About the forthcoming issue

Dissent, defiance: in Binisaya, supak, pagbikil; in Filipino, pagtutol, pagsuway (respectively). According to dictionary definitions, “dissent” as a verb means to hold or express opinions at variance with those previously, commonly, or officially express; while “defiance” is open resistance, or bold disobedience. The term is apt in articulating the responses to the turbulent events that rocked our everyday lives as residents of Northern Mindanao and the rest of the country. The ongoing extra-judicial killings, allowing a dictator’s remains to rest on the Libingan ng mga Bayani, and on the global scale, the slow but certain effects of climate change in Earth on the long-term: all these and more paint a sad portrait of our world, which make imaginings of bleak and dystopian futures.

About the publication

The Bulawan Literary Zine, the official literary publication of the Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC), calls contributors to take this challenge and respond to these revolting events through literature; works need not be overtly political or socially relevant, we only encourage literary pieces to possess the spirit of dissent, of defiance. Use the outlet of literature to articulate the pressing issues and concerns of the present time from your own point of view. Use it to articulate your own hopes and dreams and imagine them by defying the opinion of others, dissenting from the complacency to the acceptable ideas held by the mainstream public, at the risk of losing security by standing out in the crowd. Let us use our fear, anger, and uncertainty as inspiration in the production of dissenting literary pieces, and let us use literature to emancipate ourselves from the oppression and injustice that the contemporary world is forcing us to experience in our everyday lives.


Potential contributors are emerging and established writers who (1) are born and/or based in Northern Mindanao and (2) are Filipino citizens residing in the Philippines (outside Northern Mindanao) or abroad whose works are about the region.

Manuscript format requirements

We are looking for previously unpublished fiction and nonfiction prose, poems, and (unperformed) plays in Binisaya, Filipino, English, or a combination of these three languages. Contributors are asked to submit their best works in either of the following: 1 to 3 poems (not more than 60 lines each); 1 one-act play (15 pages); 1 flash narrative (500-1,500 words); 1 short story (3,500-5000 words); or 1 creative nonfiction/literary essay (3,500-5000 words). We are also looking for critical essays (3,500-5000 words – MLA citation format) about Northern Mindanao literature and book reviews (1,000-2,500 words) of works by Northern Mindanao authors. Except for poetry, all prose submissions should be in font size 12 in Arial, Courier New, or Times New Roman, and must be in Microsoft word (.doc) format. It should also be set in standard manuscript format; for more guidelines about manuscript formatting, look for William Shunn’s guide to Proper Manuscript Format. We are also looking for art works (at least 3) that will be considered for the cover art of the next volume. It should conform to the theme and it must be set in .jpeg file.

Send your manuscripts and artworks as email attachment to nagmac.submissions@gmail.com, together with a cover letter indicating your full name and contact information, as well as a 2-3 sentence bio-note. The email must have this subject line: “Bulawan zine submission, genre/art, and title of literary/art work” (ex. Bulawan zine submission, Flash Narrative, Bayo ni Dodong). For poetry submissions, choose one title for the subject line, while the document to be attached in the email must contain at least three (3) poems. Email sent without this subject line will automatically be filtered as spam and marked unread. Letters of acceptance and rejections will be sent out weeks after the deadline. Deadline of submission is until 11:59 p.m. of 31 March 2017.


The editorial board is composed of Mark Anthony L Daposala (poetry editor), Abigail C James (fiction editor), Vel Marie M Santillan (drama editor), and Alton Melvar M Dapanas (creative nonfiction/literary essay editor) with Zola Gonzalez-Macarambon as consultant. Eric John B Villena serves as the general editor.

Inquiries may be addressed to NAGMAC’s official email nagmac.submissions@gmail.com or Facebook page facebook.com/cdopoetrynight. The publication, as independently published, is unable to give honorarium to its contributors.