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Join the Elias Dakila Storywriting Contest

CANVAS, in partnership with Illustrador ng Kabataan (INK) is pleased to launch the Elias Dakila Competition for Children's Storywriting on Environment and Culture.

In 1953, French author Jean Giono was commissioned to write a short story about his most unforgettable character. What resulted was the classic eco-fable The Man Who Planted Trees, which told of the inspiring story of a man who through sheer persistence and diligence, brings hope to a once desolate and devastated province.

That story later moved CANVAS to publish the story of Elias & His Trees, a Filipinized adaptation of Giono's inspiring tale, and now, to work with Illustrador ng Kabataan (INK) in launching the Elias Dakila Competition for Children's Storywriting on Environment and Culture.

This year, the contest seeks to inspire writers to come up with original short stories for children (ages 6-8) that celebrate the environment and/or Philippine culture, and which are suitable as big, read-aloud books ideal for sharing or reading to groups of children.

The winner will receive a P25,000 cash prize. Deadline for entries is 5 pm, Manila time, January 31, 2006.

For more details, and to download the rules, please visit our site.


Publikasyong Iglap ng Maikling-maikling Kuwento Hinggil sa Karahasan sa Kilusang Manggagawa

Kasalukuyan kaming naghahanap ng mga maikling-maikling maikling kuwento o dagli na tumatalakay sa lalo pang paparahas na kalagayan ng mga manggagawa sa Pilipinas. Sa partikular, naghahanap kami ng mga kuwentong tumatalakay at tumutuligsa sa brutal na pagpaslang kay Ka Fort ng unyon ng Nestle at sa iba pang mga lider-manggagawa at kilusang manggagawang kumakaharap ng pagsasamantala ng mga kapitalista. Gayundin, naghahanap kami ng mga kuwentong tumatalakay sa patuloy na pagwelga at paglaban ng union at mga manggagawa ng Nestle at ng ng iba pang kolektibong laban ng ng mga unyon at manggagawa. Ito ang susunod na lalamanin ng espesyal na isyu ng Publikasyong-Iglap.

Ang Publikasyon-Iglap ang kagyat na pagtugon ng mga manunulat hinggil sa kaganapan sa ating bansa. Nauna na na nitong inilathala ang Pakikiramay (2004, pagpugay sa mga biktima ng masaker sa Hacienda Luisita) at Truth and Consequence (2005, koleksyon ng tula sa kampanyang Oust Gloria!).

Maaaring magpadala ng isang maikling-maikling kuwento kada awtor. Maximum ng tatlong pahina, doble espasyo. Ipadala kasama ang maikling bionote o writer's profile at kontak na mga numero sa mangiglap(at)yahoo(dot)com at/o mangewan(at)gmail(dot)com. Para sa mga katanungan, magpadala ng email kina Rolando Tolentino, Joey Baquiran at/o Mykel Andrada o di kaya'y kumontak sa 0915-4413324 at/o 0919-6384488.

Ang deadline ay sa Nobyembre 15, 2005.


Call for Fiction Manuscripts to Story Philippines

Story Philippines is the first magazine of its kind in the country. It offers the Filipino reader the most entertaining and interesting new short fiction by Filipino writers, presented in an intriguing tabloid format that boasts cutting edge design, illustration and photography. The maiden issue features seven new Philippine stories: a moving story of love, illness and death ("Losing Mac")by the famed Gilda Cordero-Fernando, an account of a healer dwende and his psychic handler ("The Life and Loves of Doc Dwende") by Sarge Lacuesta, and a stunning tale of a town blighted by a tragic curse ("Natakdan"), by David Hontiveros, among others. Copies are already available in bookstores.

The publication's mission is to provide the best reading experience for fiction in the country, and hope that the magazine will encourage Filipinos to read more quality fiction in general, and read Philippine writers in particular. Moreover, it is hoped that Story Philippines will become a preferred venue for Philippine fiction writers to share their work.

For the second issue, Story Philippines is accepting love stories. Deadline for submission is October 15. Send your submissions to englishmpublishing(at)yahoo(dot)com, or to Vanni de Sequera, editor-in-chief, at vanni.desequera(at)gmail(dot)com, or to Jade Bernas, publisher, at jadebernas(at)gmail(dot)com.

For more information, contact Jade Bernas, 0917-5232506.

Calling All Young Poets of the Philippines Writing in English

The editors of a forthcoming anthology would like to request your participation. The book will serve as a peek into and a celebration of the future of Philippine Poetry in English. Dr. Cirilo Bautista will be editing the project with the assistance of Ken T. Ishikawa.

If you are 35 years old and below, a Filipino, and a writer of Poetry in English please send five of your best representative work to newphilippinepoetry(at)gmail(dot)com. Young poets who have not yet published any books are highly encouraged to send their works.

