Call for Submission: An International Poetry Anthology in English

Magnum Opus

An International Poetry Anthology in English

 (Submit Your Only One Poem i.e. Master Piece)

(It’s simply a waste of time and labour if poem is submitted without reading the complete submission guidelines!)

Submission Deadline: 31 Dec 2018 (Midnight) 

Publication Expected: 2019 

Publisher: Authorspress, New Delhi, India 

Editor: Dr. Vivekanand Jha



Poem can be of any theme but it should be your magnum opus. The goal of anthology is to display the greatest contemporary poems wrapped up in one book. The title is self-explanatory and will showcase the greatest single poem of the every poet being featured. It means the poem that you submit for this anthology is well appreciated, examined and published earlier.

Submission Requirements

It is requested to submit your magnum opus poem.

To submit work, please:

  • Send only one poem, of no more than 50 lines at
  • Poem should originally be written in English. No translation, please.
  • Include a bio in maximum 100 words.
  • Submission of more than one poem shall be rejected without intimation.
  • Save MS word file with your name, paste your bio, email id and poem into it. Send it as an email attachment.


Mere submission of one’s magnum opus won’t qualify for the poem to be included in the anthology. Editor reserves the right to select the poem suiting the aim of the anthology and his decisions will be final. Final selection will be made after deadline for submission is over. Decision for selection or rejection will be intimated to individual in due course of time. It’s no use making query in between.


We will be accepting submissions from poets all over the world.

Copyright and Acknowledgement

Copyright of the selected poem shall remain with the author. It is natural that being one’s best poem it may have published previously at more than one place. We would mention the acknowledgment of the first publisher only. If a poem is submitted to us it would be deemed that either the poet holds necessary copyright or he has taken due permission from its first publisher.


The anthology will be listed on various online stores and like other books of Authorspress this collection too will be made available worldwide through authorized distributors and sub-distributors. The anthology will be published in both print and electronic format.


The contributors physically living in India irrespective of their country of origin will get a free print copy whereas those living overseas will get a free eBook which will be available with us in various forms and formats.


We shall leave no stone unturned to reach the best contemporary poets all over the world. But if every poet, in the possession of this call for submissions, forwards to his fellow or friend poets, things will be pretty easier for us and it will be very helpful for the future health of poetry as well. Hence it is our humble request to forward this call to the emails at your disposal.

Looking forward to your submissions!

Best wishes!


Dr Vivekanand Jha


Email id:

Journalist to launch first poetry book, Aug. 4

Raymund B. Villanueva of alternative media outfit Kodao Productions will launch his first book of poems titled Persolitika on Aug. 4, Saturday, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Conspiracy Garden Cafe in Quezon City.

In his Facebook post, Villanueva said the poems were written in a span of 25 years. He started writing poems when he was still a student journalist at San Beda College. His love for literature grew stronger when he met his colleagues at the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP). Together, they held poetry readings and critiqued their own works.

Villanueva is also the deputy secretary general of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP). Most of his poems are hinged on current events.

The book launch is part of the “If Art is a Hammer: Presentation Series” organized by the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP).

After the book launch, Pukpukan Na! Martilyo Sessions will follow featuring poet and folk singer Jess Santiago and Plagpul.

Link to the Facebook event here.

Remembering National Artist Cirilo Bautista

WATCH: Interview with Cirilo Bautista, National Artist for Literature (via Rappler)

Cirilo Bautista and his lifelong affair with words

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.

For updates, follow Payag Habagatan on Facebook ( or at



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.

Alang sa mga updates, i-follow ang Payag Habagatan sa Facebook ( o sa


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 Associate Editors for Regional Languages (Bukambibig: Poetry Folio of Spoken Word Philippines)

Bukambibig, the official poetry folio of Spoken Word Philippines, is in need of associate editors for the major languages in the Philippines: Bikol, Cebuano, Hiligaynon/Kiniray-a (Ilonggo), Ilocano, Kapampangan, Pangasinan, Tagalog, and Waray. Applicants must be  published poets (and preferrably native speakers) of any of the abovementioned languages. Those interested may submit their comprehensive curriculum vitae, manuscript of 4-5 published poems in the language, and short bionote (including writers’ workshops attended, writers group affiliations, and academic background)

(Note: All people behind Bukambibig are working on a voluntary basis. No monetary honorarium may be given to the associate editors.)

Drunken Poetry Night launches LAGABLAB Online Poetry Contest

Drunken Poetry Night (DPN) starts its 2016 reading series in April, celebrating Poetry Month. For its upcoming 10th reading on 9 April, we will be holding our first online poetry contest, LAGABLAB. The competition is open to all followers of DPN, regardless of age. We will award three winners in the English category and three winners in Filipino. Below are the contest rules.
General Contest Rules
Entry opens: 28 March
Closing date for entries: 6 April
Winners will be notified by: 8/9 April by text/email
Results publicly announced: 9 April, DPN10.
To join:
  1. Like the Facebook page.
  2. Send your entries in Word file through Facebook message.
  3. The two categories (English and Filipino) may be awarded to the same person.
  4. Poems must not have been published either in print or on a website, not be currently submitted or accepted for future publication. They must not previously have been awarded a prize in another competition.
  5. Entries must follow the contest theme: WHITE HEAT/LAGABLAB.
  6. The judges’ decision is final.
  7. No correspondence will be entered into once work has been submitted.
  8. Poems cannot be altered or changed after they have been entered
  9. Copyright remains with the authors, but we reserve the right to publish the winning poems. Copyright reverts to author after one year.
  10. Your entry in the competition means you accept these rules.

