The Cavite Young Writers Association (CYWA) opens its 3rd Cavite Young Writers Workshop (CYWW) and waits for your submission! The workshop aims to help beginning writers to hone their craft through lectures and peer-critiquing sessions. It will be held this July and accepted fellows are expected to attend all of the sessions.

Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, our organization opted to have all of the workshop sessions done online for the safety of the fellows, panel, and lecturers. Should a chosen fellow will not be able to attend all the sessions, for personal and whatever reason, they will have to forfeit their slot for the workshop, if a compromise could not be reached and give the slot to those who are in the wait list.

Those who will finish the workshop will be encouraged to participate in being a part of Lóngos, a zine project for the fellows which was launched last BLTX 2017. This post-workshop project aims to guide the fellows into revising or rewriting their crafts to make it publishable, also as practice in applying what they have learned from the lectures and critiquing sessions. As much as we want all of the fellows to participate in the project, going through this program is voluntary. The revised or new works will go through a series of workshops and revisions, until the editorial committee deem the work publishable.

Our workshop is free and as much as the CYWW screening committee would want to have more participants to attend, CYWW will only accept up to twelve (12) fellows at most. They are also expected to have a means (a computer with working webcam and mic, decent internet service in their area, and a Google account) to attend online lectures and critiquing sessions. Should there be a chance to meet in person, the fellows must be willing to travel to Bacoor, Cavite at their own expense. At the end of CYWW and Lóngos projects, the selection committee will review the fellows’ progress and those deserving to be a part of CYWA will be invited to join the group.

CYWW will cater to two categories— short fiction and poetry— and aspiring fellows are only allowed to submit in only one (1) category, in either English or Filipino. Applicants are free to choose whichever topic they would want to explore in their pieces.

An entry for the short story category must at least have 2,000 but no more than 5,000 words. It should be typewritten in .doc or .docx format, using either Times New Roman or Book Antiqua font with 12pts as size, double-spaced with one (1) inch margin on all sides, and it should be on a letter size paper (8.5” x 11”) with pagination that bears the title of the piece (e.g. TITLE page 1 of x).

An entry for the poetry category must at least have three (3) but no more than (5) poems. It should be typewritten in .doc or .docx format, using either Times New Roman or Book Antiqua font with 12pts as size, single-spaced with one (1) inch margin on all sides, and it should be on a letter size paper (8.5” x 11”) with pagination that bears the title of the poetry collection (e.g. TITLE page 1 of x).

The name or any identifying marks of the author, which may include but not limited to a pseudonym, should not be written on the entry. Entries should be attached and sent to caviteyoungwriters@gmail.com with a subject line bearing the category and surname of the applicant (e.g. SHORT FICTION Villasin or POETRY Valdez). The email should also include (which may be written on the body of the email or attached as a separate word file) the applicant’s whole name, address, contact number, a 2×2 photo of the applicant (attached in the email), and a short bionote (1-2 paragraphs) on the applicant’s background in writing, interests, and affiliations. The deadline for submission is on 12 June 2020, no later than 11:59pm.

Failure to comply with the mechanics may disqualify an applicant and their entry.

All entries should be original and not a translation of any existing piece, published or otherwise. Should the CYWW screening committee finds an applicant guilty of plagiarism, the entry will be automatically disqualified and the applicant banned from participating in other CYWA projects.

Standby for further announcements. For inquiries, send us a message through our page!