UPDATE: The covered period for publishing is 2020-2021.

We continue the tradition of encouraging the best efforts of young writers. Likhaan is now opening nominations for the 22nd Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Awards, with this round featuring titles written in Filipino. The deadline is May 31, 2022.

For the past twenty years, the MGBFBA has honored the most exemplary first books of young writers in the Philippines. It is difficult to write one’s first book, and making it stand out from the rest is an even tougher challenge. Through this award, the UP ICW continues to encourage writers to bring their best foot forward into the literary world, even in the face of a pandemic. 

Publishers and independent entities may nominate as many titles as they want for the award as long as it is the first book of the author, and as long as these books were published from 2020-2021.

The nominated book may be (1) a collection of poems; (2) a collection of short stories; (3) a full-length novel; (4) a collection of plays; (5) a collection of creative nonfiction (literary essays, autobiography, biography, travelogue, newspaper columns, etc.); or (6) a graphic novel or collection of short graphic stories. Please note that while we are using the UNESCO definition of a book as a publication of at least 49 pages (not including the cover pages), we are open to children’s books that might fall below 49 pages. Similarly, we welcome self-published work. Books that do not fall under the category of creative writing are not qualified. 

Email the cover letter and  entries at [email protected] with this subject line:

MGBFBA2022_(Last name, First name / Organization)_(Title of Nomination)

Submissions must also be accompanied by five (5) copies of each nominated book. Further instructions for book shipping will be sent by our staff together with the email confirmation of received entries. 

Winners of the award are entitled to a P50,000 cash prize. 

The awarding ceremony will be held sometime in November 2022. For inquiries and concerns, you may also email us at the email address above.