68th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Winners 2018

The 68th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature honored the authors of the competition’s winning entries Oct. 6 at the Peninsula Manila in Makati City.

Twenty-eight of the 54 winners were first-time awardees. Two authors each bagged prizes in two separate categories.

Multi-awarded writer Alfred “Krip” Yuson served as the speaker and guest of honor in this year’s awarding ceremony. Yuson is a recipient of 13 Palanca Awards across various categories and was elevated to the Palanca Hall of Fame in 2001.

Named after businessman and philanthropist Don Carlos Palanca Sr., the Palanca Awards continuously seeks to cultivate Philippine Literature by providing incentives for writers and serving as a treasury of these literary gems.

Following is the list of winners of the 68th Palanca Awards:



1st Prize, Jack Lorenz Acebedo Rivera (Paglaya Mula sa Pagtakas)
2nd Prize Jacob Renz R. Ambrocio (Sino ang Lumansag sa Lunday ni Lola Basyang?)
3rd Prize Maria Jamaica S. Columbres (Gulugod sa Pagsibol ng Binhi)


1st Prize Floriane T. Taruc (Worlds Behind Words)
2nd Prize Jaz Varon Villanueva (Boundless)
3rd Prize Jana Gillian Ang (A Passage to Reading)



1st Prize Eugene C. Soyosa (Gina)
2nd Prize Andrew A. Estacio (Ang Kanonisasyon ng mga Santa Santino)
3rd Prize Luna Sicat Cleto (Tatlong Proposisyon ng Puting Hangin)


1st Prize Jerwin Eileen G.C. Tarnate (Ang Higad at ang Paru-paro)
2nd Prize Eugene Y. Evasco (Siyap ng Isang Sisiw)
3rd Prize Early Sol A. Gadong (Maraming-Maraming-Marami)


1st Prize Engr. Gil A. Dulon Jr. (Amoral Ang Siyensya Subalit May Boses Din Ang Mga Maso)
2nd Prize Adelma L. Salvador (Kambak-kambak)
3rd Prize Iza Maria G. Reyes (Hindi Ako Dalisay)


1st Prize Paul Alcoseba Castillo (Luna’t Lunas)
2nd Prize Mark Anthony S. Angeles (Ang Babae sa Balangiga at iba pang Tula)
3rd Prize Noel Galon (Ang Bata sa Panahon ng Ligalig: Mga Tula sa loob at labas ng Bayan ng San Diego)


1st Prize Paterno B. Baloloy Jr. (Paumanhin ng Kuting)
2nd Prize Will P. Ortiz (Himbing na Kuting at iba pang Tula sa Ilalim ng Araw)
3rd Prize Noel P. Tuazon (Klik Madyik)


1st Prize Michelle Josephine G. Rivera (Kaharian ng Pinto)
2nd Prize Maynard Gonzales Manansala (Tao Po)
3rd Prize Allan B. Lopez (River Lethe)


3rd Prize Rolin Cadallo Obina San Nicolas (Ang Sarsuwela)


1st Prize James Ladioray (11 Septembers)
2nd Prize Arden Rod B. Condez (John Denver Trending)
3rd Prize Andrian M. Legaspi (Pandanggo sa Hukay)



1st Prize Januar E. Yap (Baradero)
2nd Prize Dave T. Pregoner ( Sunog)
3rd Prize Leoncio P. Deriada (Dili Baya ko Bugoy)


1st Prize Early Sol A. Gadong (Sa Lum-ok Sang Imo Suso)
2nd Prize Alice Tan Gonzales (Haya)
3rd Prize Dulce Maria V. Deriada (Candelaria)


1st Prize Ariel Sotelo Tabag (Gasanggasat)
2nd Prize Paul Blanco Zafaralla (Sarming)
3rd Prize Jaime M. Agpalo Jr. (Nakakidem-a-Simumulagat)