Please send each of your poems in a single file; don't put all five in one. Don't forget to include short biographical information with a scanned 1x1 photo as your profile will appear in the list of contributors. The deadline will be on November 15, 2005.

Honorarium will come in the form of a contributor's copy. Authors of accepted works will be receiving a reply in their mail.

Call for Submission to Tapat

From Edgar Samar

Apat na bagay: 1) natutuwa ako sa tuwing makababasa ng mahuhusay na bagong akdang-pampanitikan sa Filipino; 2) nakapagbibigay-sigla na nitong mga nagdaang taon, maraming kaibigan ang nakapaglathala ng kani-kanilang unang aklat ng tula, kuwento at nobela sa Filipino; 3) nakatutuwa rin na nananatiling maraming bagong pangalan ang kinikilala sa ibat ibang pambansang timpalak sa pagsulat; gayumpaman, 4) ikinalulungkot ko na nananatiling malaki ang pangangailangan para sa isang regular na publikasyon na magtataguyod sa mga akda sa Filipino.

Dahil dito, ibig kong ipakilala ang Tapat, isang journal na pampanitikan sa Filipino. Layon nitong maglathala ng mga bagong tula, maikling kuwento, sanaysay, at iba pang anyong pampanitikan, kasama ng ilang kritisismo, panayam, at iba pang papel na susuhay sa pagbasa sa mga bagong akda. Kung papalarin, lalabas ang Tapat nang apat na beses sa loob ng isang taon simula 2006.

Sa ngayon, nangangalap ako ng mga hindi pa nalalathalang akda na maaaring mapabilang sa mga lalabas na isyu ng Tapat. Maaaring magpasa ng kahit ilang akda ang sinumang manunulat sa Filipino. Para sa tula, magpasa lamang ng hindi bababa sa apat na tula para sa bawat makata. Refereed ang journal na ito, kayat kung sakaling matanggap ang inyong akda, hinihiling na ipagkaloob sa Tapat ang karapatan ng unang paglalathala rito. Magbibigay kami ng maliit na bayad para sa akda kasama ang libreng kopya ng Tapat.

Para sa unang bugso, huling araw ng pagpapasa sa 31 Oktubre 2005. Ipadala lamang ang mga akda bilang attachment (.doc o .rtf file sa Microsoft Word) sa tapatjournal(at)gmail(dot)com.


CANVAS Announces Children's Storywriting Contest Winner

CANVAS is pleased to announce that Victoria Estrella C. Bravo is the winner of CANVAS' first annual children's storywriting competition, for her story "The Rocking Horse."

The panel of judges was composed of Gigo Alampay (Executive Director of CANVAS), and multi-awarded children's story writers Carla Pacis and Augie Rivera.

In the end, Ms. Bravo won in a close contest with three other writers: Raissa Claire U. Rivera ("Treasures I Have Known"), Andrea Lazaro ("Si Ninjang Kabayo at ang Violinistang Kalbo"), and Anna Christina Llanera ("Sol"). CANVAS intends to post all four top stories on its website soon.


Call for Entries to the 2006 PBBY-Salanga Prize

The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) is now accepting entries for the 2005 PBBY-Salanga Prize. The contest is co-sponsored by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and The National Library. The winner will be given a cash prize of P25,000.00, a gold medal, and an opportunity to be published. Prizes will be awarded in an appropriate ceremony to be held during the celebration of National Children’s Book Day on July 18, 2006.

Contest Rules:

1. The contest is open to all Filipino citizens except those who are related to any PBBY member up to the third degree of consanguinity.

2. Stories should be intended for children aged 6 to 12 years old. The plot and the sequence must be capable of sustaining an illustrated book of 28 to 32 pages.

3. Entries may be in Filipino or English.

4. Entries must be in hard copy, double-spaced, on short bond paper. Maximum length is five (5) pages.

5. A contestant may send in more than one (1) entry.

6. Each entry must be signed by a pen name only. Five (5) copies of each entry should be placed in an envelope, on the face of which only the pen name of the contestant should appear.

7. Together with each entry, contestants must submit a second envelope, on the face of which the pen name shall appear. This must contain the contestant’s full name, address, contact numbers, a short literary background, and a notarized certification from the author, vouching for the originality of the entry and for the freedom of the organizers from any liability arising from the infringement of copyright in case of publication, and affirming that the entry or any variant thereof has a) never been published nor b) won any other contest i.e. that it has never won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, honorable mention in any other contest or otherwise been awarded a medal, a citation, or included in a publicized list of meritorious entries to a literary contest.

8. All entries must be sent through snail mail to the PBBY Secretariat, c/o Adarna House, Inc., Room 102, JGS Building, 30 Scout Tuazon St., Quezon City.

9. All entries must be received by the PBBY Secretariat no later than 5:00 p.m., October 28, 2005.

10. Winners will be announced no later than November 25, 2005. Non-winning entries may be claimed at the PBBY Secretariat until December 16, 2005.

