The Embassy of the United States of America in Manila is inviting young writers to submit applications to the first IWP Alumni Writers Workshop. This inaugural workshop is named for Filipino writers who completed the prestigious International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, some of whom will serve as this year’s panelists and lecturers. 

The Embassy partners with the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (BNSCWC) and the American Corner Manila at De La Salle University (DLSU) for this event. 

This workshop offers 40 writing fellowships to Metro Manila-based young writers aged 18-35. It will take place on April 18-20, 2016, at the American Corner, 13th Floor Henry Sy Sr. Hall, DLSU-Taft. A small transportation stipend, as well as workshop kits and meals, will be provided. No registration fee is required. 

The workshop accepts work in four genres: poetry, non-fiction, fiction and screenplay. Applicants should submit original and unpublished work: 4-5 poems, 1 short story, 1-2 non-fiction pieces, or 1 screenplay. All manuscripts should be in English, with the exception of the screenplay. Should the screenplay be written in a language or dialect other than English, an English translation will be required. 

Short stories, non-fiction pieces and screenplays should come with a one-paragraph synopsis of the text. Works submitted in these genres should not exceed ten (10) pages. 

Preferred themes for the manuscript are the environment and civic engagement. Topics may include but are not limited to climate change, waste management, wildlife, oceans and other water-related topics, global warming, deforestation, Earth Day, war, peace, democracy, human rights, women’s empowerment, LGBT/PWD/indigenous rights and issues, politics, and kinds of freedom (i.e. press freedom and freedom of expression). 

Please submit soft copies of your work and CV (with complete contact information) to on or before March 22, 2016. 

For inquiries, please call BNSCWC at 5244611 loc. 233, email