The UP Institute of Creative Writing (ICW) is now accepting submissions for the 16th issue of Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature. The journal will be made available online through our own website, panitikan.ph, and the UP Diliman Journals Online archives.

The Philippines’ leading literary peer-reviewed journal, the Likhaan Journal is published annually with funding from the University of the Philippines. It features the best of new and unpublished Philippine writing in English and Filipino, and is open to all Filipinos, whether based in the country or based abroad. Submissions to the journal undergo a strict pre-screening and double-blind refereeing process by both the editors and a panel of referees composed of eminent writers and critics from within and outside UP.

Dr. Jose Y. Dalisay, Jr. will be the editor for this issue, with Prof. Charlson Ong and Prof. Ramon Guillermo as the associate editors.

Jose Y. Dalisay, Jr., known as Butch Dalisay to readers of his column in the Philippine STAR, is a fictionist, essayist, and playwright. He has received the National Book Award from the Manila Critics Circle for five of his books. He has also won many other awards including 16 from the Palanca, five from the CCP, and more from the Famas, Urian, Star, and Catholic Film awards. He was named one of The Outstanding Young Men of 1993 for his creative writing. Dr. Dalisay has also been a fellow of Fulbright, Hawthornden, David TK Wong, Rockefeller, and the British Council.

Charlson Ong is a fictionist and scriptwriter. His works range from parodies of well-loved Filipino texts to insightful treatments of Chinese-Filipino culture, a prime example being the short story collection “Men of the East and Other Stories.” Ong has joined various workshops here and abroad, and has accumulated numerous awards including the National Book Award, Palanca, and the Dr. Jose P. Rizal Award for Excellence. He is currently a professor of creative writing and literature at the University of the Philipines.

Ramon Guillermo (also Bomen Guillermo) is a Filipino novelist, poet, translator, and academic who is known for his activism and his contributions to literature and the field of Southeast Asian Studies. He is also a Professor at the Center for International Studies (CIS) at the University of the Philippines Diliman. He is known for works like his first novel Ang Makina ni Mang Turing and the academic text 3 Baybayin Studies, which was featured in the 7th Interdisciplinary Book Forum of the UP ICW. 

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The guidelines for submission are as follows:

1. Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature accepts submissions in the following genres, in both English and Filipino:

  • Short stories ranging from about 12 to 20 pages (about 4,000 to 7,500 words) double-spaced, in 12 points Times Roman, New York, Palatino, Book Antique, Arial or similar fonts. A suite of short prose pieces will be considered.
  • A suite of four to seven poems, out of which the editors might choose three to five. Long poems will be considered in lieu of a suite.
  • Literary and personal essays, including memoirs, profiles, etc., subject to the same length limitations as short stories (see above).
  • Critical/scholarly essays, subject to the same length limitations as short stories (see above).
  • Excerpts from graphic novels, or full, short graphic stories, for reproduction in black and white on no more than 10 printed pages, 6” x 9.” Excerpts should be accompanied by a synopsis of the full narrative.
  • Chapters of novels, works that are published and soon-to-be-published, and works-in-progress will not be accepted.

2. All submissions must be original and previously unpublished.

3. All submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter (including the author’s contact information) and a biographical sketch of no more than one or two short paragraphs.

4. Contributors must also include at least three keywords that will facilitate searching and archiving of the work. If the work is written in a native language, a summary/description, title, and keywords in English must also be included.

5. Submissions must be emailed to [email protected]. Please use the following subject line and filename format: [Language], [Genre], [Title], [Author’s Last Name]. For example: English, Fiction, “The Life,” Aquino. The attachment should either be a .DOC, .DOCX or .RTF file

6. All submissions should be received (whether by e-mail or post) no later than January 31, 2022.

All submissions will undergo a strict pre-screening and blind refereeing process by the editors, and a panel of referees composed of eminent writers and critics from within and outside the University of the Philippines.

Writers whose work will be accepted for publication will receive cash payment and a copy of the published journal.

The editors reserve the right to edit any and all materials accepted for publication. The editors may also solicit or commission special, non-refereed articles for publication outside of the aforementioned genres and categories to enhance the editorial content and balance of the journal.