Deadline Extended: Sep 30, 2016

"Va is the space between, the betweenness, not empty space, not space that separates but space that relates, that holds separate entities and things together in the Unity-that-is-All, the space that is context, giving meaning to things. The meanings change as the relationships and the contexts change. . . . A well-known Samoan expression is ‘Ia teu le va’—cherish, nurse, care for the va, the relationships."

-Albert Wendt, "Tatauing the Post-Colonial Body"
 

OCCUPYING VA, THE BETWEENNESS


We are issuing this call for submissions from the occupied islands of Hawai‘i, whose sovereign space was illegally overthrown in 1893. Last year, Mauna Kea was occupied by defenders against development on the sacred peak. Around the globe, people are also advocating and active in Occupy movements, Black Lives Matter, LGBT movements, and other initiatives to reclaim and change relational spaces. What we say about space today might be a litmus test for the unrest around us, as well as for our own efforts of nursing and care. Hannah Arendt insisted that the world is not a thing but a moving field of relations, a space we all continually make. What might it mean to occupy relational space? Can va be occupied? We occupy, but we also hold, and share. What would be the story of such a space? The Hawai‘i Review seeks new poetry and fiction responding to these questions, for a two-part series to be released in the fall and spring. 

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All accepted poems and stories will be automatically considered for the annual Ian MacMillan Awards, with a cash prize of $500 for one winner in each genre. The winning pieces will be read blindly and selected by our guest judges, Craig Santos Perez (poetry) and Shawna Yang Ryan (fiction). 

All submissions will also be considered for HR Online, the digital complement to the print journal. If you would not like your work considered for online publication, please indicate so in the submission form. If you wish to submit creative nonfiction, critical work, plays, or reviews for HR Onlineplease query first. Detailed formatting guidelines can be found in the genre categories below.

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Submit up to 5 poems in a single document, each poem on a new page, 1-in margins, 12-pt font, single-spaced, etc; unless your poem calls for special formatting. Your name and contact info should not appear anywhere in the document itself.

We accept simultaneous submissions, provided that you make a note of this in your cover letter and withdraw your poems immediately if accepted for publication elsewhere.

We only accept previously unpublished work for which you are the sole copyright holder. We will acquire First North American Serial Rights and/or First Electronic Rights if we select your work for publication.

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We generally publish works of no longer than 6,000 words, though we will consider longer work if the writing compels us. Please include a word count at the top of your manuscript, which should be formatted in 12pt font, 1-in margins, double-spaced, and with numbered pages. Your name and contact info should not appear anywhere in the document itself.

We accept simultaneous submissions, provided that you make a note of this in your cover letter and withdraw your poems immediately if accepted for publication elsewhere.

We only accept previously unpublished work for which you are the sole copyright holder. We will acquire First North American Serial Rights and/or First Electronic Rights if we select your work for publication.

The Hawai‘i Review seeks new eerie stories and poems to accompany selections from our 1983 “Ghost Issue” for a special Halloween podcast. All submissions will also be considered for HR Online, the digital complement to the print journal. If you would not like your work considered for online publication, please indicate so in the submission form.

We only accept previously unpublished work for which you are the sole copyright holder. We will acquire First North American Serial Rights and/or First Electronic Rights if we select your work for publication.

We are currently accepting original artwork and photography for inclusion in HR Online. We strongly prefer work that speaks to our "Occupying Va" theme in some way. Please submit a low-resolution JPEG file of your work (or multiple files in a ZIP), with a short cover letter and statement about the work if appropriate. If we select your artwork for publication, we will contact you for high-resolution files of the work.