Hawaiʻi Review 88 – Call for Submissions 

Open September 1 - December 1, 2017 


We are seeking new work in all genres and media: 

  • Prose: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Lyric Essay 
  • Poetry 
  • Theater & Drama 
  • Visual & Performing Arts 
  • Hybrid & Multimedia Work 
  • Translation, Creative Translation, Multilingual Work
  • Educational Materials


Editor Interests:
  • Lynley: Creative/Translation, Hawaiʻi & Pacific, Multilingual / Multimedia / Multigenre Writing & Arts, Educational Materials, Queer Writing, Disability Writing
  • Sashily: Poetry, Short Stories, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Comic/Manga/Anime, Spoken Word/Performance
  • Marley: Poetry, Autobiography, Music, Dance, Visual Arts
  • Tina: Water Is Life, Science Fiction, Creative Science Writing, Indigenous Writing & Arts, Indigenous Science FIction & TEK
Ends on October 30, 2018

Hawaiʻi Review seeks submissions of writing in all genres and art in all media from Indigenous writers, artists, and arts practitioners. Our general theme for this year is Moʻolelo and Talk Story, however submissions for this call do not have to be related to this theme. We are particularly interested in craft practices - including, but not limited to beading, weaving, quilt-making, carving, tattoo, clothing and textile design, and hi/stories related to these - Send us images and / or writing about craft and arts practices. We welcome submissions from Indigenous writers and artists around the world. Multilingual work and translations by Indigenous writers are welcome as well.

Hawaiʻi Review seeks submissions of writing in all genres and audio/visual and performance art in all media from Black and / or Indigenous writers and artists on the theme of Indigenous & Black Connected Resistence. Send us your poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, translation and multilingual work, drawing, painting, sculpture, crafts, music, spoken word, film, multimedia works. 


On her website, Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer and artist Leanne Betasamosake Simpson offers the following:

"my liberation as an Indigenous women is linked to the liberation of Black women, and the Two Spirit and Queer community, and I’ve learned by listening to Black feminists like Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Angela Davis, Luam Kidane and Hawa Y. Mire that resurgent Indigenous and Black feminisms are the spine of our collective liberation. #BlackLivesMatter, is “an online platform developed after the murder of Trayvon Martin, designed to connect people interested in learning more about and fighting back against anti-Black racism” created in 2013 by three Black Queer women, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tomet. ... To me, Ferguson is a call not only to indict the system but to decolonize the systems that create and maintain the forces of Indigenous genocide and anti-Blackness. I have a responsibility to make space on my land for those communities of struggles, to centre and amplify Black voices and to co-resist. We both come from vibrant, proud histories of mobilization and protest, and it is the sacrifices of our Elders and our Ancestors that ensured that our communities of struggle continue to exist today. They believed in their hearts that there is no justice and no peace until we are all free, and so must we."


In an interview with the Hawaiʻi Independent, Alice Walker relates, 

"I love Hawaii because it’s one of the places on the earth where people even if they are not indigenous genetically have a respect for the indigenous wisdom. Indigenous wisdom around the world is always about the earth and about the sacredness of where we are. We are in the most sacred place – the earth is so incredibly dear. And it is painful to see how few people realize or even think about it. ... It’s so incredible to think that people, once they lose their language they can’t even complain sufficiently because they don’t have the words from their own language to say what it is they don’t like. So the work that’s required to reconnect us to our real selves involves having your own language. So this is a place where Hawai’i is a very good teacher. Because it’s daunting to think about re-learning a language you never knew, where people have forced you not to know your own tongue. It’s horrible, it’s what happened to you. So this is something that can go out among indigenous people around the world. Yes you cannot even relearn, you can learn your original language. And if you can do that, there are nuances of thought, of feeling that you are then able to use to help the world."



Ian MacMillan Residency

  • 1 artist / writer’s residency for a UH Mānoa student.
  • This residency is associated with a $500 stipend.
  • One student will have the opportunity to develop a creative work based on spending a minimum of 10 hours doing research of their choice in the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections at Hamilton Library.
  • One student will have the opportunity to do research in the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections, and to use this research as inspiration for a poem series, short story, art work, or performance work. Artists in all genres of writing and all audiovisual and performance media are eligible.

To Apply:

  • Short description: In the submittable box provided, include a one paragraph description of your work and the kind of research you might like to undertake in the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections.
  • Please provide your UH ID number. 
  • Check the boxes next to the residencies you are applying for. 
  • Art / Writing Sample:

         Writers: Send up to 7 pages of poetry, short fiction, short nonfiction, or hybrid work.          Visual Artists: Send up to 7 images.          Audiovisual Artists: Send a/v files up to 7 minutes.          Performance Artists: Send a/v files up to 7 minutes.
Query us if you have other types of work and need guidelines.

When reading certain poems the words seem to jump off the page! This category does exactly that...and more! We are looking for energetic and moving performers who talk about their lives, struggles, heartache, culture, and observations...  

Please include a PDF & an MP4 when you submit!
Hawaiʻi Review is looking to publish educational materials (lesson plans, resources, essays by educators) related to anti-racist, decolonial, and social justice pedagogy and teaching.

We would also like to have educational materials promoting indigenous writing and arts, and materials promoting writing and arts by people of color.

This call is open to any genre of writing and any media - educational videos or audiovisual material, lesson plans, creative or critical essays, other types of writing.

Audiovisual material and writing over 3000 words will be considered for our website and our e-chapbook series, works under 3000 words will be considered for the print issue as well. There may be some flexibility on publishing longer works in print, depending on space.
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