1st Prize Joe Bert Lazarte (Describe the Rapture)
2nd Prize Francis Paolo M. Quina (Pigs)
3rd Prize Matthew Jacob F. Ramos (The Final Bullet)


1st Prize NO WINNER
2nd Prize NO WINNER
3rd Prize Maryrose Jairene Cruz-Eusebio (I have Two Mothers)


1st Prize Jefry Canoy (Buhay Pa Kami: Dispatches from Marawi)
2nd Prize Ronnie E. Baticulon (Some Days You Can’t Save Them All)
3rd Prize Chuck D. Smith (Origin Story)


1st Prize Rodrigo V. Dela Peña Jr. (Self-portrait with Plastic Bag)
2nd Prize Shane Carreon (The Gods who Dissolved under our Tongues and other Poems)
3rd Prize Jose Luis B. Pablo (To Desire in Liturgy)


1st Prize Maria Amparo Nolasco Warren (Lola Elina Maria’s Savory-Sweet Cookbook)
2nd Prize Sigrid Marianne P. Gayangos (Of Monsters, Math and Magic)
3rd Prize Roselle Eloise B. Bunayog (Brave, Undying Warriors)


1st Prize Katrina M. Bonillo (Burying Mamang in Sugar)
2nd Prize Joe Bert Lazarte (Senator Pancho Aunor’s Blue Balls of Despair and Disillusionment)
3rd Prize Luciano Sonny O. Valencia (Leavings)


1st Prize Beryl Andrea P. Delicana (Mango Tree)
2nd Prize Patrick James M. Valera (Symphony)
3rd Prize Dominique La Victoria (Toward the Fires of Revolution)

Likhaan Foundation Creative Writing Scholarship now accepting applications

LIKHAAN: The UP Institute of Creative Writing through the generous support of the Likhaan Foundation is offering the Likhaan Foundation Creative Writing Scholarship to deserving students this academic year, 2018-19.

The scholarship is open to all students of MA Creative Writing or Malikhaing Pagsulat who are in good standing and on the thesis stage of their studies. The scholarship is meant to help students with the completion of their thesis over the prescribed one year-period (two academic semesters).

The Likhaan Foundation Scholarship will grant to the successful applicants Php 20,000 during the thesis proposal semester and PhP30,000 during the final thesis defense semester.

The qualified applicants must submit a referral letter from one of their professors, verifying their abilities in the field, and, most of all, their determination to finish their degree. Each applicant will be evaluated on the basis of their literary merit and financial need. The scholar must submit a report of completion at the end of every semester.

If they fail to finish the requirements during the prescribed semester, they must write a letter of explanation to the donor (the Likhaan Foundation) and the Director of the UP Institute of Creative Writing, Dr. Roland B. Tolentino. The request to renew/extend the scholarship shall be deliberated upon by both parties.

The applicant cannot re-apply for the scholarship once the UP ICW and the Likhaan Foundation has found his/her situation not on a par with the qualities of a scholar. The Likhaan Foundation can revoke the support once the student fails to meet the standards set by the scholarship policy.

Interested students should submit their applications to the Institute of Creative Writing, Room 3200, Pavilion III, Palma Hall, UP Diliman. Look for Ronnie or Glo.

Mga nagwagi sa Gawad Kataga sa Pagsulat ng Dagli

Isang dumadagundong na pagbati sa mga nagwagi sa kauna-unahang Gawad Kataga sa Pagsulat ng Dagli!

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Ikalawang gantimpala

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Ikatlong Gantimpala

Ang Lupon ng Inampalan ay binubuo nina Jack Alvarez (Stefani J Alvarez) ng Kataga-Online, Eros Atalia, at Isaac Ali Tapar, kasalukuyang Pangulo ng Kataga. Sina Jan Henry M. Choa Jr. at Abby Pariente ang nagsilbing pangkalahatang tagapangasiwa ng Gawad.

