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IO Lit's first print volume aims to publish all forms of creative writing and artistic expression from those of all walks of life.
IO Lit's first print volume aims to publish all forms of creative writing and artistic expression from those of all walks of life.
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Six women of color came together in 2018 to develop IO Literary Journal (IO Lit), a literary journal that intends to publish all forms of creative writing and artistic expression, including works that exceed conventional interpretations. IO Lit aims to showcase the experiences of all people, especially those in underrepresented groups whose voices are silenced in mainstream culture. 

 

IO Lit's first volume (and those thereafter) will be available in print. As a burgeoning literary journal, IO is raising funds to set off start-up costs such as printing and fulfillment. Your supplemental contribution will help us make the inaugural volume of IO the best it can be. Our anticipated costs include:

  • Book layout & design
  • Printing of Volume 1
  • Initial shipment of Volume 1
  • Shipment to contributors, subscribers, and readers
  • Creation & shipment of reward items

Below is a tentative timeline of our editing & publishing process:

Limited Edition Holographic Decal
Limited Edition Holographic Decal
Volume 1 cover art created by Mia Hollenback
Volume 1 cover art created by Mia Hollenback
"Cracked But Not Broken" - Vol. 1 Limited Edition cover art created by Sultonah Scott!
"Cracked But Not Broken" - Vol. 1 Limited Edition cover art created by Sultonah Scott!

Risks and challenges

Unlike other literary journals, IO does not have the backing of a university or other financial entity to provide us with the budget we need to keep us going. That being said, the freedom we retain by being our own bosses, we feel, is liberating and worth it.

Our biggest concern is sufficient funding. A lot of the costs associated with running a journal come from our own pockets, with your contributions playing a big role in keeping us running! The amount we raise will affect the size of the first volume, the creative aspects we want to implement, how many copies we can print, and the overall quality of the end product.

The biggest setback we may have will be delays in the reviewing process, production & design phase, or shipping. We hope to stick to the timeline we have set. Most of the editors are, or are soon to be, full-time graduate students. We also all work (some of us multiple jobs!) and we have some awesome moms in the mix, too. We are diverse and representative of many of our writers and artists, but that also means we are super busy.

We appreciate your support and patience during the next few months as we start working on putting the inaugural volume of IO together. We'll update you with any timeline changes and will ask your opinion on important creative aspects in the future!

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    Sneak Peak Excerpt

    Receive an electronic sneak peak excerpt of an upcoming written submission to be published in IO Literary Journal's inaugural volume!

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    Sneak Peak + Thank You Card + Shoutout

    Receive an electronic sneak peak excerpt of an upcoming written submission to be published in IO Literary Journal's inaugural volume, a hand-written thank you card from an IO Lit editor, and a social media shoutout on our Facebook and/or Instagram pages!

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    • Electronic sneak peak of written submission in IO Vol. 1
    • Hand-written thank you card
    • Social media shoutout
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    IO Lit Volume 1 + Bookmark

    Receive a print copy of IO Literary Journal's upcoming inaugural volume and an IO Lit bookmark (perhaps for your journal)!

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    • Print copy of IO Literary Journal Vol. 1
    • IO Lit bookmark
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    IO Lit Vol 1 Limited Edition + Bookmark

    Receive a print copy of IO Literary Journal's upcoming inaugural volume with a LIMITED EDITION cover and an IO Lit bookmark (perhaps for your journal)!

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    • Print copy of IO Literary Journal Vol. 1
    • IO Lit bookmark
    • Limited edition cover
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    Volume 1 + Special Thanks + Bookmarks

    Receive a print copy of IO Literary Journal's upcoming inaugural volume, have your name recognized in the "Special Thanks" section of this volume, and get two IO Lit bookmarks!

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    • Print copy of IO Literary Journal Vol. 1
    • Your name in the "Special Thanks" section of Vol. 1
    • 2 IO Lit bookmarks
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    Volume 1 + Limited Holographic Decal

    Receive a print copy of IO Literary Journal's upcoming inaugural volume, have your name recognized in the "Special Thanks" section of this volume, and a limited edition holographic IOLIT decal!

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    • Print copy of IO Literary Journal Vol. 1
    • Your name in the "Special Thanks" section of Vol. 1
    • Limited edition holographic IOLIT decal
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    IO Lit Volume 1 & 2 + Special Thanks

    Receive a print copy of IO Literary Journal's upcoming inaugural volume and a subscription for Volume 2! You will also receive recognition in the "Special Thanks" section of Volume 1.

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    • Print copy of IO Literary Journal Vol. 1
    • Subscription to Volume 2
    • Your name in the "Special Thanks" section of Vol. 1
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    Vol. 1 & 2 + Special Thanks + Extra

    Receive a print copy of IO Literary Journal's upcoming inaugural volume, a subscription for Volume 2, recognition in the "Special Thanks" section of Volume 1, AND your choice of 5 IO Lit bookmarks or 5 original photography postcards.

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    • Print copy of IO Literary Journal Vol. 1
    • Subscription to Volume 2
    • Your name in the "Special Thanks" section of Vol. 1
    • 5 IO Lit bookmarks OR 5 original photography postcards
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    3 Volumes + Special Thanks + MORE!

    Receive a 3-volume subscription to print copies of IO Literary Journal, including our upcoming inaugural volume. For the inaugural edition, you have your pick between 2 unique covers! You will also receive recognition in the "Special Thanks" section of Volume 1, receive 2 bookmarks, AND an individualized art, photography, or haiku print sent to your mailbox for a year.

    Includes:
    • Subscription to IO Lit Vol. 1-3
    • Choice of volume 1 cover
    • 2 IO Lit bookmarks
    • Your name in the "Special Thanks" section of Vol. 1
    • 12 individualized art, photography, or haiku prints
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    3 Volumes + All-Inclusive Package

    Receive a 3-volume subscription to print volumes of IO Literary Journal, including our upcoming inaugural volume (with a choice between 2 covers!); recognition in the "Special Thanks" section of Volume 1; 5 IO Lit bookmarks; 5 original photography postcards; AND an individualized art, photography, or haiku print sent to your mailbox for a year.

    Includes:
    • Subscription to IO Lit Vol. 1-3
    • Choice of volume 1 cover
    • Your name in the "Special Thanks" section of Vol. 1
    • 5 IO Lit bookmarks
    • 5 original photography postcards
    • 12 individualized art, photography, or haiku prints
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