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Wanna Submit? / Open Calls for Materials

How to Get Featured on It’s Lit

Aloha, Fam! Thank you so much for your interest in being featured on It’s Lit. Below is all the info you need on how to do just that.

What I’m looking for:

Because art, like the personal, is always political, I am interested in lit with a purpose.

I want to feature lit that draws ancestors close, that reminds us of how they hold us and that in telling their stories we can hold them too, that underscores our genealogical connections, that reflects lived experiences in the body (that oftentimes-fraught domain), that speaks out against racism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, that looks attraction and desire in the face, that remembers how to slow dance, that tends garden boxes for decolonial love, that creates new space, that builds community, that centers love of land and ocean, that centers Oceania, that knows the power of our imaginations and is devoted to genuine sovereignty, that remembers that what it means to be a grove of trees, that invites us to talk with those difficult, complex emotions we’ve been avoiding and reminds us that we’re safe to feel them, that reminds us that one of the world’s greatest fictions is that we are alone. I am interested in featuring lit that reminds us that we are not alone.

With Standing Rock still on our minds, particularly now, as the new U.S. administration has signed off on orders to advance the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Keystone Pipeline, I am also still inviting submissions that address the theme Water Is Life and the love of water, the theme that shaped this show’s first four episodes. For these particular submissions, I am especially interested in pieces that are in support of water protectors, at Standing Rock and worldwide, that are about the power of nonviolent resistance, including what it means to be prayerful and guided and vigilant within ongoing movements for genuine sovereignty, that speak truth to power, that center love of water and land and ancestors.

And I’m super excited to hear the musical choices you pair with your dope writing.


How to submit:

Send me the following at itslitwithPhDJ@gmail.com

  1. a 5-minute-or-less recording of you or someone you love reading your work. You are welcome to send more than one recording, but each recording should ideally be five minutes or less. Note: 5 minutes is pretty much the longest any individual piece can run (anything longer than that, without a break for conversation, feels really long on air). That said, if your piece is longer than five minutes, you might be able to signal to me where we can maybe take breather spaces for a song, etc, before coming back to finish your piece.
  2. two to four songs that you love that you think ought to be played around your piece. Think of a couple songs that might be mood-setters for your piece to be played before your poem/flash piece, and then a couple songs that could be played after your piece as a dénouement, if you will. Sending me song titles and links should be enough for me to track down these pieces, but if you can send MP3s (to itslitwithPhDJ@gmail.com), even better!
  3. a three-sentence bio in the third person that I can read to listeners who might want to connect with you and more of your work
  4. optional: while your creative writing may speak for itself, you are welcome to send over a short statement to introduce your piece so listeners will have even deeper access to the messages within your piece. What inspired your piece? Messages of solidarity are welcome  here too.
  5. a statement on whether you’re down to have the MP3 of your creative writing archived on this website. A simple yay or nay will do. If you are down for this, please also send an image to go with your post. This can be a picture of you or something else that complements your piece.

And, so it’s known, I’m excited to feature Indigenous writers, people-of-color writers, LGBTQI writers, intersectional writers, the-personal-is-political writers, ally-is-a-verb writers, drawing-on-our-ancestors writers, heart-wrenching writers, the-revolution-won’t-be-televised writers, sexy writers, boundary-exploding writers, healing writers, community-building writers, damn-the-man-and-the-empire writers, all-of-the-above writers.

Unsure about what you’ve got will fit the vision for the show? Shoot me an email at itslitwithphdj@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to talk it over with you.

My goal will be to respond to all submissions with acceptance/rejection/any requests for revision within four weeks after I receive them. Feel free to follow up with me if it’s been four weeks and you still haven’t heard from me ❤

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