Call For Submissions
(Content Topics: Literature and Art, Philosophy, Psychology, Science and Tech, Society and Culture, Consciousness and Spirituality)
We aim for:
- A literary and artistic slant and style.
- Exploration of deeper philosophical and metaphysical themes and big questions and concerns of humanity, civilization and consciousness, spirituality, science, society, culture, art, etc.
- An organized community that can regularly produce shareable content.
The following is a brief guide to help writers understand what we are looking for.
We like to see literary flare similar to journals and magazines like A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Rain Taxi, MacroMicroCosm, Literary Hub and Electric Literature, with concerns similar to Collective Evolution, The Mind Unleashed and others, though we also wish to break boundaries and welcome experimental content. We will be presenting a wide range of articles that addresses major human concerns and issues ranging from philosophy, psychology, consciousness, science, spirituality, society, politics, technology, etc. from a more personal and opinionated point of view. Our goal is not to present a topic as an authoritative figure. Instead, every writer will have his/her own unique intimate take, character and voice, and encourage multiple angles of understanding a topic. A few things to keep in mind:
- Does your piece have literary aspects to it, i.e. does it have a unique flow, voice, humour, poetics, symbolism, etc. or is it just a list of facts and ideas?
- Is your article engaging? Does it open the mind, convey a certain message, provoke reader interpretations and entertain?
- Be original: has this been said before in the same way? Is this line a pre-packaged description, phrase or expression you unintentionally put down?
- Have you lost your audience? While we will be writing about topics that may be hard for people to comprehend, we want to be as realistic and concise as possible without losing our style. There’s a difference between literary non-fiction and literary fiction. Know the difference, submit accordingly and save the obscurity, surrealism, avant-garde for our creative section.
Length may vary depending upon the subject, but a good rule of thumb for the average article is up to 500 words with longer articles sometimes reaching 2000 words. A few things to keep in mind:
- Compression. Compression. Compression. As creative writers we often have a tendency to be long-winded when writing, but constantly ask yourself if this word, sentence, paragraph, etc. is necessary.
- How much is needed for your article? Are you writing an in depth essay with multiple layers that requires a lot of time and effort, say a creative non-fiction experiential piece or are you just writing a stylistic article that acts as an informative introduction to a topic?
While we will be writing from a more stylistic and personal point of view, we are striving to inspire and educate people and make them think for themselves. We won’t act as an authoritative or scholarly source, but we will be responsible writers who are knowledgeable, experienced and do their homework, even when writing our opinions.
- Do you have substantial evidence and research to back up your claims and opinions?
- Regardless of how subjective the piece is, does your writing style and voice come across reliable, or perhaps, reliable for the reader as in being aware of its own unreliability?
Essays & Mixed Genre
Reviews & Criticism
We define articles and essays differently, as the line between these two categories may often seem hazy. Essentially, an article will be shorter and more topic-focused with a journalistic, informative approach where the primary goal is to deliver a quick objective message. It will be less opinionated and fact-based, for example a description and update on recent events or providing writing tips or a discussion of new relevant technology. Though all our pieces should have literary elements, but they may often take a backseat to the information.
This is our category for creative non-fiction, described as creative essays and mixed-genre. They can stand alone as an artistic piece, with a stronger stylistic writing voice and personal, intimate outlooks, often times presenting one side of an argument or issue, or on the other hand presenting a real-life non-fiction experience. They may be personal narratives, persuasive essays, philosophical rants, social commentary, memoir, creative literary nonfiction, etc. While the essay end of the spectrum may remain critical, analytical and argumentative, creative mixed genre pieces have an artistic focus and thought-provoking ambiguity allowing reader’s personal interpretation or response. Additionally, they potentially blur the line between fiction and reality; however, in these, the focus is not the imagined but is a reinterpretation of the real. Regardless, the goal is to reflect the depths of a writer’s consciousness and perception and understanding, using literary technique, metaphysical themes, narration, description, symbols, allusions, emotion, memory, the passage of time, etc. Essays and Mixed Genre pieces will often jump from one idea or element to another, somehow binding various thoughts together, and may use wide research and references. Ask yourself if you are trying to convey an original message or experience that may not necessarily be the same for someone else or be discoverable from the source event/subject/material.
