Aloha, Fam! Thank you so much for your interest in being featured on our radio show/podcast. Find our open calls for materials below. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
Because art, like the personal, is always political, we are interested in lit with a purpose.
We 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 security, 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. We are interested in featuring lit that reminds us that we are not alone.
We are also still inviting submissions that address the theme Water Is Life and the love of water. For these particular submissions, we are especially interested in pieces that are in support of water protectors, at Standing Rock, on Maui, 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 security, that speak truth to power, that center love of water and land and ancestors.
And, so it’s known, we’re 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.
And we’re super excited to hear the musical choices you pair with your dope writing.
If you are interested in being featured on a full episode of It’s Lit, email us at email@example.com for additional guidelines and our author questions. We’re happy to walk you through the process!
Write Now / Writing for Radical Futures: In Support of Black Lives
Tens of thousands of people continue to flood the streets worldwide demanding the end of white supremacy and state-sanctioned violence against Black people. We stand with Black people with a deep investment in our collective liberation: none of us is free until all of us are free.
In support of the Black Lives Matter movement, we invite lit that reflects on/seeks to document elements of this key moment in time along with lit that looks to the future. As alternatives to policing, what does community-led public safety look like? What will our world be like without white supremacy? What anti-racist, coalition-building, radical futures are you envisioning? How is Black Lives Matter a global movement, vital in Oceania too? (See, for example, Joy Enomoto’s “Where Will You Be? Why Black Lives Matter in the Hawaiian Kingdom” along with the Pōpolo Project’s 2018 interview with BLM cofounder Patrice Cullors.) Send us lit that gives vent to the rage/hope/love of this time and beyond.
Black writers, we see you and recognize your brilliance. We prioritize amplifying your voices, and we welcome lit that you feel moved to and have the bandwidth to share.
Non-Black writers, we invite lit in solidarity, reflections on how you too are working to cut out from our collective body what Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor has called “the rot of racism.” We invite discomfort and learning and growing, and your tangible actions for freedom and support.
We invite your difficult conversations with loved ones and your protest journals and social media interventions.
Send us your poems, flash fiction & nonfiction—your letters or whatever other form your lit takes. As always, we look forward to hearing the musical choices you pair with your writing.
What to send us:
- A recording of your Write Now / Writing for Radical Futures: In Support of Black Lives literature. Most folks record themselves on their smart phones. Please begin your recording by saying “This is [your name] and this is my [poem/short story/CNF piece/etc] titled [title].”
- The song you’d like played after your piece.
- A brief bio you like that tells people who you are. Please include a statement identifying your positionality in relation to this movement. Which communities are you writing from?
- The name of one or more Black writers or musicians who have changed your life so we can pool and uplift the work of Black creators who continue to feed this movement.
- Your pronouns, so we can refer to you correctly.
- Your social media handles (if you want them shouted out).
Email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Love in the Time of COVID-19
As we spend all of this time and physical distance apart, how are you holding your loved ones close? How are you taking care of yourself? How are you holding space and time for the loved ones we’ve lost?
We want your love letters to your bestie whose hand you miss holding, to your siblings, to your elder parental units and grandfolks, to your baby niblings, to your loveys and sweet things.
We want your shout outs to health care workers, to farmers growing the food you eat, to postal workers and delivery people, to the aunties holding down the checkout line, to the breeze cooling your valley and the sun warming your streets.
We welcome your self-care rituals and your grief. We welcome the secret to what’s holding you together and the truth of how we are also falling apart.
Send us your poems, flash fiction & nonfiction–whatever form your lit takes.
And, as always, we’re looking forward to the music you choose to go with your work.
Materials to Submit:
- A recording of your Love in the Time of COVID-19 literature. Most folks record themselves on their smart phones (small-kind background noises—like chickens, birds, young folks running around—are just fine, but maybe try to avoid big noises—like doors slamming, dump trucks getting wheelies off potholes, etc). Please begin your recording by saying “This is [your name] and this is my [poem/short story/CNF piece] titled [title].”
- The song you’d like played after your piece.
- A three-sentence bio you like that tells people about you, your interests, and includes info for how folks can connect to more of your work.
- Your preferred gender pronoun(s), so we can address you correctly ❤
- Your social media handles (if you want them shouted out)
Email us at email@example.com!
Lit for the Mauna
In support of the kiaʻi of Mauna a Wākea, we invite literature written for the mauna.
Noʻu Revilla was invited to lead a poetry workshop on the first day of classes at Puʻuhuluhulu University, which has been established as “an actual Hawaiian place of learning” at the puʻuhonua and features a variety of learning exchanges about ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, mele, moʻolelo, Aloha ʻĀina consciousness, and more. Noʻu combined workshops with Kahala Johnson, who engaged the Kumulipo to talk about mana māhū. Inspired by Kahoʻokahi Kanuha’s question “What kind of kupuna will you be?” the poetry workshop was guided by themes of desire, family, and resistance. Repetition, as Noʻu explains, was the central poetic device “to hoʻomana or grow the power and resonance of Kahoʻokahi’s question into a promise to our future as a lāhui.” You are invited to respond to the poetry prompt used on the mauna that day in workshop: “I will be a kupuna who…” In the spirit of kapu aloha, which is alive and thriving at Puʻuhonua o Puʻuhuluhulu, you are encouraged to use action phrases and imagery that highlight connectivity and community.
Materials to Submit:
- Recordings of your literature. Most folks record themselves on their smart phones. Please begin your recording by saying “This is [your name] and this is my [poem/short story/CNF piece] titled [title].”
- The song you’d like played after your lit.
- A short bio you like that tells people about you and includes info for how folks can connect to more of your work (social media handles are also welcome).
- Your pronoun(s), so we can speak about you correctly.