Fifteeen PRS 11 fellows announced

From more than 130 entries, 15 fellows are chosen to join the 11th Palihang Rogelio Sicat on 16 -20 May, 2018 in Baguio.

The fellows are: Ricardo G. Patriarca of Cavite, and Kristinne Nigel Cenosin Santos of Malolos, Bulacan (Drama); Wilmor L. Pacay III of Makati (Flash Fiction); Charmaine Lasar of Sto. Tomas Batangas, Mubarak M. Tahir of Davao, Rene Boy Abiva of Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija,  and Rya Celine C. Ducusin of Marikina (Short Story); Mary Marvilyn M. Magalang of Marinduque (Essay); and Arvy Rose B. Mena of Quezon City, Glen Ayala Sales of San Pablo, Laguna, Michael Thomas M. Nelmida of Caloocan, Roy V. Aragon of Cagayan, Joy Vencel T. Osela of Lucena, Quezon, Abner E. Dormiendo of Antipolo, and Paterno Baloloy of Calauag, Quezon (Poetry).

PRS 11 trainors include Baguio writers (Malou Jacob, Frank Cimatu, Luchie Maranan, Chit Balmaceda, and Junley Lazaga), guest panelists (Jess Santiago, Jowie delos Reyes and Choi Pangilinan),  and UP Department of Filipino faculty members (Eugene Evasco, Joey Baquiran, Luna Sicat, Rommel Rodriguez, and Ferdinand Jarin).

Dr. Jimmuel Naval, PRS workshop co-founder, said “Many applicants are worthy of joining but the slots are limited to fifteen. We will do our best to increase financial support so we can welcome more writers in the future.”

PRS distinguishes itself as writing workshop that primarily employs the national language. The UP Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature (UP-DFPL) sponsors PRS in cooperation with Office of the President, University of the Philippines and the UP Sentro ng Wikang Filipino.

Contact person : Reuel Molina Aguila (Tagapagtatag ng PRS, Guro ng DFPP,

Fellows to the 16th Ateneo National Writers Workshop Announced

The Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP) has selected 12 fellows for the 16th Ateneo National Writers Workshop (ANWW), to be held at the Ateneo de Manila University from May 28 to June 1, 2018.

ANWW is the flagship project of the Creative Writing Desk of AILAP. Annually, 10 to 16 fellowships are given to young writers from around the country who wish to undergo a week of intensive training in their respective genres, namely fiction, poetry, and essay. This year, ANWW has accepted fellows whose works are discursively engaged with landscape/seascape/cityscape.

In addition to the workshop sessions, the fellows will attend talks and participate in discussions exploring discourses on literature and Philippine topography.

The fellows for the 16th ANWW are:

China Pearl Patria M. De Vera (Quezon City)
Joel Donato Jacob (Bay, Laguna)
Christian Lemuel M. Magaling (Bulacan)

Jayson V. Fajardo (Quezon City)
Eugene C. Soyosa (Taguig City)

Princess S. Calacala (San Miguel, Bulacan)

Arielle A. Abrigo (Antipolo City)
Maria Isabel P. Cabal (Manila)
Ian Derf C. Salvaña (Davao City)

Kaisa Aquino (Quezon City)
Sigrid Marianne P. Gayangos (Quezon City)

Rhounee Ron Kevin D. Frany (Cabanatuan City)

This year’s workshop director is Christian Benitez.

For queries, write to Christian Benitez, at, or call at (02)4266001, loc. 5320/5321.

Palihang Rogelio Sicat 11 Now Accepting Applications

This year the One Act Play is included among the genre accepted to the Palihang Rogelio Sicat (PRS), now on its 11th year.

Applicants can send in any of the following: five poems, two short stories (10-25 pages), two children’s stories (5 – 10pp), five flash fiction, two essays (10 – 25pp), and/or a one act play (30 – 45 running time).

Entries must be in Arial or Times Roman 12, 1 ½ spaces. Enclose a bionote, with full name, address, contact details at school and/or office, publications, and awards. Include a colored photograph of yourself.