Gaganapin sa Sabado, Setyembre 29, ang paggagawad ng tropeo, premyong salapi, at sertipiko sa mga nagwagi. Maraming salamat sa 75 kataong nagpadala ng lahok! Hanggang sa susunod na Gawad! #KATAGAIsangDekada

Call for Applications for Postdoctoral Early Career Researcher (ECR)

Postdoctoral Early Career Researcher (ECR)


Job Reference:
Grade/ Salary: £31,290.72 (38 months)
Contract Type: Fixed Term From 1 September, 2018 Until 31 October, 2021
Hours: Full Time
Location: University of the Philippines, Diliman


Closing date for applications: 31 August, 2018

Interviews: 3 September, 2018
Start Date: 7 September, 2018


University of the Philippines, Diliman

Established in 1908, the University of the Philippines (UP) is the country’s one and only national university. This leading institution of higher learning is a University System composed of eight constituent universities and one autonomous college spread throughout seventeen campuses across the archipelago. Home to Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development—as declared by the country’s Commission on Higher Education—the University of the Philippines is also the leading institution in gender and sexuality studies and advocacy, housing the System’s Center for Women’s and Gender Studies and individual Gender offices in all its constituent universities.


The project

The GCRF GlobalGRACE (Global Gender and Cultures of Equality) project employs interdisciplinary research, artistic interventions, curatorial research practice and public exhibitions to investigate and enable gender positive approaches to wellbeing internationally. Working with a consortium of researchers and NGOs in the UK, Bangladesh, Brazil, Mexico, Philippines and South Africa (the latter all DAC listed), the GlobalGRACE project will:

  1. Disclose through collaborative arts based research practices the different ways that intersecting inequalities impact on people’s lives and wellbeing.
  2. Identify the variety of ways that third sector organisations internationally collaborate with artists and deploy curatorial and arts based research practice to reduce harms and enhance people’s wellbeing.
  3. Explore whether, and if so how, those arts based practices are used more broadly to raise public awareness about and intervene in debates about intersecting forms of gendered inequalities.
  4. Curate and exhibit the art discovered and produced as part of the research as means both to reflect on and assess those practices and in turn to become a key site for the production of cultures of equality internationally.


We are appointing this post for a start on 1st September 2018.

Applicants are invited to submit a cover letter of no more than a page, foregrounding their expertise and suitability for the job, and a curriculum vitae of two to four pages.

For more information about the role, please contact Prof J. Neil Garcia, e-mail jneilgarcia@gmail.com.

Job description

Reporting to: Prof J. Neil Garcia



The Postdoctoral Early Career Researcher (ECR) for the Philippine Component of this Project will work under the day-to-day guidance of GlobalGRACE Work Package 4 lead Prof J. Neil C. Garcia (University of the Philippines Diliman Department of English and Comparative Literature), conducting research, facilitating translations, and performing workshop coordination and digital archiving duties and other activities to be found within Work Package 4 of the project, Making Life Lovable: Digital and Literary Productions of Cultures of Equality Among LGBT Young People in the Philippines, the aim of which is the following:


  1. Drawing from feminist and queer insights about the conditions of possibility for making life both livable and lovable, this package seeks to explore the ways that digital literacies and creative writing, as cultivated and enhanced in national and local Creative Writing Workshops, can be used to disclose, challenge, and artfully transfigure forms of discrimination and stigma that LGBT young people face in the Philippines, and the personal consequences of these on mental health and wellbeing.
  2. This package seeks to create new opportunities and prospects for bringing together and mobilising literary and creative writing practices more effectively across class and generation to enable a shift from public cultures of tolerance to that of rights and recognition.


Beyond the specific WP4 activities the ECR will be expected to work alongside the non-academic partner, Kate Ramil of YMCA San Pablo, and other GlobalGRACE team-members including: co-Directors Dr Suzanne Clisby and Dr Mark Johnson, Project Manager/Research Fellow Dr Jimmy Turner; and GlobalGRACE colleagues in all other work packages, based in Bangladesh, Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa. Throughout the 42 months of employment the ECR will be expected to travel to participate in meetings, training events, and research activities.

