Can be any genre of poetry. 

all submissions

  • Submit your piece using the Submission Form using the Submit button at the bottom of the page.
  • Any piece written for a class assignment must have a grade prior to submission. A signed note from your professor needs to be submitted with the piece confirming your letter grade of B+ (75%) or above. 
  • Should include full name, email, and a maximum 50-word biography.
  • Only Microsoft Word and Google Doc files are accepted. Images must be PNG files. If submitting an MP4 or MP3 file, a transcript must be provided.
  • Submissions must be accompanied by a concept image that represents the theme of your piece. Make sure it is useable in the public domain or taken/created by you.
    • If you choose to have additional images in your piece, they must also be in the public domain or taken/created by you.
  • Provide a document with links to all sources used in your piece.

Before you submit, double check that you have submitted a minimum of five files 

  1. Submission
  2. Signed Inventio Publication Contract (IPC)
  3. 50-word author bio 
  4. Submission picture 
  5. List of sources for submission-related picture (Include Works Cited page, if applicable)

 

Additional Documentation if applicable—max of eight files 

  1. Signed Grade Validation Form
  2. Video file (if applicable)
  3. Audio file (if applicable)

after you submit

You will be notified if your piece has been accepted for publication ten days from the submission date.

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