About Acad Lit Poetry Challenges

Read about the Academy of Inventive Literature at acadlit.org

Our poetry challenges are moderated by Alana K. Asby, the editor and publisher of the Author’s Journal of Inventive Literature. She’s been running poetry challenges under a different name at her personal blog for several years.

Poems submitted to these challenges will automatically be considered for paid inclusion in the Author’s Journal of Inventive Literature.

The follow text, explaining the nature of Inventive Literature, is taken from the Acad Lit website.

WHAT ARE LITERARY INVENTIONS?

Literary Inventions are the made-up people, situations, objects, and worlds that make a story fictional.

WHAT MAKES LITERARY INVENTIONS GOOD?

Literary Inventions are good when they are interesting. While you read, Literary Inventions are plausible (seem like they could be real within the world of the story.) However, they are actually very different from real life as we experience it. They give us a feeling of having a new experience.

SHOULDN’T FICTION BE AS REALISTIC AS POSSIBLE?

That would be misanthropy.

WHAT IS THE POINT OF LITERARY INVENTIONS?

The point of Literary Inventions is to delight the reader. It is also to make the writer money. Generally, both of those goals are accomplished when the Literary Inventions delight the writer.

WHO INVENTED LITERARY INVENTIONS?

The memory of that blessed soul is lost in the mists of time. However, we know that for the ancient Greeks, Literary Invention made poetry what it was. The word “poet” actually means “maker” – inventor. Both fiction and verse descend from these origins, experienced similarly in many cultures. So we seek poetry full of Literary Invention, and fiction full of poesy. We also seek subject matter and themes worthy of this ancient tradition. 

WHAT MAKES INVENTIONS LITERARY?

Literary Inventions occur within literary fiction and verse. Plenty of fiction is inventive without being literary, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Literary fiction maintains an elegant style and a high tone. Literary fiction traditionally serves people with a certain degree of learning and mental cultivation. Such people frequently need a more intense aesthetic experience (experience of beauty) than genre fiction can provide. Finally, literary fiction traditionally restricts its themes, inventions, and subject matter to those considered fine and noble.

Please write and submit your poems with this philosophy in mind. To put it another way, we are looking more for “fanciful” poetry than for “slice-of-life” poetry.

Thanks for coming around!