Main duties:

The duties and responsibilities outlined below are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. The post holder will be required to be flexible in her/his duties, including the necessity to travel regularly to GlobalGRACE partner countries throughout her/his 38 months in post:

  • To make a full active research contribution both individually and in collaboration with others to the project.
  • To conduct preparatory background research and ethical review for research in Work Package 4: Making Life Lovable: Digital and Literary Productions of Cultures of Equality Among LGBT Young People in the Philippines.
  • To conduct life history interviews with aspiring young LGBT writers in the Philippines, as they are identified in and affirmed by the national and local LGBT Creative Writing Workshops.
  • To be fully involved in the planning, organizing, and holding of the national and local LGBT Creative Writing Workshops.
  • To facilitate and oversee the documentation, recording, and organizing of the outputs of these Workshops.
  • Because the online archive of literary texts that will be produced by these Workshops is meant to be globally intelligible, the post holder will also be tasked to oversee if not actually inscribe the translations into English of all the Filipino manuscripts, right before they are published.
  • A qualified literary and cultural studies scholar, the post holder will also be expected to participate in the planning of the lectures on Philippine LGBT aesthetics—featuring, for each year, a “craft talk” to be given by an established Filipino LGBT writer—that will take place at the beginning of each national workshop.
  • The post holder will perform all the other duties expected of all researchers working for the GlobalGrace Consortium, such as publishing research outcomes in appropriate journals of international standing, and to disseminate the results of research and scholarship in other appropriate ways;
  • To attend and present research findings and papers at academic and professional conferences, and to contribute to the external visibility of the project;
  • To make field and other research materials available and accessible to the project team via protected shared computing facilities; and to maintain up-to-date electronic database of text, images and other media, including website news/blogs and other materials;
  • To contribute, via the digital archiving of the Workshop outputs, to the ‘Virtual Global Museum of Equalities.’
  • To participate in GlobalGRACE public engagement activities via social media and other channels;
  • To contribute fully to the research plans developed by both the package and the overall project teams, including providing information that may be required by the Department and Goldsmiths to monitor progress of staff research and to support the preparation of material required for the REF or similar activities;
  • To communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically (e.g. contributions to project website, draft project reports);
  • To help coordinate and attend project meetings and public facing activities which will be held at six monthly intervals in London (June 2018), Brazil (Spring 2019); the Philippines (Spring 2020); and South Africa (Spring 2021);
  • To participate in relevant professional duties;
  • To engage in appropriate professional development;
  • The post holder will be required to undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required;
  • Ensure that you are aware of and aligned with UP Diliman’s Regulations, Strategy, and Objectives to work together to proactively advance Equality and Diversity;
  • At all times to help maintain a safe working environment by participating in training as necessary and following the UP Health and Safety Codes of Practice and Policy.


Person Specification

Detailed below are the types of qualifications, experience, skills and knowledge which are required of the post holder. Selection will be made upon evidence of best-fit with these criteria.


The Essential criteria sections show the minimum essential requirements for the post, therefore if you cannot demonstrate in your application you meet the essential criteria categorised below, you will not be invited to interview.


The Desirable criteria sections show additional attributes which would enable the applicant to perform the role more effectively with little or no training.


