The Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC), in partnership with the Xavier University Department of English Language and Literature (XU DELL), CHED Center of Development in Literature in Mindanao, is now accepting applications for the 2nd Cagayan de Oro Writers Workshop to be held from 03 to 07 April 2017. Fourteen (14) fellowships are available to emerging writers who were born and/or are currently based in Northern Mindanao—Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte (including Iligan), Misamis Occidental, and Misamis Oriental (including Cagayan de Oro). An all-expenses paid event, fellows will also be provided with food, board, and lodging.

The panelists for this year’s workshop are some of Northern Mindanao’s literary stalwarts — essayist-fictionist Dr Ma Elena L Paulma, poet-playwright Dr German V Gervacio, and fictionist-critic Prof Thomas David F Chaves with poet Dr Arlene J Yandug as workshop director. The Antonio R Enriquez Memorial Lecture on Fiction will also be inaugurated.

To be considered, submissions in Binisaya, Tagalog, or English must consist of any of the following:

  • Poetry: a suite of five (5) poems;
  • Fiction: two (2) short stories; or three (3) flash fiction; or one (1) novel chapter with synopsis; or
  • Literary Essay/Creative Nonfiction: two (2) literary essays/creative nonfiction (e.g. travel writing, literary journalism, nonfiction memoirs, or personal essays); or
  • Drama: one (1) one-act play.

Applicants may apply for more than one literary genre. All entries should be previously unpublished and have not been included in a creative writing thesis. Alumni of the 1st Cagayan de Oro Writers Workshop or any regional and national writers workshops are not eligible to apply.

Applicants may send manuscripts in Word format (font Arial or Times New Roman, size 12, double-spaced on 8.5 x 11 inches bond paper, doc/docx file) and comprehensive curriculum vitae (which should indicate active mobile number, permanent/home address in the region, school(s) attended, and birth date) with subject “CDOWW_Last Name_MI_First Name_Genre” (example: CDOWW_Dela Cruz_S_Anna Maria_Fiction) to [email protected] before 28 February 2017. Each manuscript should not be more than thirty (30) pages. The applicant’s name should not appear on the manuscript. On the email’s body, include a 200 to 250-word bionote in the third person, a cover letter, and a 10 to 12-sentence answer to the prompt “Cite an ongoing/proposed literary project in your school and/or community that you are going to continue/start after the 2nd CDOWW. What are your concrete plans? How have you mobilized/will you mobilize it?” Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For inquiries from applicants, interested partners and sponsors, the workshop coordinators Alton Melvar M Dapanas and Abigail ‘Abby’ C James may be reached through NAGMAC’s Facebook page ( and email ([email protected]).