CALL FOR CREATIVE WRITING TEACHERS FROM MINDANAO: The 2017 Kausaban Forum on Teaching Creative Writing

Editor's Note | March 3, 2017

In celebration of the National Literature Month, the Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC) and the Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP) of the Ateneo de Manila University, in partnership with the Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, present the 2017 Kausaban Forum on Teaching Creative Writing to be held 22 April 2017 at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan.

The forum, which is free of charge, welcomes teachers of creative writing in senior high schools, colleges, and universities in Northern Mindanao and its neighboring Mindanaoan regions.

The resource persons are writers-in-residence from Ateneo de Manila University such as poet Mark Anthony. R Cayanan, fictionist Allan N. Derain, essayist Martin V. Villanueva, and playwright Glenn S. Mas. The forum will consist of craft lectures on reading, writing, and teaching the four literary genres, open forum, and other parallel discussions.

No registration fee will be collected from the participants. However, they will provide the expenses of their transportation and food during the one-day event. Certificates and workshop materials will be given.

To register as a participant, email with the following information: (1) full name, (2) institutional affiliation, (3) home/permanent address, and (4) mobile number. Please wait for a reply which will serve as confirmation of your slot. (We advise that there should be only one delegate per institution as slots are limited.)

Inquiries and concerns may be addressed to the project coordinator Alton Melvar M Dapanas (NAGMAC director for operations/senior fellow for essay and poetry) through the same email.

Extension of Deadline of Submissions—The Cagayan de Oro Writers Workshop Year 2

Editor's Note | March 1, 2017


The Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC), in partnership with the Xavier University Department of English Language and Literature (XU DELL), CHED Center of Development in Literature in Mindanao, is now accepting applications for the 2nd Cagayan de Oro Writers Workshop to be held from 03 to 07 April 2017.

This year, fourteen (14) fellowships are available to emerging writers who were born and/or are currently based in all Mindanaoan regions—Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula, Caraga, Davao Region, SOCCSKSARGEN, and the ARMM. An all-expenses paid event, fellows will be provided with food, stay-in accommodation, and workshop materials for the event’s entire duration.

The panelists for this year’s workshop are some of Northern Mindanao’s literary stalwarts — essayist-fictionist Dr Ma Elena L Paulma, poet-playwright Dr German V Gervacio, and fictionist-critic Prof Thomas David F Chaves with poet Dr Arlene J Yandug as workshop director. The Antonio R Enriquez Memorial Lecture on Fiction will also be inaugurated. Keynote address will be delivered by regional literature luminary Raul G Moldez.

To be considered, submissions in Binisaya, Tagalog, or English must consist of any of the following:
· Poetry: a suite of five (5) poems; or
· Fiction: two (2) short stories; or three (3) flash fiction; or one (1) novel chapter with synopsis; or
· Literary Essay/Creative Nonfiction: two (2) literary essays/creative nonfiction (e.g. travel writing, literary journalism, nonfiction memoirs, or personal essays); or
· Drama: one (1) one-act play.

Applicants may apply for more than one literary genre. All entries should be previously unpublished and have not been included in a creative writing thesis. Alumni of any regional and national writers workshops are not eligible to apply.

Applicants may send manuscripts in Word format (font Arial or Times New Roman, size 12, double-spaced on 8.5 x 11 inches bond paper, doc/docx file) and comprehensive curriculum vitae (which should indicate active mobile number, permanent/home address in the region, school(s) attended, and birth date) with subject “CDOWW_Last Name_MI_First Name_Genre” (example: CDOWW_Dela Cruz_S_Anna Maria_Fiction) to before 08 March 2017, 11:59 PM. Each manuscript should not be more than thirty (30) pages. The applicant’s name should not appear on the manuscript. On the email’s body, include a 200 to 250-word bionote in the third person, a cover letter, and a 10 to 12-sentence answer to the prompt “Cite an ongoing/proposed literary project in your school and/or community that you are going to continue/start after the 2nd CDOWW. What are your concrete plans? How have you mobilized/will you mobilize it?” Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For inquiries from applicants, interested partners and sponsors, the workshop coordinators Alton Melvar M Dapanas and Abigail C James may be reached through NAGMAC’s Facebook page ( and email (

