Call for applications to 1st Cebu Writers' Workshop

HABLON (Hugpong sa mga Magsusulat sa Sugbo), in partnership with the Katitikan Literary Journal, is accepting applications for the 1st Cebu Writers’ Workshop to be held on February 7 to 9, 2020 in Oslob, Cebu.

Twelve fellowships will be available for the following genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, critical essay, and drama.

Deadline for the submission of manuscripts is on December 15, 2019.

To be eligible, one must not have attended any national writers’ workshops organized by reputable creative writing centers and institutions.

Visayan fellows will be prioritized but slots could be given to qualified writers outside the Visayas upon verification and revalidation.

Original and unpublished entries may be in Binisaya, English, Hiligaynon, Waray, and other Visayan languages (with translations to Binisaya and/or English).

  • For poetry, a suite of four poems written for the page or for performance (not more than 70 lines for each poem);
  • For fiction, two short stories (2,000 to 5,000 words each) of any genre, one novel chapter (3,000 to 6,000 words each) with a synopsis (500 words), or a suite of three works of flash fiction (500 to 1,500 words each);
  • For creative non-fiction, two works of creative non-fiction (2,000 to 5,000 words each) such as non-fiction memor, personal essays, travel writing, or other hybrid forms; or a suite of three micro-essays or works of flash non-fiction (500 to 1,500 words each);
  • For critical essay, one essay (5,000 to 8,000 words) that can be generally understood to engage critical discourses with a particular/or variety of texts such as literature, film, and cultural phenomena; and/or through a relevant theoretical framework. Critical essays concerning the Philippines/Visayas will be prioritized.
  • For drama, a 10 to 25-page 10-minute play or one-act play.

Applicants may apply for more than one genre but they must indicate their preferred genre.

Accepted fellows will be provided with food and accommodation for the duration of the workshop, three days and two nights. Fellows from outside Cebu, if accepted, must shoulder their own transportation expenses. Fellows are expected to stay for the entire duration of the workshop.

The general theme for the workshop will be "Resistance and Insistence", or the exploration of the complex dynamics in resisting institutions of marginalization and the need for reassertion of the position of the marginal and the others. This theme will be broadly conceived and the works to be accepted will not be limited within the given theme.

Email electronic copies, in MS Word format, Garamond font 12, double spaced (with the exception on poetry), of the manuscript to with the subject Surname_Genre_Language_CWW (example, Dela Cruz_Fiction_Cebuano_CWW).

The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript.

In the email’s body, indicate your full name, address (within/outside the Visayas), institutional affiliation (workplace and/or school), mobile number (highly needed), a high quality photo (for poster purposes), and a short bio note (150 to 300 words in the third person point of view). (PR)


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