Monday, April 17, 2006

Creative Goals

Something to keep you all on your toes:

1. Caracoa
Deadline: 15 May 2006

Caracoa, the official literary publication of the Philippine Literary Arts Council (PLAC) and the longest-running journal of poetry in English in Asia, is now accepting submissions for Caracoa 2006.

The return of Caracoa marks the 25th anniversary of the PLAC. It will be the first Caracoa anthology to come out in almost ten years.

There is no specific theme for this issue. Those interested should submit two unpublished poems in English via email (word attachment only) thru Deadline for submission is 15 May 2006. Those submitting should include their contact info and a brief bio-data.

Caracoa 2006 will showcase the works of 20 to 25 poets and will be guest edited by several up and coming poets in English.

2. Poets Against Empire
Deadline: 1 July 2006

Poets Against Empire: An Anthology of Contemporary Filipino Poetry in the Age of Globalization is a multi-lingual anthology of contemporary Filipino poems in English and in Filipino vernaculars (Tagalog, Ilokano, Hiligaynon, Bisaya etc. in translation) to be edited by Joi Barrios, Fidelito C. Cortes, and Nerissa Balce.

It will focus on the violence and vagaries of globalization including poverty, underemployment, exploitation, forced migration, dislocation, war, and the lived experiences of Filipina/o workers, migrants and the undocumented around the globe. We seek poems that depict Filipino global experiences and realities -- the dreams, desires, fears and nightmares of Filipinos who live in the homeland or those forced to leave it. The collection will feature poems by Filipino writers and poets living in the Philippines or wherever the diaspora has taken them. We welcome contributions from new and established writers, in any of our national or regional languages. While we might consider some previously published works, the editors will give preference to new poems.

Submissions should be created as Word documents, sent as JPEG or PDF files. Contributors must send a brief bionote.

Poems that will be chosen for publication in the anthology will be announced in 1 October 2006. Deadline for submissions is 1 July 2006.

You can e-mail your submissions to, or send them via snail mail to

Maria Nerissa S. Balce
Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
409 Herter Hall
161 President's Drive
Amherst, MA 01003-9312

3. Bridport
Deadline: 15 May 2006

The Bridport Arts Centre in Dorset has issued a call for entries to the richest open writing competition in the English language!

Up for grabs are GBP 5,000 for a short story (up to 5000 words) or a poem (42 lines). Second prizes are GBP 1000 each, and third prize for each category is GBP 500.

Anyone can enter, so long as the work is unpublished. Entries must be in English, typewritten, single-sided, with pages numbered and securely fastened. Stories should be double-spaced. Entries must not show any name, address, nor identifying marks other than the title. All details should be on the entry form.

Submit to the British Council office, 10th floor Taipan Place, Emerald Avenue, Ortigas Centre, Pasig on or before May 15. Entries will not be returned, and no corrections may be made after the receipt. Entry fees for qualifying works from the Philippines will be covered by the British Council.

Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but the Bridport Prize will have unrestricted right to publish the winning poems and stories, including runners-up in their annual anthology. No competitor may win more than one prize in each category.

Grand Prize winners in the worldwide competition will be notified in writing by the beginning of October, 2006. Prizes will be awarded on November 18 during the Bridport Literary Festival.

The winning stories and those shortlisted will be read by leading London literary agents with a view to representing writers. The top 26 stories and poems will be published in the 2006 Bridport Anthology. The top 13 stories will be submitted further to the National Short Story Prize, worth GBP 15K, and the top 4 poems to the Forward Prize.

The Bridport Prize has been the first step in the careers of established poets and novelists such as Kate Atkinson, Tobias Hill, Helen Dunmore, and Carol Ann Duffy. It has been a yearly opportunity for writers since 1973.

For details, contact 914 1011 to 14.

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