Please send entries to until Abril 10, 2018.

The workshop will be held in UP Baguio on 16 -20 Mayo 2018. Fifteen (15) slots are available.

PRS is the national writing workshop which conducts sessions in Filipino, the national language. Works written in other languages like Ilokano, Cebuano, Kapampangan, and others must be accompanied with their Filipino versions.

The UP Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature spearheads PRS 11in cooperation with the Office of the President, University of the Philippines, and UP Baguio.


Call for Submissions: 15th Lamiraw Creative Writing Workshop

The Visayas State University (VSU) and the Katig Writers Network Inc., in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), invite applicants to the 15th Lamiraw Creative Writing Workshop on August 10-12, 2018 at the main campus of Visayas State University, Visca, Baybay City, Leyte.

Lamiraw Workshop is a multilingual literary writing workshop run by Katig Writers Network Inc. which is toured every year in state universities across Samar and Leyte. It fosters revival of local languages and inter-regional writers’ exchange, targeting both aspiring and practicing writers who would like to hone their craft in poetry, fiction, the essay, and drama. This year, 10 slots for Eastern Visayas are up for grabs: (3) for Waray, (3) Sebuano (for Western and Southern Leyte writers), (2) Inabaknon for Capul, N. Samar, (2) English, and (5) slots for returning fellows by invitation.

Works submitted for the selection process must be unpublished and not yet submitted to other workshop screenings in the country. Applicants may submit any or a combination of the following: 5 poems, 1 short story, 1 essay or 1 one-act play. Font type must be Times New Roman and font size must be 12. Returning fellows will have to present their ongoing book project and their poetics.

The fellowship includes subsidy for board and lodging, proportional transportation allowance, a visit to the VSU Natural History Museum, an eco-tour at the VSU Rainforestation Demo Farm, and a visit to the Ormoc City Hall for the Day 2 workshop.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Dinah Roma of De La Salle University (DLSU). Among the panelists who will be joining the keynote speaker in the workshop critiquing are:

  1. Merlie Alunan – Professor Emeritus of the UP System
  2. Antonino De Veyra – UP Mindanao
  3. Timothy Montes – De La Salle University (DLSU)
  4. Jerry Gracio – Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF)
  5. Michael Villas – Visayas State University (VSU)
  6. Daryll Delgado – Multi-awarded writer/Katig member
  7. Yvonne Esperas – ExeCon member – National Committee on Literary Arts
  8. Voltaire Oyzon – Leyte Normal University (LNU)
  9. Lucien Letaba – Multi-awarded composer/lyricist/graphics artist
  10. Harold Mercurio – Northwest Samar State University (NwSSU)

Applicants should fill out and send the 15th Lamiraw official application form together with the soft copy of their works in MS Word format to Kindly include a scanned 2×2 picture of the applicant. Deadline for submission is on June 15, 2018.  Fellows who will qualify will be informed through email or by phone. For inquiries, email to

Call for Submissions: 8th Saringsing National Writers Workshop

The Parasurat Bikolnon Inc. is inviting aspiring writers with Bikolnon roots who are based within the archipelago to the 8th Saringsing National Writers Workshop to be held from April 14 to 17, 2018 at Buhi, Camarines Sur.

The focus of this year’s workshop is children’s literature; thus, applicants should submit original works written in any Bikol languages either of the following genres: 3 rawitdawit pan-aki (poetry for children), 2 usipon pan-aki (short story for children), or 1 sarong tagbong drama pan-entablado na pan-aki (one-act play for children) in 12 pt. Arial (MSWord) double space with one inch margins.

All entries must be accompanied with a letter of intent and a short bionote, and must be sent to on or before March 31, 2018.

Ten (10) applicants will be chosen for the workshop fellowships with free board and lodging.

