Open Calls for Materials

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 with any questions! Our current themed call(s) for materials are below along with our open, general call:

Water Is Life / Shut Down Red Hill


“The existence of the Red Hill fuel tanks is an infliction of gross negligence on ‘āina, wai, and our lives. Clean water is genuine security and a human right. Our water and our people are getting poisoned, and the only acceptable solution is to shut down Red Hill immediately and entirely. We are the only ones who can keep us safe. Ola I ka Wai.”

Oʻahu Water Protectors

Lend your voice to protect water. Record the letter you are mailing to the Secretary of Defense demanding that the Navy comply with the emergency order to shut down Red Hill. Are you a flash writer? Record the tweets you’re posting. Send us your lit about your experience at recent sign-wavings or talking with local small business owners about Red Hill. Send us your lit about your outrage at the Navy’s negligence. Send us your love letters to water. Send us your pledge to protect what you love. Send us your prophecies for what is to come.

The deadline for this themed call for materials is rolling.

#ShutDownRedHill #WaterIsLife #OlaIKaWai

Follow the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi for live updates on actions to support Oʻahu’s drinking water (


Email a recording of your piece + a link to a song you want played after your recording, and short bio that tells people about you, including your pronouns.


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].” MP3s and MP4s welcome (and likely any other audio file you got is just fine). Email us if you’re not sure how to do this and we will help out!


logo w phdj (black)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 for additional guidelines and our author questions. We’re happy to walk you through the process!

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