The UP Institute of Creative Writing (ICW) is now accepting submissions for the 15th issue of Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature. As with previous years, the journal will be made available online and will be accessible even if most operations remain online.

The Philippines’ leading literary peer-reviewed journal, the Likhaan Journal is published annually with funding from the University of the Philippines. It features the best of new and unpublished Philippine writing in English and Filipino, and is open to all Filipinos, whether based in the country or based abroad. Submissions to the journal undergo a strict pre-screening and double-blind refereeing process by both the editors and a panel of referees composed of eminent writers and critics from within and outside UP.

Prof. Joey Baquiran will be the editor for this issue, with Prof. Anna Felicia Sanchez and Prof. Vim Nadera as the associate editors.

Romulo”Joey” P. Baquiran, Jr. is a poet and essayist, as well as a professor of creative writing at the UP College of Arts and Letters. He has translated plays like Shakespeare’s work in Filipino, and has also edited books such as the collection of contemporary stories Kuwentong Siyudad. His book Onyx bagged the National Book Award in 2003. Baquiran is a member of LIRA, Katha and Oragon Poets Circle.

Anna Felicia Sanchez is a fictionist and nonfictionist, who has authored the fiction collection How to Pacify a Distraught Infant and the forthcoming Pics or It Didn’t Happen. She is a professor of creative writing under the Department of English and Comparative Literature in UP Diliman. Her stories have bagged awards such as the Palanca and Amelia-Lapeña Bonifaco literary awards. She has also published works under the pen name Anna Ishikawa.

Victor Emmanuel Carmelo “Vim” Nadera is an award-winning poet, fictionist, playwright, and essayist. He is also a Professor 3 from the University of the Philippines Diliman. After taking his B.S. and M.A. in Psychology from the University of Santo Tomas, he became an expressive arts therapist to cancer survivors, persons with AIDS (PWD), drug patients, “comfort women,” streetkids, as well as victims of abuse, calamities, and grief. He continues to promote poetry therapy.


The guidelines for submission are as follows:

1. Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature accepts submissions in the following genres, in both English and Filipino:

  • Short stories ranging from about 12 to 20 pages (about 4,000 to 7,500 words) double-spaced, in 12 points Times Roman, New York, Palatino, Book Antique, Arial or similar fonts. A suite of short prose pieces will be considered.
  • A suite of four to seven poems, out of which the editors might choose three to five. Long poems will be considered in lieu of a suite.
  • Literary and personal essays, including memoirs, profiles, etc., subject to the same length limitations as short stories (see above).
  • Critical/scholarly essays, subject to the same length limitations as short stories (see above).
  • Excerpts from graphic novels, or full, short graphic stories, for reproduction in black and white on no more than 10 printed pages, 6” x 9.” Excerpts should be accompanied by a synopsis of the full narrative.
  • Scripts for plays, and chapters and excerpts of novels, works that are published and soon-to-be-published, and works-in-progress will not be accepted. The works must also not have been submitted elsewhere for consideration.

2. All submissions must be original and previously unpublished.

3. All submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter (including the author’s contact information) and a biographical sketch of no more than one or two short paragraphs.

4. Submissions may be e-mailed to [email protected] please use the following subject line and filename format: [Language], [Genre], [Title], [Author’s Last Name]. For example: English, Fiction, “The Life,” Aquino. The attachment should either be a .DOC, .DOCX or .RTF file

5. All submissions should be received (whether by e-mail or post) no later than April 30, 2021.

All submissions will undergo a strict pre-screening and blind refereeing process by the editors, and a panel of referees composed of eminent writers and critics from within and outside the University of the Philippines.

Writers whose work will be accepted for publication will receive cash payment and a copy of the published journal.

The editors reserve the right to edit any and all materials accepted for publication. The editors may also solicit or commission special, non-refereed articles for publication outside of the aforementioned genres and categories to enhance the editorial content and balance of the journal.