The Bulawan Literary Journal of Northern Mindanao is now open for contributions to its fifth issue themed “Departures & Destinations.” The journal editors are looking for poems, short stories, flash fiction, micro-essays, creative nonfiction, one-act plays, short screenplays, excerpts from full-length plays/screenplays, novel chapters, critical essays, book/film/play reviews, and visual artworks that discuss and problematize:
1. depictions on the various modes of transportation and travelling in literature (may include but not limited to outcomes of the jeepney phase-out, the plight of the commuters, and a critique on the transportation system);
2. “othered” spaces such as landscape/seascape/skyscape, (material/spiritual) culture, languages, heritage, and geopolitics;
3. issues of migration, immigration, diaspora, and displacement (may include but not limited to Lumad and Moro peoples’ displacement due to militarization and development aggression);
4. intersections of ethnicity, socioeconomic class, physical/mental (dis)ability, and gender identity in transport and travelling; and
5. relevant topics such as flanerie and the tourist-as-dilettante.
Contributions from (1) those who are born and/or based in Northern Mindanao and (2) those who are residing in the country (outside Northern Mindanao) or in diaspora whose works are about, set in, or relevant to the region are welcome.
Submissions should be original and previously unpublished works in Binisaya, (Tagalog-based) Filipino, and English, or a combination of these three languages. Literary works in Higaonon and Meranaw languages are welcome and should be accompanied with a translation to any of the previously mentioned languages.
Interested writers may send in:
1. Poetry: 2 to 3 poems (written for the page or for performance);
2. Fiction: 1 short story (1500 to 3000 words), 1 chapter from a novel (2000 to 5000 words) with a synopsis, or 2 works of flash fiction (500 to 1500 words each);
3. Creative Nonfiction and Literary Essay: 1 creative nonfiction (1500 to 3000 words) such as nonfiction memoir, personal essay, travel writing, lyric essay, literary journalism, or other hybridized forms, or 2 works of flash nonfiction/micro-essays (500 to 1500 words each);
4. Drama: 1 one-act play, 1 short screenplay, or an excerpt from a full-length play or screenplay (up to 30 pages).
Theme-related critical essays (2000 to 5000 words) on Mindanao literature and Mindanao Studies, and reviews (1000 to 2500 words) of books, plays, and films by Mindanaoan writers and filmmakers are also welcome. Visual artworks such as paintings, illustrations, graphic design, digital photography, and typography may also be submitted.
Send manuscripts (font size 12 Times New Roman in MS Word format) and visual artworks (JPEG/PNG format) as email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org together with a curriculum vitae and a cover letter indicating the author’s full name, mobile number, and short bionote (200 to 250 words). Submissions that do not follow the prescribed format will not be considered.
This issue attempts to shed light on today’s contemporary literary productions whose voices are stemmed from multicultural origins and influences due to the archipelagic circumstances of the country. As the journal’s thrust is to veer away from the framework of the “national” and semblances of centralized institutions which marginalize literary productions from the “regions,” the fifth issue is a space for such works.
Deadline of submissions is 25 September 2018, 11:59 PM.
Letters of acceptance and rejection will be sent weeks after the deadline. Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the issue and will retain the copyright of their works.
Issue 5: “Departures & Destinations” will be launched on December 2018.
To order copies of Issue 3: “Sendong” and Issue 4: “Mental Disorders,” email the publisher at email@example.com.
The Bulawan Literary Journal of Northern Mindanao is the flagship publication of writers collective Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC) and is published under NAGMAC’s indie press Bulawan Books.