How to submit a constructed script to Omniglot
If you have invented a new alphabet or other writing system
and would like me to add it to this site, first send me a sample
text and a bit of information about your script. If your alphabet
looks good and really appeals to me, I will consider adding it
Please note: only conlangs written with interesting and
attractive invented scripts will be considered for inclusion on this site.
I will consider adding alphabets adapted for languages not normally
written with them, e.g. English in the Arabic script, or Mandarin in
the Korean script. See: Adaptations of existing
alphabets for natural languages.
The address to write to is:
If I like your sample text, please send me the following:
Alphabet name - the name of your alphabet in the alphabet
Background blurb - why you invented the alphabet, which language(s)
it can be used to write, how it works, what you modelled it on, etc. Please write
this in the third person, i.e. "the Blah alphabet was invented by Joe Bloggs ...",
rather than, "I invented the Blah alphabet ...".
Notable features - the type of writing system (eg alphabet,
syllabary, abjad), the direction of right, the language(s) that can be written
with, and any other interesting features.
Alphabet chart - an illustration of the alphabet showing
the letters, their names (if they have them) and the sounds they represent -
ideally using the IPA. Here's
an online IPA keyboard. You could use this alphabet chart
template for this, if you want.
Sample text - ideally article 1 of
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but other samples are fine.
- a font for your alphabet (if you have one)
- any other information you think relevant
Please provide any notes related to your script in text format,
not as part of images. Typing the notes and sending them by email is the best
way to do this.
Please save images in GIF format (maximum width 600px) and
try to make to file size as small as possible. JPGs are also acceptable but GIFs are better
for images with few colours. If you don't have a graphics program on your computer
you could an online graphics program, and you can use this
online image optimizer to reduce the
file size of images.
If you're unable to create images using a graphics program, you can write out your
script by hand, then scan it or take a digital photo of it. I suggest you adapt one of
the templates in this Excel spreadsheet: Alphabet chart
template (Excel, 22K). Please try to write neatly.
Please note: I don't add every alphabet I receive to this site
- only the ones that really appeal to me. If I decide not to add your alphabet
please don't be downhearted. I encourage you to think creatively about the shapes
of letters and other symbols, the ways they fit together, the sounds they represent
and the overall look of your script, as well as the way it's presented.
Ask yourself whether you'd be happy to have your alphabet and/or texts
in it on your wall. Perhaps you could do this to see how it looks, or even
it put it up on a public notice board and watch how people react to it.
The less work I have to do to add your script on my site, the more
likely I'll do so.
You can also submit your alphabets to:
Other sites featuring constructed scripts
Some advice on creating alphabets
Free online image and photo editors
Free and shareware image editing software
Tutorials on creating images for the web
Software for creating/editing fonts
Fontstruct - free, easy to use, online font creation tool
Font Image Generator - turn your handwriting in a font
Software for generating keyboard layouts
Neographies forum, a place to discuss constructed alphabets
Constructed scripts for: Chinese languages |
Other natural languages |
Phonetic/universal scripts |
Constructed scripts for constructed languages |
Adaptations of existing alphabets |
Fictional alphabets |
Other writing systems
Semanto-phonetic writing systems,
Alternative writing systems,
Languages by writing system,
Languages by family,