kona largeKahini magazine seeks new work of up to 1,000 words–whether prose, poetry, or cross-genre.

Very short fictions are nearly always experimental, exquisitely calibrated, reminiscent of Frost’s definition of a poem—a structure of words that consumes itself as it unfolds, like ice melting on a stove.
~Joyce Carol Oates

Please submit work for consideration by emailing [email protected]. Note: we don’t send rejection letters; if we absolutely must have your work, we’ll contact you. Simultaneous submissions are highly encouraged.

Though our experience is continuous, our perception of it as having shape and meaning presents itself in slices or bursts.
~Tobias Wolff

Kahini presents three open workshops each year designed specifically for writers creating new short-short work: the Kaua’i Writers’ Retreat, the Desert Writers’ Retreat, and the Hawai’i Writers’ Retreat. Other workshops are restricted to members of our year-long courses.

A really good short-short, whatever else it may be, is a story we can’t help reading fast, and then re-reading, and again, but no matter how many times we read it, we’re not quite through it yet.
~John L’Heureux