Call for Submissions to the Philippines’ First National LGBTQ Poetry Workshop

The first national creative writing workshop devoted to Philippine LGBTQ poetry is being jointly sponsored this July by the University of the Philippines and Goldsmiths University of London, as part of the international research and arts consortium called GlobalGRACE: Global Gender and Cultures of Equality. GlobalGRACE is funded by the Research Council UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund.

The workshop will take place on July 23-27, 2018 at the University Hotel in UP Diliman, and will be facilitated by a panel of established LGBTQ poets, led by Professor Romulo Baquiran, Jr. of UP Diliman and Prof. Nerisa del Carmen Guevara of the University of Santo Tomas. Prof. J. Neil C. Garcia, the project coordinator of the Philippine component of GlobalGrace, will also be in the panel.

The workshop is open to all Filipino LGBTQ poets, from 18 to 40 years old, writing in any Philippine language. Submissions that are not originally written in English or Filipino will need to be accompanied by a translation into either language. Each submission should consist of a suite of 6 to 8 poems. There are no thematic requirements.

The ten fellows who will be accepted to the workshop will be billeted at the workshop venue, and will receive a daily stipend.  A modest travel allowance may also be available for those who will be coming from the regions. There will be germane socials incorporated into the workshop schedule, to complement and enrich the fellows’ holistic experience.

This poetry workshop will be the first in an annual series of LGBTQ creative writing workshops. Succeeding workshops will be devoted to the writing of LGBTQ fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama.

The overarching goal of the Philippine component of the GlobalGRACE Project is to help  realize and enact the ideal of cultures of gender and sexual equality through the nurturing and promotion of Philippine LGBTQ literature.

Moreover, this component seeks to provide institutional and pedagogical support to help discover and enable nonheteronormative voices and hone the creative writing skills of aspiring Filipino LGBTQ writers. These poems, stories, essays, and plays will hopefully not only express and disseminate but also enact, deepen, and expand the consciousness and identity of these writers, empowering and assisting them in their overall wellbeing.

The resultant texts and works of all the GlobalGRACE projects—across six countries—will be archived, published, and curated in the Global Museum of Equalities, to be housed in both the UK and South Africa.

These workshops are an affiliate activity of the Likhaan: UP Institute of Creative Writing.

The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2018.

Please email submissions, accompanied by a cover letter (that also attests to the works’ originality), to Prof. Francis Paolo Quina at

CALL FOR FELLOWSHIPS: 2016 CDO Writing Clinic on Poetry, Fiction, Literary Essay, and Drama

The Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC), in partnership with the Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA), is now accepting applications to the 2016 CDO Writing Clinic to be held at the XCCA Conference Room, 3F Museo de Oro, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan. The writing clinic is subdivided into four literary genres—Poetry Clinic (18 September), Fiction Clinic (16 October), Literary Essay Clinic (20 November), and Drama Clinic (11 December).

The CDO Writing Clinic is an annual literary fellowship for 24 of the most promising up-and-coming poets, fictionists, essayists, and playwrights born and/or based in Northern Mindanao. Six fellowships are available per genre—poetry, fiction, literary essay, and drama. (Applicants may apply for more than one genre.) Manuscripts may be in Binisaya, Tagalog, and/or English. Entries should contain 4 poems, 2 short stories, 2 literary essays (creative nonfiction, personal/lyric essays, travel narratives, or memoirs), or 1 one-act play. These should be applicants’ original and unpublished works. Applicants should not have been fellows to the CDO Writers Workshops or any regional and national writers workshops.

The writing clinic will include critiquing sessions and other parallel activities to be facilitated by NAGMAC’s senior writers. Accepted fellows will be provided with a certificate, lunch, and snacks. (There is no registration fee but fellows will shoulder their own transportation to and from the venue.)

Electronic copies (preferably in .docx/.doc format, Garamond font 12) of the manuscript may be emailed to with the subject Genre_CDO Writing Clinic (example, Fiction_CDO Writing Clinic). The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. On the email’s body, include the full name, address (city/town and province in the region), institutional affiliation (workplace and/or school), mobile number, and a short bio note (150-300 words in the third person). Deadlines for submission are 31 August (for poetry and fiction) and 30 September (for literary essay and drama). All inquiries must be directed to NAGMAC’s official Facebook page:

U.P. Institute of Creative Writing Issues Call for Submissions for Basic Writers Workshop on Speculative Fiction

LIKHAAN: The University of the Philippines Institute of Creative Writing (UP ICW) is now accepting applications for the first U.P. Basic Writers Workshop. This year, the focus is on Speculative Fiction. 


The Basic Writers Workshop is meant to complement the annual U.P. Writers Workshop, which has evolved to accommodate and mentor published writers in mid-career. The UP ICW envisions the Basic Writers Workshop as an opportunity for younger writers to have their works critiqued by a panel of established writers. 

