Likhaan: UP Institute of Creative Writing, in partnership with the University of the Philippines Press, is calling for book manuscripts from previous fellows of the UP National Writers’ Workshop to be part of its lineup of publications for the Philippine Writers Series 2020.

The Philippine Writers Series (PWS) facilitates the publication of the works of fellows and workshop alumni of the UP ICW emerging from its various programs, particularly from its flagship UP National Writers’ Workshop as it has been redesigned for writers in mid-career (i.e. previously published writers). As an institute dedicated to the sustained development of Philippine literature, the UP ICW has a track record in nurturing writers who have shaped Philippine literature, including providing support for innovations in literary forms and genres, responding to the needs of writers, and engaging with the material realities of writing practice. Within this purview, the PWS assists in expediting the publication of the works of its fellows and alumni and proudly presents them to the reading public in the service of literature for national and social development.

Manuscripts may be in any genre or language, provided that it is, foremost, a literary work in English or Filipino, or, if in another language, must have a translation in English or Filipino. They must not have been submitted to another publisher for consideration. Upon screening, a shortlist of submissions will be endorsed by the UP Institute of Creative Writing to undergo the requisite double blind review process of the UP Press.

Workshop alumni are requested to submit their manuscripts on or before April 30, 2020 to with a brief project description, a 150-word biographical note, and a current photograph of the author. Please use the following subject heading for the email submission:

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