The Category column indicates the method of assessment:


A = Application form         C = Certificate

                        I = Interview                      R = Reference

            T = Test / P = Presentation


Essential Criteria 1 – Qualifications
A PhD or near to completion in Literary or Cultural Studies, Creative Writing, Comparative Literature, Performance Studies, Translation Studies, and other related fields  

A, C

Desirable Criteria 1 – Qualifications
Qualifications in Literary or Cultural Research and Analysis or Translation Studies A, C
Essential Criteria 2 – Experience
Proven experience of organising, undertaking, and analysing literary and creative writing research relating to intersectional Queer / Gender Studies. A, I
Proven experience in a relevant research area, relating to the translation and analysis of literary texts (Anglophone and Filipino bilingualism or better is required) A, I
Publications and collaborative work in their field A, I
Previous workshop participation or coordination experience A, I
Evidence of excellence in career to date A, I
Desirable Criteria 2 – Experience
Practical experience of organizing, participating in, or panelling in creative writing workshops or literary conferences  

A, I

Practical experience in the production or study of literary translations A, I
Experience of web design and maintenance A, I
Experience of interdisciplinary research environment, including digital collaborative research environments A, I
Essential Criteria 3 – Knowledge
Knowledge of Literary Studies, Translation, and Creative Writing theories and methodologies  

A, I

Knowledge of the methodologies and theories associated with intersectional Queer, Gender and Feminist Studies A, I
Knowledge of decolonial and postcolonial theories and methodologies. A, I
Desirable Criteria 3 – Knowledge
Knowledge of Philippine Literatures A, I
Knowledge of social media and web based platforms A, I
Essential Criteria 4 – Skills
Ability to communicate clearly (verbally and in writing) A, I
Ability to work constructively and effectively within a team A, I
Ability to work independently A, I
Excellent research skills including proficiency in standard IT packages and bibliographic software A, I
Ability to prioritise a varied workload and work under pressure to meet deadlines while maintaining a high level of accuracy A, I
Desirable Criteria 4 – Skills
Filipino and other Philippine mother tongue language skills A, I
Additional attributes
Ability to travel to Brazil, South Africa and the UK throughout the 42 months of the contract. A, I
Supportive and tolerant A, I
Commitment to work constructively to meet the goals of the project A, I


Please also note that where qualifications are required, employment is conditional on the verification of them. Qualifications (must be original documents) will be checked on the first day of appointment.


February, 2018


68th Palanca Awards issues last call for entries

Calling all writers and aspiring Palanca awardees! With the deadline of submission set on 31 May 2018 until 6pm ONLY, participants are highly encouraged to send in their entries now.

Don’t wait until the last minute to submit your entries to the 68th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. As a reminder, you may submit only one entry per category. This year’s Palanca Awards is accepting entries for 20 categories:

·         English Division – Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, Poetry Written for Children, One-act Play, and Full-length Play;

·         Filipino Division – Maikling Kuwento, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Tulang Para sa mga Bata, Dulang May Isang Yugto, Dulang Ganap ang Haba, and Dulang Pampelikula;

·         Regional Languages Division – Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon, and Short Story-Ilokano;

·         Kabataan Division – Kabataan Essay and Kabataan Sanaysay

o   Kabataan Essay: “How will you encourage the Filipino youth to read more books?”

o   Kabataan Sanaysay: “Paano mo hihikayatin ang mga kabataang Pilipino na magbasa pa ng mga aklat?”

Entries may be submitted directly or by mail or courier to the Palanca Foundation office at Ground Floor, Greenbelt Excelsior Bldg., 105 C. Palanca Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City.

Winners will be honored in a special ceremony later this year.

For more information, visit the website www.palancaawards.com.ph or contact cpmawards@gmail.com / (632) 843-8277. Look for Ms. Leslie Layoso.

Imbitasyon sa Gawad Kataga

Sa pagdiriwang ng nalalapit na isang dekada ng Kataga, Samahan ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas, Inc., inihahandog ng KATAGA ang patimpalak na kikilala sa pinakamahuhusay na manunulat ng dagli sa buong bansa! Bukas ang patimpalak sa lahat ng manunulat na nagnanais magbahagi ng kuwentong may sinasabi. Tara na at sali na!

