The Parasurat Bikolnon writers organization is now accepting applications for the Saringsing Writers Workshop. Open to young fellows who write in Bikolnon languages, the annual write-shop started in 2011 as an exchange of reviews on the literary works among its members with fellow Bikolnon writers.

To qualify, applicants must submit either of the following: five (5) original and unpublished Rawitdawit/Rawitdawit Pan-Akì; two (2) Usipon/Usipon Pan-Akì; or one (1) Drama Pan-entablado na may Sarong-Tagbô. Manuscripts must be type-written in 8 x 11 paper, including a letter of application and bio-data with a short writing history of the applicant. Usipon and Drama pieces must not exceed 12 pages, double spaced, size 12 font, Times New Roman.

In partnership with the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office (ACTO) of the City Government of Naga, the three-day workshop was successfully held in February last year at the Blue Room, Naga City Hall with twelve (12) participants from four provinces in the Bicol region. Guest panelists included H. Francisco Peñones, Eilyn Nidea-Parocha and Irmina Torres with resident critics Bernardo Miguel Aguay Jr., Marissa Redburn, Jerome Hipolito, Jusan Misolas and Elbert Baita. The activity was part of the month-long celebration of Bikol Arts Festival.

Now of its fourth year, at least ten (10) participants will be selected from the applicants to attend a three-day workshop scheduled in May 2014. They will be provided with workshop kit and accommodation.

Entries must be submitted on or before April 4, 2014 to 4TH SARINGSING WRITERS WORKSHOP: HUNGLONAN NIN PARASURAT BIKOLNON c/o Irvin P. Sto. Tomas at Canaman Municipal Library, Canaman, Camarines Sur. Soft copy of the manuscript may also be sent to [email protected] For inquiries, please e-mail the secretariat or contact 09199874897.