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 It features the best of new and unpublished Philippine writing in English and Filipino. Submissions to the journal undergo a 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.

Read and download the Likhaan Journal below.

The previous issues of the Likhaan Journal are also available for download through the thumbnails below. 

The journal accepts:

  • Short stories ranging from about 12 to 30 pages 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.

All submissions must be original and previously unpublished, accompanied by a cover letter (including the author’s contact information) and a biographical sketch of no more than one short paragraph.

Email submissions must be sent using 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.

Annually, Likhaan: Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature calls for submissions in January. Authors must submit their works on or before April 30 for the November launch.

Writers whose work will be accepted for publication will receive an honorarium and 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.

Previous issues of the Likhaan Journal are available for download as PDF files at