The UP Writers Club is the University of the Philippines’ finest literary organization since its inception in 1927. The organization pushes for innovation and transformation, while continuing to recognize and uphold its traditions. In line with its 90th anniversary, the UP Writers Club will be publishing the 2017 Literary Apprentice with the theme of Resistance. Works with radical content or with concepts that are currently deemed too unusual or experimental by mainstream publishers are encouraged. Submission is open to works of poetry, prose, essay, and hybrid genres. Only works in Filipino or English will be considered as we do not have the resources to edit pieces in other languages. Submissions are open to UP Writers Club alumni and members. Below are the specific guidelines for each genre.

  1. Prose
  • Maximum of 10 000 words or 15 pages per entry. Works that exceed the maximum word or page count will not be considered.
  • Format: Garamond, size 12, single spaced, justified

    2. Poetry

  • 1 – 2 poems not longer than 30 lines each or 1 long poem, for a maximum of 60 lines per submission. Maximum page count is 5 pages. Works that exceed the line or page count will not be considered.
  • We accept Prose-Poetry, maximum of 5 000 words or 6 pages per entry.
  • Format: Garamond, size 12, single spaced
  1. Essay
  • Various essay forms are welcomed: academic papers, creative non-fiction, literary or art criticism, film reviews, interdisciplinary critical papers, et cetera, exploring Southeast Asian Literature or Art and its connections or intersections with Philippine Literature or Art.
  • Maximum of 10 000 words or 15 pages per entry. Works that exceed the maximum word or page count will not be considered.
  • Format similar to prose
  • Citation style: Chicago (for artwork images in Art Criticism, Turabian citation style must be used)

    3. Hybrid Works

  • Authors must indicate in which genre they want their works to be placed. In the event that their works are accepted, the editors will work closely with the author on options on how to present their work.

Submissions must come in both .pdf and .doc or .rtf format. Indicate the title of the piece in the file name, and genre in the e-mail subject line. The body of the e-mail must contain the author’s full name, contact details, and title of work. If the author wishes to include images in their work, these must be 300 dpi and in black and white, .jpg or .png format and attached as file in the e-mail submission.

You may send your inquiries and submissions to

Deadline for submission is on 30 June 2016. Authors will be notified of their submission status within three months of the deadline.  

The Literary Apprentice 2017 will be published by Balangiga Press, an independent publishing house in Manila, Philippines, founded in March 2016, that aims to promote appreciation of resistance writing, liberating reading, and engaging literature. For orders and other inquiries, please visit Balangiga Press.