CALL FOR POETRY, PROSE, AND PLAYS: Libulan: Binisaya Anthology of Queer Literature

Editor's Note | February 12, 2017

Poster Artwork by Jegi Nero

“Libulan: Binisaya Anthology of Queer Literature”, named after a gender fluid deity of the precolonial Bisaya cosmogony, is now accepting poetry, short stories, flash narratives, literary nonfiction, critical essays, and one-act plays written in the Binisaya language. Translated works from other languages are also welcome. The literary anthology is born out of the need to assert the underrepresented and non-visible queer identity in Binisaya literature. It seeks contributions from emerging and established writers in Binisaya who identify themselves as LGBTQIA+ — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersexual, asexual, and others in the spectrum.

Submissions, either previously published or unpublished, may be any of the following: 1–2 poems (not more than 70 lines each); 1 one-act play; 1 flash narratives, i.e. flash fiction and flash nonfiction (500–1000 words); 1 short story (2500–4000 words); or 1 literary essay, i.e. nonfiction memoir, personal essay, travel writing, or other hybridized forms (2500–4000 words). Critical essays about queer works and writers (1500–4000 words in the MLA format) are also welcome. All prose and play submissions should be in Times New Roman font size 12, double spaced, in MS Word format. The anthology is also looking for works of visual art—paintings, illustrations, graphic design, digital photography, and typography—that will be considered for the anthology’s cover art and other pages. For previously published works, indicate publications where these have appeared.

Send manuscripts and/or artworks as email attachments to together with a cover letter indicating your full name, email address, mobile number, home address, and a short bio note in the email’s body. Deadline of submissions is 1 September 2017. Inquiries may be directed to the email address above.

Continue reading CALL FOR POETRY, PROSE, AND PLAYS: Libulan: Binisaya Anthology of Queer Literature

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: DLSU Announces the 17th IYAS La Salle National Writers’ Workshop

Editor's Note by | February 11, 2017

The Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center of De La Salle University-Manila (DLSU) is inviting writers to submit their application for the 17th IYAS La Salle National Writers’ Workshop, which will be held on April 24 – 27, 2017 at the European Documentation Centre, Henry Sy Sr. Hall, DLSU-Manila. The IYAS La Salle National Writers’ Workshop this year is in collaboration with the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), and supported by the DLSU Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation. The workshop director is Marjorie Evasco, and the project coordinators are Raymundo Pandan, Jr. and Shirley Lua.

The workshop fellowship screening committee accepts creative work in Hiligaynon, Cebuano, Filipino and English. Fellowships are awarded by genre and by language. Creative writing entries that explore the problematic human relations with the environment will be given preference for these fellowships. Ten (10) applicants will be chosen for the workshop fellowships, which will include transportation subsidy and board and lodging (for non-Metro Manila based fellows).

For workshop fellowship applications to be considered, the following requirements must be complied with: 1.) Submit original work in only one chosen literary genre and language: either 6 poems, 2 short stories, or 2 one-act plays. 2.) Send works in two (2) computer-encoded hard copies, font size 12 pts., double-spaced. 3.) Include in the folio a page that would have the applicant’s complete mailing and electronic contact address, contact number, and a short resume. 4.) Mail by March 6, 2017 the hard copies and all requirements to Dr. Marjorie Evasco, Iyas La Salle National Writers’ Workshop Director, c/o Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center, De La Salle University, 24o1 Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila 0922.