The panelists include resident critics Honesto Pesimo Jr., Marissa Redburn, Jerome Hipolito, Elbert Baeta, Clinton Abilong, Marvin Aquino, Jusán Misólas, Julius Bulahan, and Irvin Sto. Tomas. The invited speakers are NCCA Literary Arts representative for Southern Luzon H. Francisco Peñones Jr., award-winning writers Estelito Jacob, Eilyn Nidea, and Irmina Torres, to name a few. Ryan Cuatrona is this year’s workshop director.

Call for Submissions: Cavite Young Writers Workshop (CYWW)

The First Cavite Young Writers Workshop aims to help beginning writers to hone their craft through lectures and peer-critiquing sessions. The workshop will last for four (4) weekends of April and accepted fellows are expected to attend all of the sessions, otherwise they will forfeit their slot for the workshop and CYWA’s next big project: Lóngos, a zine project for the fellows which was launched last BLTX 2017. The workshop is free and as much as the CYWW screening committee would want to have more participants to attend, CYWW will only accept fifteen (15) fellows at most. They are also expected to be willing to travel to Bacoor, Cavite at their own expense.

CYWW will cater to two categories— short story and poetry— and aspiring fellows are only allowed to submit to only one (1) category, in either English or Filipino. Applicants are free to choose whichever topic they would want to discuss in their pieces.

An entry for the short story category must at least have 2,000 but no more than 5,000 words. It should be typewritten in .doc or .docx format, using either Times New Roman or Book Antiqua as the typeface with 12pts as size, double-spaced with one (1) inch margin on all sides, and it should be on a letter size paper (8.5” x 11”) with pagination that bears the title of the piece (e.g. TITLE page 1 of x).

An entry for the poetry category must at least have three (3) but no more than (5) poems. It should be typewritten in .doc or .docx format, using either Times New Roman or Book Antiqua as the typeface with 12pts as size, single-spaced with one (1) inch margin on all sides, and it should be on a letter size paper (8.5” x 11”) with pagination that bears the title of the cycle or collection (e.g. TITLE page 1 of x).

The name or any identifying marks of the author, which may include but not limited to a pseudonym, should not be written on the entry. Entries should be attached and sent to with a subject line bearing the category and surname of the applicant (e.g. SHORT STORY Villasin or POETRY Valdez). The email should also include (which may be written on the body of the email or attached as a separate word file) the applicant’s whole name, address, contact number, a 2×2 photo of the applicant (attached in the email), and a short bionote on the applicant’s background in writing. The deadline of submission is on 28 February 2018, no later than 11:59pm.

Failure to comply with mechanics may disqualify an applicant and their entry.

All entries should be original and not a translation of any existing piece, published or otherwise. Should the CYWW screening committee finds an applicant guilty of plagiarism, the entry will be automatically disqualified and the author banned from participating in other CYWA projects.

Standby for further announcements. For inquiries, PM us through this page or with the aforementioned email address.

Call for Emerging Writers from Visayas and Mindanao: BATHALAD-Sugbo’s 2nd Kagis Creative Writers’ Workshop

The Bathalan-ong Halad sa Dagang-Sugbo (BATHALAD-Sugbo), in partnership with the Libulan Queer Collective, a writers bloc of queer poets, essayists, fictionists, and playwrights from the southern Philippines, is now accepting applications for the 2nd Kagis Creative Writers’ Workshop to be held from 21 to 22 April 2018 at Handuraw Pizza, White Gold Annex Building, White Gold Club, North Reclamation Area in Cebu City.

This year, twelve (12) fellowships are available to emerging writers from Visayas and Mindanao. Non-Cebu-based applicants, if selected, shall shoulder the expenses entailed by food, accommodation, and transportation during the duration of the event. The fellows will be provided with food and workshop materials. The workshop’s screening committee shall also choose ten (10) observers from the shortlisted applicants to witness and engage in the workshop.

