Invented Languages magazine

Mission Statement

Invented Languages is a magazine about languages that are created by individuals and small groups. Artistic languages, personal languages, engineered languages, and (occasionally) auxiliary languages. The magazine is edited and published by Richard K. "Rick" Harrison who has been involved in this art/craft since 1975.

The purpose of the magazine is to provide an independent medium of comunication in which language creators can read and write articles such as:
• descriptions of particular languages,
• language design techniques,
• reviews of relevant books and other media,
• the artistic, psychological, and neurological motivations of language invention,
• the benefits and side-effects of language creation activities.

Invented Languages exists only in hardcopy form. There will be no PDF files or other electronic versions. The Editor feels strongly that people write more carefully and read more attentively when dealing with a rare hardcopy document than they do when wading through the endless flood of documents available on the internet. The Editor feels that way and the Publisher agrees!

Frequency and Subscriptions

The magazine is still in an early experimental stage of its existence. Subscriptions are not available and it is too early to predict how often it will be published.

Guidelines for Writers

Editors edit; it's what we do.

Invented Languages seeks original, never-before-published articles.

1. If possible, include information that has never been available on the internet.

2. Remember to include the human experience of language creation. How did family, friends, co-workers react to the activity, or did it seem best to keep it private? If there was a debate about using or not using a certain feature, how did the debate feel and how was a decision reached? When and why did the goals or style of the project change? How did having a language change the creator's thoughts and feelings?

3. Some of the readers are not native speakers of English. Use clear non-idiomatic wording as much as possible. Define obscure technical terms in plain language.

4. Discuss your article idea with the Editor before starting to work on it. Your idea might or might not fit in with the Editor's goals, or it might be too similar to something that has recently been published.

Auxlang Articles

On the topic of auxiliary language projects that are currently trying to recruit users, the Editor prefers to write his own profiles of such languages in an effort to provide a non-partisan viewpoint. Articles about deceased auxlangs of the past are welcome if the langs are intrinsically interesting.

How to Transmit Articles

Please type your article neatly, double-spaced on white paper, and mail it to the address shown at the bottom page 1 of each edition. If you prefer to send your article using the newfangled "electronical mail," send it to rick at harrison dot net in RTF or DOC format.

Non-English letters and symbols: To the degree possible, please limit your text to the characters available in the Latin-1 and Latin Extended A character sets. The use of more exotic characters might or might not create technical difficulties for the Editor. Samples of newly invented writing systems will have to be embedded as illustrations.


Graphics for the front covers are needed (1838 pixels wide, 2775 pixels tall, in TIFF, PNG or PICT format). Leave some space in the top quadrant of the image for the magazine's logo. Don't put any important details very close to the edges.

Payment and Rights

I pay for articles used but the payments are not large. (Remember this magazine is published by a single hobbyist.) Payment varies depending on the length and uniqueness of the material. I prefer to buy all rights to the articles (makes it easier for us to produce translations or "best of" compilations in the future) but if you want to negotiate some other arrangement, we can work it out.