For inquiries, please call BNSCWC (632) 5244611 local 233; email bnscwc at dlsu dot edu dot ph or iyas17workshop at gmail dot com.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: The 2nd Cagayan de Oro Writers Workshop

Editor's Note | January 31, 2017

The Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC), in partnership with Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan’s Department of English Language and Literature (XU DELL), CHED Center of Development in Literature in Mindanao, is now accepting applications for the annual Cagayan de Oro Writers Workshop to be held from 03 to 07 April 2017.

Fourteen (14) fellowships are available to emerging writers who were born and/or are currently based in Northern Mindanao — Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte (including Iligan), Misamis Occidental, and Misamis Oriental (including Cagayan de Oro). An all-expenses paid event, fellows will also be provided with food, stay-in accommodation, and workshop materials for the event’s entire duration.
Continue reading CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: The 2nd Cagayan de Oro Writers Workshop

NAGMAC’s Call for Submission for the Bulawan Literary Zine Issue 02: ‘Dissent/Defiance’

Editor's Note | January 1, 2017

Dissent, defiance: in Binisaya, supak, pagbikil; in Filipino, pagtutol, pagsuway (respectively). According to dictionary definitions, “dissent” as a verb means to hold or express opinions at variance with those previously, commonly, or officially express; while “defiance” is open resistance, or bold disobedience. The term is apt in articulating the responses to the turbulent events that rocked our everyday lives as residents of Northern Mindanao and the rest of the country.

Potential contributors are emerging and established writers who (1) are born and/or based in Northern Mindanao and (2) are Filipino citizens residing in the Philippines (outside Northern Mindanao) or abroad whose works are about the region.

We are looking for previously unpublished fiction and nonfiction prose, poems, and (unperformed) plays in Binisaya, Filipino, English, or a combination of these three languages. Contributors are asked to submit their best works in either of the following: 1 to 3 poems (not more than 60 lines each); 1 one-act play (15 pages); 1 flash narrative (500-1,500 words); 1 short story (3,500-5000 words); or 1 creative nonfiction/literary essay (3,500-5000 words). We are also looking for critical essays (3,500-5000 words – MLA citation format) about Northern Mindanao literature and book reviews (1,000-2,500 words) of works by Northern Mindanao authors. Except for poetry, all prose submissions should be in font size 12 in Arial, Courier New, or Times New Roman, and must be in Microsoft word (.doc) format. It should also be set in standard manuscript format; for more guidelines about manuscript formatting, look for William Shunn’s guide to Proper Manuscript Format. We are also looking for art works (at least 3) that will be considered for the cover art of the next volume. It should conform to the theme and it must be set in .jpeg file.

Send your manuscripts and artworks as email attachment to, together with a cover letter indicating your full name and contact information, as well as a 2-3 sentence bio-note. The email must have this subject line: “Bulawan zine submission, genre/art, and title of literary/art work” (ex. Bulawan zine submission, Flash Narrative, Bayo ni Dodong). For poetry submissions, choose one title for the subject line, while the document to be attached in the email must contain at least three (3) poems. Email sent without this subject line will automatically be filtered as spam and marked unread. Letters of acceptance and rejections will be sent out weeks after the deadline. Deadline of submission is until 11:59 p.m. of 31 March 2017.

The editorial board is composed of Mark Anthony L Daposala (poetry editor), Abigail C James (fiction editor), Vel Marie M Santillan (drama editor), and Alton Melvar M Dapanas (creative nonfiction/literary essay editor) with Zola Gonzalez-Macarambon as consultant. Eric John B Villena serves as the general editor.

Inquiries may be addressed to NAGMAC’s official email or Facebook page The publication, as independently published, is unable to give honorarium to its contributors.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Best of Dagmay 2 Book Launch on December 4, at The Big House

Editor's Note | November 30, 2016


The Davao Writers Guild cordially invites you to the launching of “The Best of Dagmay 2” on December 4, 2016, Sunday, 4 PM, at The Big House: A Heritage Home, Juna Subdivision, Matina, Davao City.

