Writing for children or young adults? Come mingle! Apply now for the Ken Spillman NBDCS AFCC Subsidy.

Held annually in Singapore, the Asian Festival for Children’s Content (AFCC) brings together writers, illustrators, publishers, editors, agents and producers from all over the world. Filipinos have made a splash at recent festivals. In 2014, it might be your turn to extend your network and profile.

To help Filipino creators access regional opportunities, Australian author Ken Spillman makes available an annual grant of Ten Thousand Pesos (P10,000.00) to help defray the expenses of attending the AFCC.

To qualify, applicants must have published at least one full-length work for children or young adults. Evidence of the published work may take the form of a PDF file attached to the application or a link to the site where the work is sold.

Applicants are also asked to submit a resumé and a maximum of 500 words explaining how attendance at the AFCC might be expected to contribute to the applicant’s development and profile as a writer. A statement about why the applicant needs the grant may also be considered but is not a requirement.

A commitment to attend the AFCC is also expected in the form of an undertaking to pay other associated expenses. The National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) generously offers the chosen recipient a fifty percent (50%) discount on the AFCC registration fee. A special code will be emailed to the chosen applicant, and this code may be used to register online.

AFCC 2014 will take place from 30 May to 4 June 2014, with the writers’ and illustrators’ conference scheduled for 28-29 May 2014. More information about AFCC 2014 can be found at http://afcc.com.sg/ .

Applications may be emailed to afccsubsidy@nbdb.gov.ph. Deadline for submission of applications is January 31, 2014. All submissions will be treated confidentially.