Maaaring i-download ang pormularyo para sa Gawad Kataga 2018 sa link na ito: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xP8_zp5yUf24gowwS8TYnaOUJKs54cgT/view

Call for Entries for 68th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature

The Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the longest-running and most prestigious literary contest in the country now on its 68th year, is now accepting entries to its regular categories as follows:

  • English Division – Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, Poetry Written for Children, One-act Play, and Full-length Play;
  • Filipino Division – Maikling Kuwento, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Tulang Para sa mga Bata, Dulang May Isang Yugto, Dulang Ganap ang Haba, and Dulang Pampelikula;
  • Regional Languages Division – Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon, and Short Story-Ilokano.

The Kabataan Division, the special youth categories open to persons below 18 years of age as of 31 May 2018, is also now open for entries. The theme for this year is “How will you encourage the Filipino youth to read more books?” (Kabataan Essay) and “Paano mo hihikayatin ang mga kabataang Pilipino na magbasa pa ng mga aklat?” (Kabataan Sanaysay).

All submissions must be printed copies, as specified in the Official Rules. The Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc. will not accept online or email submissions for all categories.

Contestants may submit only one entry per category. Published/produced works, which were first published or first produced between 01 May 2017 to 31 May 2018, and/or unpublished/unproduced works may be entered in the contest. Only unproduced works may be entered in the Dulang Pampelikula category. A work which has been awarded a prize in another contest before 12:00 m.n. of 31 May 2018 is not qualified for the awards.

The deadline of submission of entries is on 31 May 2018.

The Palanca Awards is open to all Filipino or former Filipino citizens of all ages, except current directors, officers, and employees of the Carlos Palanca Foundation. The Palanca Awards established in 1950 to honor the legacy of businessman and philanthropist Don Carlos Palanca Sr. aims to help develop Philippine literature by providing incentives for writers to craft their most outstanding literary work and to be a treasury of the Philippines’ literary gems from our gifted writers and to assist in its eventual dissemination to our people, particularly the students.

For official contest rules and forms, visit the Palanca Foundation office at Ground Floor, Greenbelt Excelsior Bldg., 105 C. Palanca Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City.

For inquiries and other concerns, participants may contact the CPMA office through email at cpmawards@gmail.com or at (632) 843-8277.

Call for Submissions: Kritika Kultura / ADMU Press First Book Prize (Deadline Extended to Apr. 7, 2018 / Final Call)

Kritika Kultura (KK), in partnership with the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) Press, is now seeking submissions for its first book prize.

Gina Apostol, award-winning novelist, will serve as the competition’s inaugural judge. Her achievements include the Juan Laya Prize for the Novel (Philippine National Book Award) for both Bibliolepsy and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata, which also won the biennial Gintong Aklat Award from the National Book Development Board. Her third novel, Gun Dealers’ Daughter, won the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize. Her fourth novel, The Unintended, will be out in the fall of 2018.

Apostol’s growing oeuvre is remarkably influenced by her scholarly interests. Lately, she has been researching the Filipino-American war and has found herself unable to write about it in a single novel. The Unintended is an intellectual concept-novel, though also a book of grief, using research on the Balangiga massacre and the Filipino-American war to reexamine contemporary times. During the Duterte era, a white moviemaker and a Waray translator write dueling scripts about Balangiga and test the reader on these questions—who should be telling what story, and what is the telling for? The Unintended is only 220 pages long. Meanwhile, William McKinley’s World, her work-in-progress, is not yet a third way done at 300 pages. It is a domestic family saga weaving together filial memory of growing up with a pro-Marcos family under martial law with the diaries of two brothers, one a collaborator and spy for Americans, the other a revolutionary, during our forgotten anti-colonial war against the Americans—one brother has to kill the other, but what is that dying for?

Apostol’s novels are marked for their articulation of history not only in the sense of what has already taken place, but also as unforeseen possibility. Her works ground the reader in familiar circumstances while simultaneously rethinking personal agency alongside historical urgency.

