Call for Submissions: Payag Habagatan Special Issue on Contemporary Philippine Poetry in Binisaya

Payag Habagatan: New Writings from the South, a countercanonical journal of contemporary literatures from Visayas and Mindanao, is now open for contributions to its Special Issue on Contemporary Philippine Poetry in Binisaya.

The issue editors Cindy Velasquez (poetry editor, Dan-ag Literary Journal of Central Visayas) and Ton Daposala (poetry editor, Bulawan Literary Journal of Northern Mindanao) are looking for poems written in Binisaya or ‘balak’ (on page and/or in performance). Contributions should come from emerging poets born and/or based in the southern Philippines.

The issue begins with the inquiries and interrogations on the ‘balak’ vis-a-vis 21st century Philippine literature in Binisaya and the problematizing of dominant aesthetics, style, and form of ‘balak’ produced by younger writers and published in local platforms. The editors are interested in the frontiers explored, the barriers breached, and the breaking of new or, in the words of Resil B Mojares, “native grounds where the poet stands”, in terms of the centuries-long poetic tradition of the ‘balak.’ More importantly, what is preferred are ‘balak’ that offer the future of the genre—new, emergent, disruptive, and unapologetically experimental.

Send manuscripts in Word format to with the subject heading “PH Balak Issue” before 1 August 2018. Include full name, home address in Visayas and Mindanao, mobile number, and short bionote in email’s body.

The issue will be published as a zine and will be sold in zine/chapbook fests and small press expos in Visayas and Mindanao. The profit will be divided among contributors and editors. Copyright of the individual poems remain with their respective authors.

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Payag Habagatan Espesyal nga Isyu sa Kontemporaryong Pilipinhong Pamalak

Ang Payag Habagatan: New Writings from the South, usa ka countercanonical nga diyurnal sa kontemporaryong katitikan gikan sa Kabisay-an ug Mindanao, bukas karon alang sa mga tampo sa Espesyal nga Isyu sa Kontemporaryong Balak.

Ang mga editor niini mao sila si Cindy Velasquez (editor sa balak, Dan-ag Literary Journal of Central Visayas) ug Ton Daposala (editor sa balak, Bulawan Literary Journal of Northern Mindanao) nangita karon og mga balak nga Binisaya (sa pahina man ug/o sa performance). Ang mga tampo kinahanglang maggikan sa sumusubang o batan-ong mga magbabalak nga nahimugso ug/o naggikan sa habagatang bahin sa nasod.

Kining maong isyu nagsugod sa mga pangutana ug interogasyon sa pamalak atubang sa ikakawhaag usa nga siglo sa Katitikang Pilipinhon sa Binisaya ug ang suliran sa dominanteng estetika, estilo, ug porma sa balak nga ginama sa batan-ong mga magsusulat ug sa napatik sa lokal nga mga bantawan (local platforms). Ang mga editor interesado sa mga balak nga mohibalag sa mga prontera, mitumpag sa mga babag, ug mipusgay sa bag-o kun, sa mga pulong pa ni Resil B Mojares, “netibong yuta diin nagbarog ang magbabalak”, ug sa taas nga mga siglo sa tradisyon sa pamalak. Ug labawng mahinungdanon, ang pagpangitag mga balak nga nagtanyag sa kaugmaon niining maong genre— bag-o, matuboon, mabaldahon, ug way kalisang sa pagsulay-sulay.

Ipadala ang inyong mga manuskrito nga Word ang pormat sa lakip na ang subject heading “PH Balak Issue” sa di pa ang 1 Agosto 2018. Apili og kompletong ngan, adres sa Kabisay-an o Mindanao, numero sa selpon, ug mubong bionote sa email’s body.

Kining maong isyu mapatik isip usa ka zine ug kini ibaligya sa zine/chapbook fests ug gagmayng mga press expo sa Kabisay-an ug Mindanao. Ang ganansiya bahin-bahinon sa mga magtatampo ug sa mga editor. Ang katungod sa pagpanag-iya sa mga balak magpabilin sa mga magtatampo.

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About the editors

Cindy Velasquez is the poetry editor of Dan-ag Literary Journal of Central Visayas. She has attended Cornelio Faigao Memorial Annual Writers Workshop, Iligan National Writers Workshop, J Elizalde Navarro National Arts Criticism Workshop, Iyas National Writers Workshop, and the Kritika National Workshop on Art and Cultural Criticism. She also serves as the editor for Binisaya of Bukambibig, a multilingual journal of spoken word and performance poetry. She is an assistant professor at the University of San Carlos in Cebu. Her poems have been published in local and national publications including the Sustaining the Archipelago: An Anthology of Philippine Ecopoetry (2018, UST Publishing House). Her first poetry collection Lawas was published in 2016.

Ton Daposala is the poetry editor of Bulawan Literary Journal of Northern Mindanao. He has recently been accepted as a fellow for poetry at the 57th University of the Philippines National Writers Workshop and has previously attended the Iligan National Writers Workshop and the Cornelio Faigao Annual Writers Workshop. He serves as the director for creative development of writers collective Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro. He teaches creative writing and literature courses at Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro and studies Master of Arts (MA) in Literature at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan. His poems have been published extensively in Manila Bulletin’s Bisaya Magazine, Dagmay Literary Journal, The Best of Faigao, The Nomads Quarterly, Kabisdak Cebuano Literary Lighthouse, among others. His first collection of poems titled Basa-basa is forthcoming under Xavier University Press.


Alton Melvar Dapanas & R Joseph Dazo

General Editors

Call for Visayan and Mindanaoan Writers: “Payag Habagatan: New Writings from the South”

Payag Habagatan or “the Southern Hut”, an inaugural literary home for emerging voices from the southern Philippines, is now accepting works of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, and critical essay in English and/or in Binisaya languages that speak of a ‘sense of place and placelessness.’

To qualify, contributor must be a writer born and/or based in the Visayas and Mindanao.

This online and free-access literary journal comes from the necessity to (1) serve as a critical, counter-canonical platform to the hegemony of mainstream gatekeeping institutions, (2) assert multifaceted constructs of identity in the literatures from the southern Philippines, and (3) abolish center-periphery orientations in the “national” literary landscape.

Submissions, either previously published or unpublished, may be any of the following:

  • Poetry: 1 poem (not more than 70 lines each);
  • Fiction: 1 flash fiction (500-1000 words); or 1 short story (2500-4000 words); or 1 novel chapter (4000-6000 words) with a novel synopsis;
  • Essay and creative nonfiction: 1 flash nonfiction/suite of micro-essays (500-1000 words); or 1 creative nonfiction such as personal essay, travel writing, nonfiction memoir, literary journalism, or lyrical reportage (2500-4000 words);
  • Drama: 1 one-act play (25 to 40 pages); a 10-minute screenplay; or an excerpt of a full-length play;
  • Critical essay about works about and/or writers from the Visayas and Mindanao (1500-4000 words in the MLA format).

All submissions should be in Georgia font size 12, double spaced, in MS Word format. For previously published works, indicate publications where these have appeared. Copyright of the works remains with the authors. Send manuscripts as email attachments to together with the author’s full name, email address, mobile number, home address, and a short bionote in the email’s body.

Announcements such as book launchings, local author talks, manuscripts call for publications and workshops, and other literary events to be held in Visayas and Mindanao are also welcome. Submissions are welcome all throughout the year. Inquiries may be directed to the email address above or through the official Facebook page:

The editors of the online literary journal are writers from the Libulan Queer Collective—poet-essayist Alton Melvar Dapanas and fictionist-playwright R Joseph Dazo.

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.