The arts are made for public enjoyment and so should be accessible, even if you may not always understand them. But one art form, the literary, is languishing as outlets for authors, old and new, go dark.

That’s why Honolulu Weekly, itself a struggling independent publication, is proud to call for submissions to our second annual Literary Contest.

The categories are short fiction (up to 1,250 words), poetry (up to 500 words), and, new this year, a non-fiction essay on the topic, “My Neighborhood ” (1,250 words). Fiction judges are Kaui Hart Hemmings and Chris McKinney; poetry and essay judges will be announced soon.

In January 2013, we’ll publish the winners and runners-up in a special Weekly issue, and hold a reading in collaboration with Mixed Innovative Arts (M.I.A.).

Deadline for submissions: Wed., Oct 24th. Send as Word attachments to [email: Literary].