Call for Submissions: Bulawan Literary Zine of Northern Mindanao Issue 4: ‘Mental Disorders’


Bulawan, a literary journal of new Northern Mindanaoan writings, is now open for contributions to its fourth regular issue themed ‘Mental Disorders’. Bulawan’s editors are looking for poems, short stories, flash fiction/nonfiction, creative nonfiction, one-act plays, screenplays, full-length play excerpts, novel chapters, critical essays, book reviews, and visual artworks that discuss psychiatric/psychological disorders—anxiety disorders, eating disorders, mood disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, and substance use disorders.

The issue’s impetus, aside from the ending of stigma and inspiring recovery and awareness, is to pose intellectual inquiries vis-à-vis representations and explore ways in which mental disorders are depicted in contemporary regional, decolonial , and indigenous writings. The editors are also interested in the following topics: (1) the depictions of mental disorders in literature, (2) mental disorder as metaphor for political protest against conformity to the status quo, (3) intersections of mental disorders with identity politics (race/ethnicity, socioeconomic class, physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression), (4) mental disorders in confessional poetry, gothic fiction, or nonfiction narratives, among others.

The publication seeks contributions from emerging and established writers who (1) are born/based in Northern Mindanao and (2) are Filipino citizens residing in the country (outside the Northern Mindanao) or abroad whose works are about/related to or set in the region. Submissions should be original and previously unpublished works in Binisaya, Tagalog, English, or a combination of these three languages. Submit works in either of the following: 1 to 3 poems (not more than 60 lines each); 1 one-act play, screenplay, or an excerpt of a full-length play (up to 30 pages); 1 flash fiction/nonfiction (500 to 1000 words); 1 short story or creative nonfiction (2000 to 5000 words); or 1 novel chapter (3000 to 6000 words) with a synopsis of the novel. Critical essays (2000 to 5000 words) that problematize the the intersection of literature and mental disorders, and book reviews (1000 to 25000 words) of theme-relevant works by Northern Mindanao authors are also welcome. Visual artworks—paintings, illustrations, graphic design, digital photography, and typography—relevant to the theme may also be submitted.

Send manuscripts (font size 12 in Arial, Courier New, or Times New Roman in DOC/DOCX format) and artworks (JPEG/PNG format) as email attachment to, together with a cover letter indicating the author’s full name, contact information, and a short bionote (300 to 400 words). Subject line must be “Bulawan_Genre_Title” (example: Bulawan_Flash Nonfiction_Debris). Submissions that do not follow the prescribed format will not be considered. Deadline of submission is until 31 March 2018, 11:59 PM. Issue 4 will be launched on June 2018.

Inquiries and orders of previous issues may be addressed to NAGMAC’s official email or Facebook page


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