Call for Submissions: Riddles, Fan-Fic, and More

It is still slow going on the new website for The Academy of Inventive Literature. However, I am beginning to put the next issue together and I want to send out a call for submissions.

The theme is Life Of Books and I am looking for some special works of poetry and other creative items (we already have the stories we need for this issue.)

Firstly, in celebration of the ways literature is better when writers plagiarize, I’m asking for some works of thinly disguised fan-fiction, as well as some not-at-all disguised referential works. Examples would be a poem about “Larry Blotter” or a poem about J. R. R. Tolkien which refers to his characters in commentary, but not as if you were continuing Tolkien’s own work.

Stay within copyright laws, please, but do so in letter only, and not in spirit. This is meant to be a light-hearted celebration of the experience of being within the community of readers and writers.

Secondly, I’m looking for riddles. This is an extremely creative and very challenging genre.

Here’s an example. It’s a riddle my son made for me today in the car on the way to the chiropractor’s.

I move without effort of my own;
I shed every day;
I am tall as a hill;
I am vulnerable as a stray.

What am I?

Ian would love to receive your answers in the comments section.

Meanwhile, to submit work to the Journal of Inventive Literature, please email your submissions to

Those whom I’ve already published, please feel free to submit again. I want to develop a “stable” of authors and give my readers a sense of familiarity, in the full sense of the word, with the authors they read. I also want to help those who whose literary gifts may not be recognized by the literary establishment, so send your work even if you are new.


    • In a small way. I own, edit, and publish a little homespun literary journal called The Author’s Journal of Inventive Literature. You can check it out a bit at, although that mostly involves following a link to a free Wix site at this point. Technical woes.

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