Submission Guidelines

  • All submissions should be doc or docx files, double spaced, 12pt, and in either Times New Roman, Arial, Verdana, or Georgia font. Experimental pieces can be flexible regarding font and size. 
  • If submitting multiple pieces under the same category at once, make sure to submit all files as separate documents.
  • All submissions must include a short 3rd person bio.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Indicate this in the bio section. All other submissions MUST be formally withdrawn if you decide to publish with us.
  • We do not accept previously published work.
  • Authors may submit to any and all categories at once, but cannot submit more than allowed for any one category (i.e. limited to 5 pieces of poetry). 
  • Page or word count limit applies to a single piece.
  • Works in other languages are welcomed. Author MUST provide an English translation.
  • Expect to hear back from us within a couple of months after the submission period closes.

Please see each individual form for instructions on submitting to specific genres. You can submit all your pieces for a category at the same time and be charged the submission fee once. If you choose not to do this, you'll be charged the submission fee again the next time you submit.

Note: We do NOT accept print and online submissions at the same time. When print submissions are open, online submissions are closed and vice versa.

Author's Rights

iō Literary Journal acquires First Serial Rights for accepted work(s) for print publications. Upon acceptance(s) of publication in print, iō Literary Journal retains the right to be the sole publisher of the work(s) for the first year from the initial date of publication. Thereafter, contributors may republish their work(s), with iō Literary Journal credited as the initial publisher. iō Literary Journal retains the right to re-publish work(s) designated for print publication in an anthology.

iō Literary Journal acquires Digital Rights for accepted work(s) for its online publication, Refractions, that is posted on iō Literary Journal’s website on the Internet. Accepted work(s) will remain published on iō Literary Journal’s website indefinitely, until iō Literary Journal decides to remove it/them. 

The contributor confirms that the work(s) submitted for print and online is/are their own, the contributor owns the copyright(s), the work(s) are not in violation or infringement of any existing copyright(s) or license(s), and the work(s) submitted have not been previously published elsewhere. 

iō Literary Journal does not currently pay contributors for their work(s) published in print or online publications. Contributors will retain final say prior to print or online publication in the event that iō Literary Journal suggests modifications and/or copy edits. In the event such modifications and/or copy edits are declined by the contributor, iō Literary Journal reserves the right to decline publication(s) and withdraw its acceptance of work(s). 

Author’s rights are subject to change at any time. Amended author’s rights shall be made effective once posted online at www.ioliteraryjournal.com.

General Terms and Conditions

By submitting to iō Literary Journal, you agree to our terms and conditions. View our full terms and conditions.

Refractions is our online publication. Online submissions have the added capability of being visually and technologically dynamic. Check here for what we accept and length specifications. You may submit no more than 3 pieces total for any yearly theme. 

Theme: Home

Consider the following questions:

Where or what is home to you? Is home a place? It is with someone? Is it a state of mind? What does it mean for you to be home? How does your sense of home differ from those around you? How do we create a unified sense of home with those closest to us? Do you have more than one home? What makes each home unique?

We are looking for engaging written and visual work that shows us your sense of home.

Refractions is our online publication. Online submissions have the added capability of being visually and technologically dynamic. Check here for what we accept and length specifications. You may submit no more than 3 pieces total for any yearly theme.
 

Theme: Change
Consider the following questions:

What does change look and feel like? What is your opinion on change right now? Do you embrace change? Do you feel change is necessary? What big or small changes have impacted you recently? What was the most significant change you ever made? How about the people around you, have they made significant changes recently? How about a lack of change: What hasn't changed and why? Are you unwilling to change? If so, what are you unwilling to change and how come? How do change and time relate to one another?

We are looking for thoughtfully written and visual work that reflect on change.

Refractions is our online publication. Online submissions have the added capability of being visually and technologically dynamic. Check here for what we accept and length specifications. You may submit no more than 3 pieces total for any yearly theme.

Theme: Fun
Consider the following questions:

How do you have fun? What activities bring you the most joy? Is it a variety of activities or is there one activity that tops all others? Do you have fun on your own or with certain people? Is there something you used to do for fun, but no longer do? Why don't you? Is there something you've always wanted to do for fun, but haven't yet? If so, what is it and why haven't you? Is having fun an important part of your life? Explain.

We are looking for creative written and visual work that make us want to have fun.

We are looking for original visual art and photography that embody the origins of our name as well as our mission of diversity and inclusivity. This work would be showcased on our website and social media. You can learn about us here.

The work you submit should clearly relate to iō. Random art submissions WILL NOT be considered. 

You may submit up to 5 visuals.


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