To be considered, submissions in Sugboanong Binisaya and/or English must consist of any of the following:

  • Poetry: a suite of five (5) poems;
  • Fiction: one (1) short story or three (3) works of flash fiction;
  • Creative nonfiction: one (1) creative nonfiction or three (3) works of flash nonfiction;
  • Drama: one (1) one-act play

All manuscripts should be previously unpublished and have not been included in creative writing thesis. Alumni of any national writers’ workshop are not eligible to apply. The general theme for works to be submitted this year is on the ‘ecocritical’—works that discuss climate change, global warming, and natural/man-made disasters in the locale; affinity to rural/urban homelands; and individualized/collective displacement narratives in the aftermaths—but is not confined only to these themes.

Applicants may send in (1) manuscripts in MS Word format (font Arial or Times New Roman, size 12, double-spaced on 8.5 x 11 bond paper), (2) comprehensive curriculum vitae (which should indicate applicant’s active mobile number, permanent and home address, educational background, and birth date), (3) one-page narrative of forthcoming and/or ongoing literary projects in school or community, and (4) one-page essay answering the question “Why do you write?”.

Send submissions with subject “KAGIS_LastName_MI_FirstName_Genre” (example: KAGIS_Dela Cruz_H_Juan_Creative nonfiction) to on or before 16 March 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Call for Applications: 16th Ateneo National Writers Workshop

The Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP) is accepting applications for the 16th Ateneo National Writers Workshop (ANWW16), to be held from May 28 to June 1, 2018 at the Ateneo de Manila University.


Interested applicants must submit a portfolio of any of the following: (a) five poems; (b) three short stories; or (c) three literary essays. The portfolios may be in written in Filipino or English. Each portfolio should be computerized on 8.5 x 11” bond paper, with 1” margin on all sides, in Times New Roman, size 12, double-spaced. The page number must be indicated at the footer.


The portfolio must have a title page bearing the author’s pseudonym and a table of contents. The author’s real name should not appear anywhere in the portfolio. Portfolios should be submitted in both PDF and Word formats, along with separate PDF and Word versions of the accomplished application form. The application form may be downloaded at


ANWW16 encourages applications from those whose writings are preoccupied with landscape, seascape, and cityscape.


Applications may be emailed to with the subject “ANWW16” and the applicant’s genre (e.g., “ANWW16: POETRY”).


Alternatively, submissions may be mailed to AILAP ℅ Department of Filipino, School of Humanities, 3/F Dela Costa Bldg., Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108. Portfolios sent via postal or courier service to AILAP must be in triplicate, and must be accompanied by a CD containing the portfolio and accomplished application form in PDF and Word formats.


The deadline of submission is Feb. 16, 2018. Twelve fellows will be chosen from all over the country. Food and accommodations will be provided. For more information, call 426-6001 loc. 5320 or e-mail or

Call for Emerging Writers from Central Visayas: The 2018 Cebu Young Writers’ Studio

The Libulan Queer Collective, a writers’ bloc of queer poets, essayists, fictionists, and playwrights from the southern Philippines, in partnership with Kagis Bisaya and YOUTeacH Philippines-Central Visayas, is now accepting applications to the 2018 Cebu Young Writers’ Studio to be held in January 2018 at the University of Cebu-Banilad at Gov M Cuenco Ave, Cebu City.

The Cebu Young Writers’ Studio, an adaptation of the Cagayan de Oro Young Writers’ Studio, is an annual creative writing fellowship for 14 of the most promising emerging poets, fictionists, and essayists born and/or based in Central Visayas — Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor. Fellowships are available per genre — poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. (Applicants may apply for more than one genre.)

To be eligible, an applicant must (1) be born and/or based in any of the provinces of Central Visayas and (2) not have attended any regional and national writers’ workshops organized by reputable creative writing centers and institutes.

Entries (original and unpublished works) in Binisaya and/or English shall be composed of any of the following:

  • For a Poetry fellowship: 4 poems (not more than 60 lines each); or
  • For a Fiction fellowship: 2 short stories (2000 to 5000 words each) of any genre; or 1 novel chapter (3000 to 6000 words each) with a synopsis; or 3 flash fiction (500 to 1500 words each); or
  • For a Creative Nonfiction fellowship: 2 works of creative nonfiction (2000 to 5000 words each) such as nonfiction memoir, personal essays, travel writing, or other hybridized forms; or 3 micro-essays (500 to 1500 words each).

