Deadline: entries should be personally submitted on the first day of Lunduyan 2014 (scheduled on October 20-24, 2014)

Gawad Emmanuel Lacaba is the annual Literary Contest of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines-Luzon.

Emmanuel ”Eman” Lacaba, great late poet, dramatist and a student journalist, scriptwriter who joined the protest movement in his student days and later lost his life as an armed revolutionary and was an editor of The Guidon, the official student publication of the Ateneo de Manila University, one of the founding campus publications of the Guild. He is considered as one of the top 100 Filipino for Literature. Lacaba fought against the dictatorship during the Martial Law and died as a martyr at the age of 27 at Asuncion, Davao del Norte. He was also the brother of renowned Filipino writer Jose ‘Pete’ Lacaba.

Lacaba is best known for his posthumously published books, Salvaged Prose and Salvaged Poems.


The contest is open to all current members of student publications within Luzon (membership to CEGP is not a requisite), except to current officers of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines in any formation and even for the secretariats.

The contest has two divisions: English and Filipino

Translation of an entry submitted in English shall not be qualified for the Filipino division, and vice versa.

The contest has three categories: short story, maikling kuwento | essay, sanaysay | poetry, tula |larawan, photo contest | dagli, flash fiction

Entries must be socially relevant.

Entries shall be original and solely written by the contestant. Only one (1) entry per category shall be allowed per contestant.

Contestant shall only submit entries published within the present academic year 2013-2014 in their respective school publications, or previously unpublished works.

Entries shall be type-written, 12-point, Times New Roman font, double-spaced on a letter-sized (8 ½ x 11) bond paper, with 1-inch margins on all sides. Page numbers shall be placed on the bottom-center of each page.

All entries shall consist of three (3) copies each, enclosed and sealed in a brown letter-sized envelope.

A CD copy of the entries shall also be enclosed.

Only the title of the entry, category and division shall be written or computerized on the upper left portion of the envelope. Any indication of the author’s identity in/on the entry shall render the entry disqualified.

All entries shall be personally submitted on the first day of Lunduyan 2014.

All entries shall remain with the CEGP Secretariat in the whole duration of the event, until the awarding.

If the entry is already on the hand of the GEL officer, no one from the Lunduyan 2014 delegates is allowed to be in touch of the entry. This will be subject for disqualification.


For the short story category, each entry shall be composed of more than 15 page long but not less than 10 page.

For the poetry category, each entry shall consist of a compilation of at least three (3) but not more than five (5) poems. 

For the essay category, each entry shall be at least five (5) but not more than 15 pages long.

For the dagli category, each entry shall consist of a compilation of at least three (3) but not more than five (5) dagli in maximum of three (3) page or 750 words. 

For the photo contest, below are the mechanics: 

1.    Must be relevant to the theme ‘Lansangan’

2.    Print outs at least 3 copies and a cd copy sealed in a brown envelope

3.    One entry per participant, minimum of 2 photos maximum of 5

4.    Printed name, school, publication, title and caption of each photo in a short bond paper. Please put a number in each bond paper and at the back of the photos so we can easily indicate the details.

5.    Strictly no photo manipulation, edits are accepted (cropping, dodge and burn)

6.    Black & white and colored photos are accepted.


The Board of Judges shall consist of persons appointed by the CEGP National Office.

The Board of Judges shall have the discretion to withhold awarding if it does not deem any entry meritorious of any award for any particular category.

The Board of Judges has the right to disqualify the entry piece proven by plagiarism or if proven that the piece is not the original work of the entry holder.

The decision of the majority of the Board of Judges shall be final and irrevocable.

Top three entries shall be declared the winners for each division and category.

Winners shall be announced and awarded on the last night of Lunduyan 2014.


For queries: contact Iggie Espinoza, head of GEL Awards, 0926.8712025 or email at