National Artist for Literature Edith L. Tiempo has announced a March 31 deadline for applications for fellowships to the 46th National Writers Workshop to be held in Dumaguete City from May 7 to 25.And in other news, I got an email from Ken Ishikawa this morning as well, informing me that the poems I submitted (I think this was December two years ago or January of last year) for the New Philippine Poetry Anthology, edited by Cirilo Bautista, was accepted. ^_^ Second publication of the year!
Panelists this year are Gemino Abad, Alfred Yuson, Susan Lara, Anthony Tan, DM Reyes, Marjorie Evasco, and others. They will compose the revolving panel of writers together with National Artist for Literature Edith Lopez Tiempo, and resident panelists César Ruìz Aquino, Bobby Flores Villasis, and Ernesto Superal Yee.
Fifteen (15) fellowships are open for young writers all over the country.
The first screening panel, composed of the workshop's resident writers, selects the writing fellows for the summer based on the manuscripts submitted by the applicants. These selected manuscripts are forwarded to the Director of the Workshop, who does the final screening and formally approves the final lineup of writing fellows.
The writing fellowship covers lodging for the full 22 days of the duration of the entire workshop, a modest stipend, one-way fare reimbursement, and workshop manuscripts and reading materials.
The applicant must submit original manuscripts consisting of at least three to five short (3-5) stories, or three to five (3-5) essays/creative non-fiction, or two (2) one-act plays, or seven to ten (7-10) poems. Stories, poems, plays, and essays in English are preferred. Only unpublished manuscripts are accepted. Works which have previously won in literary contests will not be accepted.
Other requirements include an application letter addressed to Workshop Director Dr. Edith Tiempo; a diskette or CD containing the various submitted literary works encoded in Microsoft Word; a recommendation letter from a renowned writer or literature teacher; two 2x2 pictures; and a brief biodata or résumé.
These must be sent before the 31 March 2007 deadline to Dr. Edith Lopez Tiempo, National Writers Workshop Director, c/o College Assurance Plan, 2nd Floor, CAP Building, Rizal Boulevard, , Negros Oriental, .
Accepted fellows are usually notified by postal mail, or email, or by phone call, although the announcement is usually published by major Philippine dailies.
Interested parties may also apply for sit-in or auditing privileges.
The National Writers Workshop was established by Edith and Edilberto Tiempo in 1962, making it the longest-running creative writing workshop in Asia. The 2007 edition is sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Silliman University, and College Assurance Plan, in coordination with the Creative Writing Foundation Inc. and the Dumaguete Literary Arts Service Group, Inc. Donors to the fellowship program include Senators Edgardo J. Angara and Mar Roxas as well as former NCCA Chairman Jaime Laya and Ms. Erlinda Panlilio.
Funnily enough, Gandalf is also included in this anthology, which marks the second time we're both going to appear in the same publication - the first one was just a couple of weeks ago, when we were printed side-by-side on The Philippine Free Press. Talk about emulating your mentor.
Now I'm crossing my fingers, since I have two stories already queued up for possible publication, and I'm waiting for the results of a couple of other contests. Still, this is shaping up to be quite a good year, writing-wise. Oh, and photos from Jilly's Singapore visit is coming up as well, so check out After Bright Lights during the weekend. ^_^
Okay, going back to work - still have to prepare a presentation for next week, and Freud isn't cooperating very well.