Last Call for Submission:

This is a CALL FOR SUBMISSION of short stories for an anthology about Growing Up Filipino. This project is untitled for now but this is a follow-up book to the earlier anthologies Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults and Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults, both collected and edited by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard and published by PALH (Philippine American Literary House).

The new book will be collected and edited by Cecilia who has a literary agent who will try to interest a large house in publishing the collection. Failing that, PALH will publish the book.

The manuscript should be typed (Times Roman 12 preferred), double-spaced and approximately 10 pages long, but Cecilia is open to anything real good. The theme, as noted, is about growing up Filipino in the Philippines, US, or any part of the world. The stories should be character-driven and should explore issues that teens deal with, coming-of-age themes in other words. The target audience are teenagers but the work should also appeal to adults. Only entries written in English will be considered as the anthology is expected to have an international readership.

Please read the reviews of the earlier Growing Up Filipino to give you an idea of the kind of book Cecilia has in mind.

Deadline is July 15, 2021, but the sooner you get your work to Cecilia, the better. Payment is $50 and a copy of the book. Please email your submission to [email protected] I’d appreciate knowing if you plan to submit work. Thank you.


Some Reviews for Growing Up Filipino to give you an idea of the current project:

“Emerging and established award-winning writers are the authors of this fine collection of 29 stories about what it means to be young and Filipino in the Philippines and in the United States. …This impressive array captures the complexities of both the Filipino culture and history and the realities of the lives of young adults no matter what their ethnic affiliation. Each story is assigned to one of five universal themes: family, angst, friendship, love, and home. “(Glenna Sloan, Bookbird Journal International. Children’s Literature, IBBY)

“These 29 short stories offer a highly textured portrait of Filipino youth and an excellent sampling of creative writing. … Authors include those born and continuing to live in the Philippines, emigres, and American-born Filipinos. Tough but relevant topics addressed include a gay youth’s affection for his supportive mother, the role of religious didacticism in the formation of a childhood perception, consumer culture as it is experienced by modern teens in Manila, and coping with bullies of all ages and stations in life. …” (School Library Journal)