The Workshop Director is Charlson Ong, with award-winning writers Eliza Victoria, Nikki Alfar, Will Ortiz, and Vladimeir Gonzales serving as panelists and teaching staff. 

For the purposes of the workshop, “speculative fiction” can be defined as “a broad literary genre encompassing any fiction with supernatural, fantastical, or futuristic elements.” 

The U.P. Basic Writing Workshop will accept 12 fellows: six writers in English and six in Filipino. Application is open both to published and unpublished writers who are between 18 and 35 years old as of August 15, 2016. Entries must be two unpublished stories (in English or Filipino, but not a combination of both) with a length of 3,000 to 10,000 words per story. 
The workshop is set for October 14 to 16, 2016 at the University Hotel on the U.P. Diliman campus. Successful applicants will receive a modest stipend, as well as board and lodging at the workshop venue. 

Deadline for submissions is August 15, 2016. 

For inquiries, contact 9818500 (2116) and look for Luna Sicat Cleto, Deputy Director of the UP ICW, or email

Call for Manuscripts for SULAT-DULA 4: A Playwriting Workshop in Mindanao

The Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) presents SULAT-DULA 4: A Playwriting Workshop in Mindanao on 17 to 19 November 2016 at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Cagayan de Oro City.

Part of XCCA’s flagship projects on Cultural Education and Artistic Excellence in the Literary Arts, SULAT-DULA is also the center’s contribution to a sustained development program for Mindanaoan playwrights.

This year’s playwriting workshop brings together distinguished playwrights as panelists, such as cultural studies researcher-critic Professor Steven PC Fernandez of MSU IIT’s Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG), screenplay writer-columnist Professor Layeta P Bucoy of UP Los Baños Department of Humanities, and television scriptwriter-dramaturg Rodolfo ‘Rody’ Vera of Writer’s Bloc Inc. Workshop fellows will undergo critiquing sessions and one-on-one consultations with the panelists. They will also have the opportunity to showcase their plays through script reading on stage.

All aspirants are invited to submit manuscripts on or before 12 noon of 01 October 2016. There will be ten slots available for aspiring playwrights whose works have not yet been staged and published.

Interested applicants should submit the following:

a. one page synopsis of the play;

b. complete and original manuscript of the one act-play;

c. certification of originality from any authority;

d. comprehensive resume with 2×2 ID picture; and

e. photocopy of resident certificate.

Plays written in Binisaya and other regional languages require Filipino or English translation.

Founded in 2008, SULAT-DULA is a bi-annual playwriting workshop for both established and budding Mindanaoan playwrights.

Submit all requirements to:

Hobart P Savior
Director, Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA)
3rd Floor, Museo de Oro Building, Xavier University
Corrales Avenue, Cagayan de Oro City 9000

Mga Natanggap na Fellow sa Ikasiyam na Palihang Rogelio Sicat

Ang Palihang Rogelio Sicat o PRS ay nabuo sa ilalim ng Deparatamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Diliman. Layunin nitong mabigyan ng pagkakataon ang mga sumisibol na malikhaing manunulat sa larangan ng tula, maikling kuwento, dagli, sanaysay, at maikling kuwentong pambata, na maipakita ang kanilang galing sa pagsulat. Paraan din ito upang maibalik ng mga bihasang manunulat sa mga batang manunulat ang kanilang husay at kaalaman, estilo at teknik, at pagpapahalaga sa mga nagsusulat sa kanilang sariling wika. Magaganap ang Palihang Rogelio Sicat 9 sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Diliman mula Hunyo 8-12, 2016.



Rhea Rose Berroy, Maynila

Mark Bringel, Quezon

Julie Kristine De Guzman, Davao

Roma Estrada, Valenzuela

John Ocampo, Maynila

Norman Vincent Paderes, Quezon

Aubrey Viscara, Lungsod Quezon



Arbeen Acuña, Quezon

Ana Algabre-Hernandez, Seoul, Republika ng Korea

Ma. Rowena Angeles, Maynila

Davidson Banquil, Zambales

Andrew Clete, Las Piñas

Sarah Masiba, Laguna

Seymour Barros Sanchez, Maynila

Alexandra Villegas, Lungsod Quezon



Nina Francheska Caballero, Lungsod Quezon


Para sa mga katanungan, makipag-ugnayan lamang sa numerong 09176291494 o e-mail ng PRS9

Romance Masterclass: Editing Your Novel Seminar + Workshop to be held in Manila

Working on a romance novel that needs a little tender loving care? Get an editors’ perspective on what you should consider when writing or revising your work. Better yet, get four editors to weigh in on the matter! Join a morning seminar where four seasoned editors share their knowledge about making a good book great, plus join the afternoon workshop for a one-on-one session with one of them! Details below:

Romance Masterclass: Editing Your Novel Seminar + Workshop

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time: 8AM-12NN (Seminar) | 1-5PM (Workshop)
Venue: Bit Space Manila
Contact: romancewritersofthephilippines at gmail dot com

Rates: PHP2400 (Workshop + Seminar*) | PHP1400 (Seminar Early Bird Rate*) | PHP1600 (Seminar Regular Rate)

* Whole-day reservations and early-bird rate until May 15, 2016 only. From May 16 onward, only seminar reservations will be accepted. Reservations are confirmed only upon receipt of proof of deposit.