66th Palanca Awards now accepting entries

The Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (Palanca Awards), the country’s longest-running literary contest, is reaching out anew to all writers looking to showcase their literary genius.

Now on its 66th year, its organizer and sponsor, the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc. (Palanca Foundation), announced that it is now accepting entries for the Awards’ categories, which are 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.

Likewise, the Kabataan Division, a special division dedicated solely for young writers 17 years old and below is also now open for entries with the following theme:

  • Kabataan Essay – How do social media affect the formation of self-identity in the youth?
  • Kabataan Sanaysay – Paano makaaapekto ang “social media” sa paghubog ng sariling pagkakakilanlan sa mga kabataan?

The Novel and Nobela categories will not be opened this year since these are only open every two years.

Contestants may submit only one entry per category. Published/produced works which were first published or first produced between 01 May 2015 and 30 April 2016 and/or unpublished or unproduced works may be entered in the contest. Participants are encouraged to submit their entries ahead of the deadline, which is on April 30, 2016.

The Palanca Awards is open to all Filipino citizens, or former Filipino citizens, of all ages except current officers and employees of Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc.. Official contest rules and forms are available at the Palanca Foundation offices at Unit 603, 6th Floor Park Trade Centre Bldg., 1716 Investment Drive, Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City or at Unit 3G, OPL Bldg., 100 C. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, or may be downloaded from the CPMA website at

For inquiries and other concerns, participants may contact the CPMA Administrator Ms. Leslie Layoso through email at or at (632) 511-0003; +639253887103.

The Joke’s on Me poetry contest for UP Baguio students now open

Contest Mechanics

1. The contest is open to all UP Baguio students enrolled this 2nd semester 2015-2016.

2. The contestant is free to interpret the given theme ‘The Joke’s On Me’ in any way. The entry must be an original work of poetry with a corresponding title.

3. The poem may be written in English or Filipino (with or without specific form/word count/length, etc.)

4. The entry must be original and unpublished. A work which has been awarded a prize in another contest is not qualified. In submitting the entry, the contestant guarantees that the work is his/her own and has full intellectual property rights on the material.

5. The entry must be typewritten or computerized, using Times New Roman 12 pts., double-spaced on 8 1/2 x 11 inches short bond paper (letter size) with 1-inch margin on all sides.

6. The entry should be submitted in a hard (print out) copy to the College of Arts and Communication’s Office of the College Secretary.

7. The entry submitted must NOT have the author’s name and other personal information. Details about the author shall be asked for in an official entry form. The official entry form will be available in the College of Arts and Communication’s Office of the College Secretary. The author must submit his/her entry with the duly accomplished entry form.

8. The deadline for submission of entries is on 12:00PM on March 23, 2016.

9. The College of Arts and Communication has the sole right to select the members of the Panel of Judges. The decision of the majority of the judges shall be final.

10. The criteria for judging are the following:

Creativity 40%
Originality 30%
Relevance to the theme 30%

11. The authors of the top three best entries will be announced during CAC Night on April 1, 2016.

Cebu does Poetry Night with “Kasumaran: Pisik sa mga Tinagsip”

Cebu City’s monthly poetry night will be celebrating its first anniversary this month. Presented to you by UP Cebu TINTA, The Nomads, BATHALAD Sugbo, Handuraw Pizza Gorordo, and SuWhat, this month’s #BasaBalak will be called “Kasumaran: Pisik sa mga Tinagsip.”

BATHALAD Sugbo started this monthly #BasaBalak years ago to gather fellow writers and read their works informally. As the writers matured, they passed on the task of organizing this monthly poetry reading to the young blood writers from TINTA a few months after their first poetry reading back in February 2015. Handuraw Events Cafe, with its advocacy in supporting local artists by giving them an avenue to showcase their talents for free, has been the venue of the poetry reading.

As part of its anniversary, established Cebuano writers from BATHALAD Sugbo headed by its current president Jeremiah Bondoc will be present to read their work. There will be fun and games for the audience and get a chance to win surprise items from SuWhat.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite poems and stories to share.

#BasaBalak will be held in Handuraw Events Cafe Gorordo in Lahug, Cebu City on February 27, Saturday at 7PM onwards.

Admission is FREE, as always. Join us, Creative Iskolar!

SAGUPA: Antolohiya ng mga Tula, ilulunsad sa PUP

Ilulunsad sa Politeknikong Unibersidad ng Pilipinas ang SAGUPA: Antolohiya ng mga Tula ng mga Makatang Guro ng Kagawaran ng Filipinolohiya ng PUP sa Pebrero 17, 2016 (Miyerkules), ika-1 ng hapon, sa Bulwagang Bonifacio, PUP Sta. Mesa, Maynila. Kabilang sa antolohiya ang mga tula nina Jomar Adaya, Arlan Camba, Jhonley Cubacub, Marvin Lobos, Maricristh Magaling, Romeo Peña, MJ Rafal at Soliman Santos na pawang mga guro sa ilalim ng Kagawaran ng Filipinolohiya ng PUP at ang nagbigay ng panimulang salita sa antolohiya ay ang premyadong manunulat na si Rogelio L. Ordoñez.

Bukas din sa mga estudyante, guro at manunulat na hindi taga-PUP ang paglulunsad at kasabay nito ay isasagawa rin ang Lektura sa Kasaysayan ng Panitikan sa PUP na ibabahagi ni MJ Rafal bilang tagapagsalita.

Nailathala ang antolohiya sa pamamagitan ng PUP Kagawaran ng Filipinolohiya sa pakikipagtulungan ng PUP Press, PUP Center for Creative Writing at PUP Center for Social History.