If she has one way of describing work that she enjoys, it would be work that has spine: the structure holds the parts together, whether it is a work of detection, or desire, or despair, or simply of the comic quotidian, or of daily life.

This book prize welcomes a variety of works: from a simple novel with run-of-the-mill characters who suddenly find themselves in a Jane Austen romance, to a young-adult anti-colonial ghost story. Likewise, submissions which leave nothing wanting by way of novelistic form, and which challenge the boundaries of both scholarship and fiction, are also welcome.

All told: although the competition is open to a range of thematic considerations and formal approaches, the winning work will be distinguished by a sense of completion and integrity, both in form and content.


Prize Guidelines

  1. Who May Submit

The first book prize is open to all Filipino citizens regardless of place of residence who have not published a book of fiction or have not entered a formal contract for publication of a book of fiction by the deadline for submission of manuscripts to this competition.

The following may also be eligible to join the competition:

  1. a.           Filipino writers who have published books in other genres or other disciplines;
  2. b.           Filipino writers who have published books of fiction with no ISBN.

These writers may submit their independently published work to the competition.

Staff and employees of KK and AdMU Press, including their family members and relatives up to the fourth degree of consanguinity or affinity, and incumbent students of the judge are disqualified from joining the competition.


  1. What May Be Submitted

Interested writers may submit a book-length (at least 49 pages) manuscript of fiction: a novel, a collection of short stories or flash fiction, or a cohesive gathering of works of various forms that may fall under the general classification of fiction. The manuscript must be written in English; translations into English from Filipino and other local languages are accepted, but the entirety of the original must be unpublished. Each writer may submit only one manuscript to the competition. The manuscript as a whole must be unpublished, but individual pieces within the manuscript may have been previously published. If applicable, include an acknowledgments page with publication credits in the manuscript. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers and contests are not permitted, although inquiries about the status of their submissions may be emailed to the organizers six months after the deadline has passed.


  1. How to Format the Manuscript and Where to Submit

Each manuscript must be submitted both in hard copy and electronically.

The hard copy (A4 paper size) must begin with a cover page that shows the manuscript’s title and the author’s name, address, telephone number, email address, and the word count of the manuscript. A second cover page must also be included, this time containing only the manuscript’s title and, if applicable, a table of contents. Please include a brief biography and, if applicable, a list of publication credits at the end of the manuscript, on a separate page. The manuscript must use a standard typeface in at least 11-point type; the manuscript may be 1.5-spaced or double-spaced. The hard copy of the manuscript must not be stapled or bound. Instead, the loose sheets must be placed inside an envelope.

Send the hard copy of the manuscript to:

Kritika Kultura
Department of English
School of Humanities
1/f De La Costa Hall
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108

Email the soft copy of the manuscript to kkliterary@gmail.com (cc: kk.soh@ateneo.edu). For both the subject heading of the email and the filename of the submission, the author’s last name and the words “Book Prize” must be mentioned (for instance, Cruz_Book Prize). The following must be placed as in-line text in the email: the author’s name, address, telephone number, email address, and a brief biography; the word count of the manuscript; and a list of publication credits. The soft copy needs only one cover page, which includes the manuscript’s title and, if applicable, a table of contents. The manuscript must be submitted as an attachment, in .docx or .pdf format.


  1. When to Submit

The hard copy of the submissions must be postmarked no later than Apr. 7, 2018 and the soft copy must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm (Philippine Standard Time) on Apr. 7, 2018.


  1. Announcement of Winner

The result will be announced on September 2018. The winning manuscript will be published by Ateneo de Manila University Press, and the author will receive a modest cash award.

Please address inquiries to kkliterary@gmail.com (cc: kk.soh@ateneo.edu).

Kritika Kultura is acknowledged by a host of Asian and Asian American Studies libraries and scholarly networks, and indexed in the MLA International Bibliography, Arts and Humanities Citation Index (Clarivate), Scopus, EBSCO, and the Directory of Open Access Journals.