* Workshop participants must submit their title, genre, blurb, full novel outline, and first three chapters on or before May 15, 2016.

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13th Lamiraw Workshop announces 10 workshop fellows

The 13th Lamiraw Creative Writing Workshop slated on April 27-29, 2016 at Northwest Samar State University (NwSSU), Calbayog City, Samar, announces the 10 workshop fellows this year:

 (Waray) 1) Aivee Badulid (UP Tacloban)/Dolores, Eastern Samar, 2) Butz Eguia (DWU)/Tacloban City, 3) Anita Christine Macale (Leyte Normal University)/Salcedo, Eastern Samar, 4) Kimberly Mae Ortego (Leyte Normal University)/Talalora, Samar, 5) Ryan Ostulano (Northwest Samar State University)/Calbayog City,

(Sebuano) 6) Sarah Masiba (UP Los Baños)/Ozamis City, 7) Wilfreda Cabusas (Cebu Normal University)/Talisay City,

(English) 8) Nicolo Nasol (University of Cebu)/Cebu City, 9) Cesar Miguel Escaño (Ateno de Manila University)/Tacloban City, and

 (Filipino) 10) Daniw Plaridel Santiago (UP Diliman)/Quezon City.

The panelists invited in said workshop are Prof. Allan Popa of Ateneo de Manila University, Mr. Jerry Gracio of Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), Prof. Voltaire Oyzon of Leyte Normal University (LNU), Ms. Yvonne Esperas of Philippine Science High School – Eastern Visayas Campus, and Mr. Harold L. Mercurio of Northwest Samar State University.  

This activity is spearheaded by Northwest Samar State University (NwSSU), in cooperation with Katig Writers Network Inc., CALAO Writers Inc., and Abaknon Literary Arts Guild (ALAG Writers) Inc. Funding for said activity is partially shouldered by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF).


LIRA Poetry Workshops, bukás na para sa aplikasyon!

Inaanyayahan ang lahat ng interesado sa pagtula na magpasa ng aplikasyon sa Taunang Palihang Pampanulaan 2016 ng Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA), isang samahan ng mga makatang nagsusulat at nag-aaral sa wikang Filipino.

Ang mabusising pagsasanay ng LIRA ay naglalayong linangin ang mga makatang nais paghusayin ang kanilang sining at handa ring mag-ambag sa pagpapalago ng panitikan, wika, kultura, at pambansang kaakuhan (national identity). Kabilang ito sa programa na “makata-bolunterismo,” na siyang nagbigay-karangalan sa LIRA bilang isa sa Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) ng bansa noong 2011.

Makapakikinig sa serye ng mga panayam at makalalahok sa mabusising mga palihang pamumunuan ng mga dalubhasa sa pagtula at/o panulaang Filipino ang mga matatanggap na fellows. Tumatagal mula Hunyo hanggang Nobyembre ang lingguhang klase tuwing Sabado at Linggo mula 9:00 n.u. hanggang 5:00 n.h, na kadalasang ginaganap sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, Diliman, at iba pang lugar sa Metro Manila.


Premyadong mga Makata at Pinakamahabang Palihan sa Pagtula

Ang LIRA Poetry Clinic ang kasalukuyang pinakamahabang tumatakbong palihan, na nakatuon lamang sa pagtula at panulaang Filipino. Nagdiriwang ito ng ika-31 anibersaryo ngayong taon. Ang punong-guro ay ang tagapagtatag na si Virgilio S. Almario, ang makatang Rio Alma, Pambansang Alagad ng Sining para sa Panitikan at Tagapangulo ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino.

Ilan sa mga taunang nagtuturo sa LIRA ay ang mga sumusunod na nangungunang makata at guro, na karamiha’y produkto rin ng palihan, premyado at may mga sariling aklat ng tula: Victor Emmanuel Carmelo Nadera, Romulo Baquiran Jr., Michael Coroza, Fidel Rillo, Marne Kilates, Roberto Añonuevo, Rebecca Añonuevo, DM Reyes, Edgar Calabia Samar, Enrique Villasis, Jerry Gracio, Nanoy Rafael, Ergoe Tinio, Ina Abuan, Giancarlo Lauro Abrahan, at MJ Tumamac.

