Bulawan Literary Zine of Northern Mindanao is now open for contributions to its special issue themed ‘Sendong’. Bulawan is looking for poems, short stories, literary essays/creative nonfiction, one-act plays, flash narratives, critical essays, visual artworks, and book reviews that discuss, in particular, Typhoon Sendong in December 2011 and, in general, the Northern Mindanaoan experience of natural disasters, climate change, global warming, affinity to urban/rural places, and individualized experiences of the aftermath of disasters.
The impetus of this special issue is the treatment of Sendong as a muted narrative. Its aftermath, post-trauma, has fomented a host of creativities in the visual, performing, and literary arts demonstrating Mindanaoans’ tenacity despite the collective trauma. It is an important juncture to survey, collect, and appraise these works in (Northern) Mindanao’s contemporary creative history, largely unwritten about, as the destruction/renewal thematic showed itself so much more strongly in our local literatures shortly after the typhoon.
The publication seeks contributions from emerging and established writers who (1) are born and/or based in Northern Mindanao and/or (2) are Filipino citizens residing in the Philippines (outside Northern Mindanao) or abroad whose works are about or related to the region.
Submissions should be original and previously unpublished literary works in Binisaya, Tagalog, English, or a combination of these three languages. Submit 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 in the MLA citation format) about Northern Mindanao literature and book reviews (1,000-2,500 words) of works by Northern Mindanaoan 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. We are also looking for works of visual art—paintings, illustrations, graphic design, digital photography, and typography—that will be considered for the cover art of the next issues. 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 bionote. The email must have this subject line: “Bulawan literary zine submission, genre/art, and title of literary/art work” (ex. Bulawan literary 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 pm of 30 September 2017. Issue 3 will be launched on December 2017.
Inquiries may be addressed to NAGMAC’s official email nagmac.submissions@gmail.com.
General Editor: EJ Betita Villena
Editor for Essay & Creative Nonfiction: Alton Melvar Dapanas
Editor for Poetry: Ton Daposala
Editor for Fiction: Abigail C James
Editor for Drama: Mai Santillan
Associate Editor for Essay & Creative Nonfiction: Ma Karlene Shawn Cabaraban
Associate Editor for Poetry: Stephanie Alexie Gonzaga
Associate Editor for Fiction: Gari R Jamero
Associate Editor for Drama: Dennis B Flores
Consultant: Zola Gonzalez-Macarambon