The winning story will be the basis for the 2005 PBBY-Alcala Prize. For more details, interested parties may contact the Philippine Board on Books for Young People, at Room 102, JGS Building, 30 Scout Tuazon St., Quezon City, Telefax 372-3548 or email pbby(at)adarna(dot)com(dot)ph.

Call for Entries to the 2005 NVM Gonzalez Prize

The 6th NVM Gonzalez Awards is now open to all Filipino writers for the Best Short Story of the Year in English published from November 2004 to September 30, 2005; and the Best Essay of the Year in English or Filipino, published or unpublished, which deals with the life situation of the Filipino. The Best Short Story carries the grand prize of P50,000.00 while the Best Essay of the Year garners a P20,000 prize for both English and Filipino. The deadline for submission is on October 15, 2005.

The essay category is new. It is open to any high school or college student whose entry is accompanied by a certification by the head of his/her English/Filipino Department (or equivalent academic department) as to the authorship of the essay and the bona fide status of the author (as a student) of his/her school. The essay should be at least seven (7) but not more than ten (10) pages, double-spaced, typed or computer-printed.

Neither story no essay that has already won in a national contest will be considered by the judges, whose decision shall be final. Six (6) copies of the story and/or essay (including, for the story, its original published form) should be submitted under a pseudonym, together with a sealed envelope containing both pseudonym and author's real name and short profile, to:

NVM Gonzalez Awards
P-57 A. Mabini Street, Area 1
UP Diliman, Quezon City 1101

The ceremonies for the Awards will be held toward the end of November. For inquiries, e-mail at nvmink(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Open Call for Submissions to an Anthology of Philippine Draconic Fiction

From Vin Simbulan

In the realms of fantasy, no other mythic creature inspires the same sense of awe and wonder, menace and majesty as the Dragon. Crossing cultural boundaries, the dragon is represented in a myriad of forms, in many tales from across the globe, spanning centuries of art and literature. Perhaps the fascination stems from what the dragon represents- a creature of unbridled power, a primeval force of nature that challenges the mettle of anyone who crosses its path.

In the West the dragon has become an avatar of malice, devourer of maidens, keeper of priceless hoards, a threat to be overcome by knights in shining armor. In contrast, the Oriental dragon is a revered icon, master of storms and rain, and keeper of wisdom.

Given the popularity of dragons, particularly in the genre of "pop-fantasy" (of the Dungeons and Dragons RPG variety), it comes as no surprise that some of the sense of wonder has faded. The dragon has suffered from over-exposure and become diminished, stale.

Despite the flood of mediocrity, there are many excellent stories that deal with dragons, among the most noteworthy off the top of my head are: King Dragon by Michael Swanwick, The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin, The Dragonbone Flute by Lois Tilton, and The Man who Painted the Dragon Griaule by Lucius Shepard. All are excellent tales, written by pedigreed authors.

And so, encouraged by the response to best bud Dean Alfar's Speculative Fiction anthology (featuring fantasy, science fiction and stories of the interstitial/slipstream mode), I have decided to publish "A Time for Dragons: An Anthology of Philippine Draconic Fiction".

I'm now extending an open call for submissions. My agenda is simple. Show me something new, something fresh, something that presents the dragon in a new light and restores a sense of awe and wonder. I'll accept tales from across genres: classic fantasy, science fiction, horror, slipstream, children's fiction/juvenilia, as well as poetry - whatever strikes your fancy. Show me new dragons that have never been seen before, make it grand or small, just keep in mind that we are dealing with a creature that has fascinated humanity's collective imagination for centuries. Give it the treatment it deserves.


1. Word Count. For fiction, anywhere from 2500 to 6000 words. For poetry, short or long form is acceptable. Englsh language only.

2. Language & Setting. English language. Can be set in original imaginary worlds or the "real" world, not necessarily the Philippines (as Dragons are "universal"). Absolutely no fan fic.

3. Number of Entries. Each author may submit up to two (2) submissions.

4. Format. Only via email. Attach as a Word Document - just make sure your submission is virus-free. Please email all submissions to: viniquest(at)yahoo(dot)com

5. Cover Letter. Kindly include a cover letter that includes the title of your submission, the word count, your full name, contact details including contact numbers, as well as a list of your previously published work, if any. New unpublished authors are more than welcome to submit.

6. Compensation. Each author whose work becomes part of the anthology will receive two (2) author's copies of the final publication. Similar to Dean's anthology, the Dragon antho is completely self-funded - except that selected authors may also avail of special discounts at Comic Quest and Petty Pets.

7. Deadline & Publication Schedule. All submissions must be received before midnight of January 4, 2006. Authors of selected pieces will be informed thereafter. The book will be released by the first quarter of 2006.