io Literary Journal

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
iō Literary Journal aims to embrace all forms of creative writing and artistic expression, even those works that expand the genre beyond conventional interpretations. In doing so, we hope to showcase the spectrum of experience of all people, especially those in underrepresented groups whose voices are silenced in mainstream culture. Founded by three diverse women in 2018, iō Lit is an online and print publication that highlights voices that do not conform to traditional expectations of creativity.

Social Media Platforms Used
Instagram (@io_lit), Twitter (@io_lit), and Facebook (
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Crystal Bonano, Isabelle Cavazos & Laura Flores
Contact Title
Co-Founding Editors
Submissions Policy
iō Literary Journal accepts previously unpublished prose (fiction, nonfiction, essays, etc.), poetry, flash/micro-fiction and -nonfiction, 2-D visual art, and experimental work for both its online and annual print publications. We accept up to one prose piece, three flash/micro pieces, two visual art pieces, and three poems per category for each submission to print publications. Up to three pieces may be submitted to our online publication. Submissions to our print and online publications are open at distinct times of year. All submissions must include a short, third-person bio. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with notice in the bio; all other submissions of the same piece must be formally withdrawn if published in iō. Pieces originally written in languages other than English are accepted with English translations. Accepted print contributors receive payment for each published piece. First Serial Rights are acquired for accepted work for both print and online publications, and Digital Rights are acquired for accepted online publications on iō Lit's website. Upon acceptance, iō Lit retains the right to be the sole publisher of the work for the first year from the initial date of publication. Thereafter, contributors may republish their work, with iō Literary Journal credited as the initial publisher.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Year round
Reporting Time
Year Founded
Average Print Run
100-125 copies per volume
Total Circulation
Number Of Issues Per Year
Total Number Of Issues Published
4 (3 annual, 1 additional themed issue)
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
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