Hangad ng palihan na makapag-aruga ng mga makata-boluntaryo, na makikisangkot hindi lamang sa sining, kundi pati na rin sa pagtataguyod ng panitikan, wika, kultura, at pambansang kaakuhan.

Sa mga interesado, mangyaring magpasa ng mga sumusunod:

 1. Application Form, [PDF | DOC] na may Mga Tala para sa Fellow at detalye ng pakikipag-ugnayan (address, email address, telepono);

2. Limang (5) tula sa Filipino (hindi tatanggap ng mga tulang nakasulat sa Ingles at iba pang wika).

SUBJECT LINE: Taunang Palihang Pampanulaan 2016

Ipasa ang mga ito sa

Ang huling araw ng pagpapasa ay Mayo 01, 2016.

Ang workshop fee ay isang libo at limandaang piso (Php1,500), na gagamitin para sa mga readings at iba pang workshop necessities ng mga fellow. 

Para sa higit pang impormasyon, mangyaring makipag-ugnayan kay Cheska Lauengco, Ugnayang Pangmadla, sa or sa 09996173476. Maaari ring bisitahin ang o mag-tweet/instagram sa @makatanglira

Ang Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA) ay samahan ng mga makatang nagsusulat sa Filipino. Itinatag noong 1985 ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining para sa Panitikan Virgilio S. Almario (aka Rio Alma), nagsilbi itong matagumpay na linangan ng di iilang batikang makata, tulad nina Victor Emmanuel Carmelo Nadera, Romulo Baquiran Jr., Michael M. Coroza, Roberto Añonuevo, Rebecca Añonuevo, Jerry Gracio, at Edgar Calabia Samar. Noong 2011, kinilala ito bilang isa sa Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) para sa mga gawain ng paglilingkod sa ngalan ng tula ng mga makatang-boluntaryo nito.





Twenty fellows to the 6th Saringsing Writers Workshop named

This year’s Saringsing Writers Workshop of ParasuratBikolnon Inc. includes the following categories: Rawitdawit (Poetry), PadalingUsip( Flash Fiction), Usipon (Short Story) and Dakit-Taramon (Translation)

The twenty participants who passed the screening committee are the official fellows of the workshop, namely: Mon Joar Imperial (Calabanga, Cam. Sur),  Rency Asas (Calabanga, Cam. Sur), Kreselle Canares (Masbate), Mack Tuzon (Calabanga, Cam.Sur), Marvin Aquino (Tinambac, Cam.Sur), Gilmar Baran (Balatan, Cam.Sur), Mary A. Galvez (Pili, Cam.Sur), Nicky Gem Rivera (Baao, Cam.Sur), Michael Sales (Pili, Cam.Sur), Clinton Caceres (Calabanga, Cam. Sur), Emmanuel Barrameda (Catanduanes), Rizalyn Sahagun (Naga City) , Danny Boy B. Nacario (Iriga City), Leopoldo C. Brizuela Jr. (Ligao, Albay), John Cris Pineda (Calabanga, Cam. Sur), Abegail Sta. Ana (Calabanga, Cam. Sur), Armie Cardema-Cedo (Naga City), Clarisse Molin (Calabanga, Cam. Sur), and Ahj Eufracio (Naga City).  The fellows are entitled of free board and lodging for three days from April 15-17, 2016 sponsored by the Naga City Government.

The members of the panel will be comprised by Paz Verdades Santos, H. Francisco Peñones, Jun Pesimo, Estelito Jacob, Jason Chancoco, Eilyn Nidea, Irmina Torres, Marissa Redburn, Jerome Hipolito, Elbert Baeta, Clinton Abilong, Jusan Misolas, Irvin Sto. Tomas, and Buboy Aguay as Workshop Director.

Gantala Press to hold fun workshops for women, teachers, and teens this summer

Gantala Press presents fun workshops for women, teachers, and teens this summer at Uno Morato!

BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY FOR WOMEN with visual artist and filmmaker Vivian Nocum Limpin on April 10, 2-5 PM, Php 1500

CHILDREN’S BOOKMAKING FOR TEACHERS with bestselling author Beverly Wico Siy on April 17, 2-5 PM, Php 550

BASIC CREATIVE WRITING FOR TEENS with poet, Palanca award-winning children’s book author, and teacher Rae Rival-Cosico on April 24, 2-5 PM, Php 550

The IKIRAN series of workshops is a fundraising program. All proceeds will go to the contributors of DANAS, the first anthology of women’s literary works to be published by Gantala Press.

Preregistration is required. For inquiries, please email:

See you!