LIKHAAN: The University of the Philippines Institute of Creative Writing (UP ICW) is now accepting applications for the 55th UP National Writers Workshop to be held in Los Banos from May 22 to 29, 2016.

Here are the submission guidelines:


To qualify, applicants must (1) be writers in English or Filipino or other Philippine languages (in translation); (2) must have attended at least one creative writing workshop (national/regional, including the UP National Writers Workshops), or earned a degree in Creative Writing/Malikhaing Pagsulat or related fields, or won at least one national/international literary award; (3) must have published at least one book of poetry, fiction, nonfiction or drama, or have had a full-length play or a film produced. 

Writers who have been fellows at any of the UP National Writers Workshops are eligible. 

This year, the ICW will also accept unpublished authors, as long as these works have already been accepted for publication, or are book length/graduate thesis projects which have already been successfully defended. These qualifications may be waived in exceptionally meritorious cases, with the unanimous concurrence of the UP ICW Fellows, Associates, and Advisers.


Applicants must submit (1) five copies, plus digital file (12 points, double-spaced, 8 x 11) of one original unpublished manuscript (short story, poem, creative nonfiction, play, or novel) to be discussed during the workshop. Submissions should not exceed 6,000 words; (2) five copies, plus digital file (12 points, double-spaced, 8 x 11) of an essay on “What I write, how, and why?” in relation to the work-in-progress, of no more than 2,500 words. This essay will be the basis for a 20-minute presentation that the fellow is expected to do during the workshop; (3) photocopies of the applicant’s published work, including publication details; and (4) application form (available at the UP ICW office in UP Diliman, the ICW website ( and on the ICW-maintained website

Only writers who go through the complete application process will be considered for fellowship. The chosen fellows must be present for the full duration of the week-long workshop.

All fellows are entitled to a modest stipend, free hotel accommodation, and free transportation from UP Diliman to Los Banos and back.

The deadline for submission is 14 February 2016.

The Advisers, Fellows, and Associates of the UP ICW will comprise the workshop panel. They are National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario, National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera, Gémino H. Abad, Jose Y. Dalisay Jr., Charlson Ong, Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, J. Neil Garcia, Jun Cruz Reyes, Victor Emmanuel Carmelo Nadera Jr., Luna Sicat Cleto, and Eugene Y. Evasco. Eugene Evasco will be the director of the 2016 workshop. 

Previously dedicated to helping up-and-coming writers, the U.P. National Writers Workshop has been reformatted to mentoring writers in mid-career. The workshop aims to help writers who have already published, or are on the verge of publishing, a book or have won major literary awards, further hone their craft.

For inquiries, call 922-1830 and ask for Luna Sicat Cleto, or email For more news about the latest UP ICW activities follow our Facebook page (