Kanilehua Submissions

Kanilehua is the UH Hilo Art & Literary Magazine, and we work to publish the best creative pieces our UH Hilo students have to offer. This year, in recognition of the unique relationship Hawaiʻi Community College has with our campus, we are excited to announce that we will be accepting Hawaiʻi Community College submissions and look to include these pieces up to 10% of our total publication.

Submit Your Work!

Among the endless academic papers and projects that you will undoubtedly produce, perhaps you have felt the need to let your creative thoughts come to life. Here at Kanilehua, we would love to be a part of your creative expression! We are looking for your creative pieces to grace the pages of our Art and Literary Magazine here at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

Types of Submissions Accepted

Literary Submissions: We accept work from any literary form and genre, whether it be flash fiction, short stories, poetry, or playwriting. Since Kanilehua is a magazine of art and literature, the only form of writing that we do not accept is academic writing. Any genre is welcome, and although it is not required, experimental forms of writing are encouraged. Up to 5 pieces may be submitted per student. The maximum word-count per piece is 5,000 words.

Visual Arts Submissions: We accept submissions of any type of visual art, including photography, paintings, drawings, and sculptures. Up to 5 pieces may be submitted per student.

Submission Theme

This year, we at Kanilehua want to focus on creating a literary magazine that students feel proud to pick up. With the recent opening up of campus and the resurgence of activities, we wanted to theme our submission this year. To coincide with the liveliness that 2022 has brought, our theme is "mōhala", translated as "bloom, a youth just past adolescence; shining forth, as a light; appearing clear, as a thought; evolved, developed; freed or recovered, as from fear, worry, and illness" as defined in Wehewehe Wikiwiki. Our goal for this issue is to foster familiar feelings and compile these artistic representations of the feeling of mōhala to make this an immersive experience for both artists and readers.

For each submission, we want to publish the work you feel best represents revival, rebirth, and new beginnings. We are passionate about creating a cohesive feeling that each student who picks up a copy of Kanilehua to relate can to. So please, send us what you feel best represents the theme.

Submissions for the 2022-2023 publication are now open. Please submit your work here! The deadlines to submit are as follows:

First Priority Deadline: 11:59pm on October 31, 2022

Second Priority Deadline: 11:59pm on November 30, 2022

Final Deadline: 11:59pm on January 20, 2023