The general theme for works to be submitted this year is on ‘places and placelessness’—literary pieces that discuss homelands, neighborhoods, place-attachment/place-making, diaspora, displacement, and others—but is not confined only to these themes.

This creative writing fellowship will include critiquing sessions, craft lectures, and other parallel activities to be facilitated by writers from the Libulan Queer Collective — poet-fictionist Jessrel E Gilbuena, poet-essayist Adonis Enricuso, and essayist-editor Alton Melvar Dapanas, with fictionist and editor R Joseph Dazo as the workshop director. Other local writers will also serve as guest panelists.

The Cebu Young Writers’ Studio aims to initiate a creative writing culture of mentorship and critiquing in the region and institutionalize an open training platform for beginners of the creative writing craft. It is envisioned to complement with the annual Bathalad-Kagis Creative Writing Workshop.

Accepted fellows will be provided with a certificate, lunch, and snacks. (There is no registration fee but fellows, if accepted, will shoulder their own transportation and accommodation expenses to and from the venue during the whole duration of the workshop.)

Electronic copies, in MS Word format, Garamond font 12, of the manuscript may be emailed to libulanqueercollective [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject Genre_CYWS (example, CNF_CYWS). The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. On the email’s body, kindly put your full name, address (within Central Visayas), institutional affiliation (workplace and/or school), mobile number, and a short bio note (150-300 words in the third person).

Deadline for the submission of manuscripts is on 15 December 2017. All inquiries must be addressed to the workshop director through the indicated email address.

Senior high school/college teachers of Literature/Panitikan and Creative Writing/Malikhaing Pagsulat courses who wish to observe the sessions may send a letter of intent to the workshop director through the email.

The Libulan Queer Collective is the writers’ bloc behind the forthcoming Libulan: Binisaya Anthology of Queer Literature and the soon-to-be launched online literary journal Payag Habagatan: New Writings from the South.

Kataga-Quezon City, tumatanggap na muli ng mga aplikante


Ang Kataga-Quezon City, isa sa mga sangay ng Kataga, Samahan ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas, Inc., ay tumatanggap na ng aplikasyon para sa mga magiging Kandidatong Kasapi. Ang mga Kandidatong Kasapi ay sasanayin sa sining ng malikhaing pagsulat, kasaysayan ng panitikan at lipunan, at pananaw sa pagsusulat. Ang pagsasanay ay magsisimula sa Nobyembre 18, 2017 at magtatapos sa gawing Marso 2018.

Bukas ang aplikasyon–at higit ang paghihikayat–sa mga interesadong manunulat mula 18 taong gulang pataas na taga-Quezon City o nagtatrabaho sa nasabing lungsod, propesyunal at/o nasa propesyon ng pagtuturo.

Maaaring magpasa ng alinman sa mga sumusunod: limang (5) tula o tulang pambata; tatlo hanggang limang (3-5) dagli, dalawang (2) sanaysay; dalawang (2) maikling kuwento o kuwentong pambata; isang (1) yugtong dula, o isang (1) iskrip pampelikula. Sampu hanggang labinlimang (10-15) pahina lamang sa bawat kuwento o sanaysay.

Lakipan ang mga ipapasang akda ng isang (1) pahinang sanaysay tungkol sa sariling poetika (bakit nagsusulat, ano ang isinusulat, at para kanino nagsusulat) at maikling biodata na may contact information at retrato (1”x1” o 2”x2”).

Ang mga manuskrito ay i-set sa format na Arial o Times New Roman font type, 12 font size, double-spaced, may line numbers at page numbers, sa 8.5 x11 na dokumento.

Ipadala ang aplikasyon at anumang katanungan sa Ang deadline ng aplikasyon ay Nobyembre 4, 2017 (Sabado).  

Ang makakapasa o makakatapos ng pag-aaral ay magiging ganap na kasapi ng Kataga-Quezon City.