“Jimmy launches it. BAAAAANGGGG!”

“Eight-Division World Champion”

“Philippines! The wait is over! The gold is yours!”

With those words, the Filipino stood tall. For a country always feeling diminutive on the world stage, moments when Filipino pride can loom large are treasured like gold. With Hidilyn Diaz finally ending the Philippine Olympic gold drought, Filipinos all over the world were one in celebration and joy for in that piece of metal gloriously hanging on Diaz’s neck lay the dreams of a people often finding themselves bearing the weight of lack. With poverty, corruption, and a demoralized culture hanging like ignoble medals on Filipinos’ neck, it is inevitable that Filipinos look for ways to assuage their plight. One of those ways is through sports. How often have we heard the story of a Filipino athlete using sports as a way out of poverty? It isn’t a coincidence that the most popular sports team in Philippine history bears the name of a drink that accompanies poor Filipinos in their lamentations about their lot in life.

It can be said that in sports the life of the Filipino can be seen. Often lacking funds for training, equipment, nutrition, facilities, and coaching, the Filipino is always faced with an uphill battle, often playing the role of the underdog. That is why when Alapag broke the mythic Korean curse, when Pacquiao became the only boxer to win titles in eight different weight classes, and when Diaz hoisted a burden greater than herself, all 7,641 islands of our archipelago became one in spirit. Those moments became visceral and legendary to every Filipino, stories to be told to children with teary-eyed pride and joyful remembrance.

It is in this light that the Department of Arts & Communication (DAC) sees the importance of giving recognition to the importance of the Filipino athlete and sports and the method it has seen appropriate to its function is through the publication of a literary anthology. The DAC invites contributors to submit literary work centered around sports. Interested parties may submit any or all of the following: one short story (5,000 words max), a collection of up to three poems, one essay (5,000 words max). The literary works may be in English or Filipino. Works in regional languages will be accepted provided that an English translation will accompany the submission. Submissions must be in DOCx file using Times New Roman font. Along with the submission, a bionote having a maximum of 100 words is also required. While all contributors retain responsibility for issues of copyright, they also retain copyright to their work upon publication.

All submissions undergo a double-blind review process. The deadline for submission is on October 31, 2021. Decisions will be communicated to individual contributors no later than December 30, 2021. Accepted submissions will be printed in either a volume published by a reputable academic press or the DAC’s in-house journal, The Reflective Practitioner. Submissions may be sent to [email protected]. We look forward to your support.