In addition to writing articles and essays, we will be accepting literary reviews and criticism. Our primary intent will be towards literature–books, short stories, poetry, etc. As we gain momentum, we will expand into other areas such as reviews of music, movies, theories, etc. that have strong literary elements that deal with our topics of interest. Depending upon the style, the review/criticism in question may choose to range between creative essay or informative article. It’s better to include small excerpts, quotes, etc. from the source, though keep them limited. As our focus is on the poetics and metaphysical, our reviews/criticism will mostly deviate from writing about plot, characters, etc. Though of course these can be mentioned and written about in passing.
We will regularly conduct interviews with authors/people of interest. Some of these might be with those already established in some way with Inspiritus, but we welcome any similarly minded talent. If you are doing something that might resonate with us and have a story to tell, we are interested. Though our current priority will remain within the literary industry, artists, musicians, alternative health practitioners, philosophers, scientists and technologists and so on, will also be included later. Interviewers should deeply reflect and understand the consciousness of interviewee and their work. Be sure to mix in light-hearted questions and be friendly, entertaining and pleasant in your interviews. If you choose to preface the interview with an introduction, keep it brief and compress most of your writer’s flair–the purpose of the piece is the interview and the interviewee, not your own writing skill. For a good rule of thumb, have a good ten questions or so in mind that you can begin with, but don’t be restricted to just those initial questions. The best interviews are natural and act more as a conversation with a back and forth.
We look for literary writing in the form of flash fiction, short stories and excerpts of novels/novelettes, though it may be open to interpretation in terms of what piece will fit where. Though our literary magazine is meant to showcase a wider range of work, do get to know us and read in depth about our philosophies and our publishing focus here. In general, we look for exploration beyond the surface level of writing and explore deeper themes of human consciousness and the universe. Is the writing less structured on plot, characters, setting and more on the literary themes, symbols, subconscious nuances, atmosphere, etc? Does it actively seek to break constructs in some way, shape or form, criticize the established norm/system, bring spiritual/philosophical awareness, etc? Lastly, as a more practical guideline, be wary of length when submitting. While there’s nothing wrong with a short story that reaches 5,000+ words, we may have difficulty including it in the magazine/main site due to space constraints. As a rule of thumb, try to keep most submissions between 500-2000 words.
In terms of poetry, we are looking for the same themes and concerns as always. But consider if the poem in question can stand on its own as an art piece? A lot of poetry may only make sense in a bigger context, say a collection of poetry and with a storyline. Is your poem compressed as much as it can be? Poetry act as sudden bursts of subconscious energy and spontaneous, but every skilled poet will be a master of compression and making each line precise, intense, passionate, powerful. It is the language of the soul and should stimulate the mind and experience with the sublime. Of course, this is a subjective taste that may depend upon the reader, but as a rule of thumb always compress any piece as much as you can. While we will still publish more traditional poetry, we are an experimental publishing house whether in language, formatting, ideas, etc, and experimenting is highly encouraged.
It is hard to pin down what experimental means precisely because it is, afterall, experimental. Most likely, it would be something that can’t fit perfectly within fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction. Some examples may include (but are far from being limited to), cell phone novels, streams of consciousness, mixed media art and literary mash ups, collage mosaic pieces made entirely from fragments of other material, i.e. creating a short story made out of quotes, movie dialogue, etc. These may just be a few examples, but are far from being strict guidelines. Being that we seek to experiment, if you have a piece that you believe is experimental in some way then we would love to have a look. However, do ask yourself if you are trying too hard to create something experimental? While it’s good to experiment and try to breakthrough the usual, there can be a thin line between genius and desperation. Furthermore, is what you’re writing essentially a poem with very weird formatting or is it truly something new? Is it too obscure and cryptic or too inaccessibly self-contained? What is its purpose? The piece needs to have some sort of purpose, even if just to trigger abstract thought. For instance, Dada art came about mostly as an instinctive response and rebellion against the system, war and humanity.
Science and Tech
Society and Culture
Consciousness and Spirituality
Literature and Art
These are the topics that the majority of our writing will be themed. Pieces will be labeled with the appropriate corresponding tags.
Successful submissions to our magazine will first be published online and quarterly or semi-annually, pieces will be selected to be published in print literary journal form along with original submissions of artwork, photography and more. Pieces are chosen by Inspiritus staff members, contributing artists in the community, and by critical acclaim and popularity. Thus, we encourage our writers to share about their work.
Feel free to query us about your piece and submit your vision.