The deadline for submission of nominations to the 16th Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award has been extended to August 15, 2016, 6pm.

The award is open to first books by Filipino writers writing in Filipino that have been published in 2014 and 2015, and offers a modest cash prize of PhP50,000 to the winner. The nominated book may be (1) a collection of poems; (2) a collection of short stories; (3) a full-length novel; (4) a collection of plays; (5) a collection of creative nonfiction (literary essays, autobiography, biography, travelogue, newspaper columns, etc.); or (6) a graphic novel or a collection of short graphic stories. Please note that while we are using the UNESCO definition of a book as a publication of at least 49 pages (cover pages not included) we are open to children’s books that might fall below 49 pages. Similarly, we welcome self-published work.

Nominations should include five (5) copies of each book being nominated. You may nominate as many books as you wish, provided these were published within the stipulated years, and are known to you to be the first published (creative writing) books by the authors concerned. Please note that books that do not fall within the category of creative writing are not eligible. Copies of books submitted for consideration will not be returned.

The panel of judges will be comprised of distinguished, award-winning writers chosen by the Fellows and Associates of the UP Institute of Creative Writing. For inquiries, you may call 9818500 loc 2116 and look for Mr. Ronnie Amuyot, or email us at