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A Pacific Journal of International Writing

About Manoa: Manoa is a unique, award-winning literary journal that includes American, Asian, and Pacific fiction, poetry, essays, plays, and artwork.

Contact Information:

University of Hawaii Department of English

1733 Donaghho Road

Honolulu, HI  96822

Phone: (808) 956-3070



Submission/Subscription Information:

Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: yes (query first) Reading period: not accepting unsolicited work at this time; query first Response time: varies Payment: varies Contests: never ISSN: 1045-7909 Founded: 1989 Issues per year: 2 Distributors: University of Hawaii Press Average pages: 200 Sample copy (postpaid): $20 Cover Price: $20 Subscription (Ind): $30 Subscription (Inst): $50

Publisher’s Description: Manoa is a unique, award-winning literary journal that includes fiction, poetry, essays, plays, and artwork from Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas. An outstanding feature of each issue is contemporary work in original translation from Asian and Pacific nations, selected for each issue by a guest editor. Beautifully produced, Manoa presents writing from the entire Asia-Pacific region, one of the world's most dynamic literary places.

Twice a year, the journal presents outstanding contemporary writing from places as diverse as the People’s Republic of China, Tibet, Nepal, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Viet Nam, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Cambodia, and the Pacific Islands, as well as Canada, Mexico, and South America. Works in Manoa have been cited for excellence and reprinted in such anthologies as Best American Short Stories, Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and Pushcart Prize. Manoa has also received national awards for its design and editorial excellence.

Manoa titles appear in The Index of American Periodical Verse, The American Humanities Index, Sociological Abstracts, and The Index of Modern Language Association. Digital editions of the journal are archived at and Project Muse (

Recent issues:

Volume 25 Number 2, “Bright as an Autumn Moon,” presents Sanskrit verses composed from the fourth to the twelfth centuries. Translated into contemporary English by American poet Andrew Schelling, they illuminate the ardent worship by lovers of their beloved—both human and divine. Each translation is accompanied by the Sanskrit original, transliteration, glossary, and commentary. The art in the volume consists of Deccani miniature paintings from the late eighteenth century from an album (muraqqa‘) compiled in the late nineteenth century, possibly later. The work is included courtesy of The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.

Guest edited by Trevor Carolan, the current issue of Mānoa (Volume 25 Number 1, Summer 2013) is inspired by songs of the aboriginal people, by the rivers, the forests, and the wildlife of a region stretching from Southeast Alaska through Cape Mendocino, California. Cascadia: The Life and Breath of the World portrays the region’s complexity and the need to conserve and protect it. This volume includes essays by Hugh Brody and Gary Snyder, fiction by Barry Lopez, oratory by Chief Dan George and Robert Bringhurst, poems by Lee Maracle and Richard Van Camp, memoirs by Eden Robinson and Maxine Hong Kingston.


last updated 03/17/2014