“The Best of Dagmay 2” is an anthology of the best poems, short stories, plays, and essays in Dagmay from 2010 to 2012. The anthology is edited by Don Pagusara, Jhoanna Lynn B. Cruz, John B. Bengan, and Dominique Gerald Cimafranca.

This book compiles pieces from the following Mindanawon writers: Paul Randy Gumanao, Raul Moldez, Al Ponciano Datu, Jayson Parba, Romel Villaflor, Arifah Jamil, Freeda Ko, Alpha Khristine Fortun, Khareen Culajara, Rolly Jude Ortega, Rogelio Garcia, Hazel Meghan Hamile, Melona Mascariñas, Darylle Rubino, Jeffrey B. Javier, Maureen Ronquillo, Riza Racho, Erika Navaja, Vangie Dimla-Algabre, RedRose Serrano, Iryne Kaamino, Ric Bastasa, Gratian Paul Tidor, JM Cortes Acut, Gino Dolorzo, Telesforo Sungkit, Jr., Tala Alexander, Lyda May Sual, Edgar Bacong, Mark Daposala, Zola Macarambon, Glyd Jun Arañes, Karla Stefan Singson, Maiq Bonghanoy, Djamyla Millona, Reymond Pepito, Margaux Denice Garcia, Jetro Eco Anta, Christian Cabagnot, Karlo David, Arian Tejano, Ruel Soriano, Aimee Rosal, Seneca Pellano, Vida Valverde, Fritz Gerald M. Melodi, and Sergei Reyes.

Copies of “The Best of Dagmay 2” will be available during the launch at a special discounted price of P250.

Call for Membership Applications: Northern Mindanao Writers Group

Editor's Note | November 25, 2016


The Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC), a young artists collective of established and emerging poets, essayists, fictionists, and playwrights, is now open for membership applications. Applicant must be born and/or (currently) based in Northern Mindanao—Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Oriental (Cagayan de Oro), and Misamis Occidental. NAGMAC aims to provide opportunities for local writers to enhance their skills and receive further education about their craft through workshops, clinics, and other forms of critiquing; provide a venue for editorial development and support group for those making a career with their creative works; create an open artistic community within the region that recognizes up-and-coming homegrown talents; and cultivate an inclusive community of literate and discerning readers and patrons of local literature and the arts.
Continue reading Call for Membership Applications: Northern Mindanao Writers Group

Call for Submissions to a Northern Mindanao Literary Anthology

Editor's Note | October 16, 2016

The Project. The editors are interested in pieces that evoke a strong sense of place, its landscapes, history, and diversity of cultures in Northern Mindanao—Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Bukidnon, Camiguin, and Lanao del Norte.The anthology is open to both established and emerging writers (1) who live in Northern Mindanao, (2) who live elsewhere but grew up in Northern Mindanao, OR (3) have spent a good period of time in Northern Mindanao enough to inspire memories and feelings. The project is spearheaded by the Department of English of Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Cagayan de Oro City.

Continue reading Call for Submissions to a Northern Mindanao Literary Anthology

Pangandungan: Young Pens of GenSan

Editor's Note by | August 7, 2016

Some young writers in General Santos City have recently formed a group to help enrich the literary heritage of the SOCCSKSARGEN Region. Named Pangandungan, after the largest gong of the kulintang, the group is composed of young professionals and students in tertiary and graduate school. The initial members are Saquina Karla C. Guiam, Kloyde Caday, Jade Mark Capiñanes, Adonis Hornoz, Ronnie Barrientos, Norman Ralph Isla, David Jayson Oquendo, Katrina Buhian, Ken Rix Baldoza, Adnan Razul, and Paul Bastareche. Pioneering writers Gilbert Tan and Noel Pingoy act as advisers. Membership will be opened soon to other literary enthusiasts. As its first activity, Pangandungan held a poetry reading on July 29, 2016, in General Santos City. Dubbed #Hugot Gensan, the event also featured spoken word performances. The group can be contacted on its Facebook page (Pangandungan) or on Twitter (@pangandungan).