The UP Institute of Creative Writing (ICW) is now accepting submissions for the eighth issue of Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature. 

The Philippines' leading literary peer-reviewed journal, the Likhaan Journal is published annually with funding from the Office of the Chancellor of UP Diliman. It features the best of new and unpublished Philippine writing in English and Filipino. Submissions to the journal undergo a strict pre-screening and blind refereeing process by both the editors and a panel of referees composed of eminent writers and critics from within and outside UP.

Award-winning fiction writer and ICW associate Rosario Cruz-Lucero will be the issue editor, while award-winning writer Heidi Eusebio Abad and Palanca Hall of Fame awardee Eugene Evasco will serve as associate editors in English and Filipino, respectively.

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Writers Night 2013, the annual gathering of writers and literature lovers at the UP Diliman, began with the announcement of the winner for the 13th Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award at the Claro M. Recto Hall, Bulwagang Rizal, on December 6. Poet Allan Pastrana won for Body Haul. Four other UST Publishing House authors were included as finalists out of a total of six: Silver Fish, Hook of Moon by Neal Imperial; After the Body Displaces Water by Daryll Delgado; Agueda: A Ballad of Stone and Wind by Anna Maria L. Harper; and, Falling Into the Manhole: A Memoir by John Jack Wigley. Have by poet Marc Gaba was also nominated. Pastrana is also an alumnus of the UST's Conservatory of Music, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Music Literature.

On hand to award Pastrana (pictured above, right) the winner's check worth P50,000 were writers Erlinda Panlilio (center), representative for the Madrigal-Gonzalez family, and Jose "Butch" Dalisay (left), UP ICW director. Award-winning fictionist Charlson Ong, award-winning poet Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, and Prof. Shirley O. Lua, director of the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center of De La Salle University, made up this year’s panel of judges.
 

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