Most of this is meant for workshop virgins (like I was). Workshop veterans probably already know the drill, and so can skip on to Dumaguete-specific tips.
So, newbies, listen up. First: read the requirements carefully.
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
Therefore: Do not mix and match categories, e.g., sending in two short stories and a poem. Do not send works not in the categories above, e.g., a novel. The workshop revolves around the short story, the poem, the essay, and -- this year, apparently -- the one-act play. As a fellow, it is your work in one particular area that will be critiqued.
Don't send in more than the required number of works. The reviewers will not have time to read them all. In fact, just send in the minimum number, e.g., three stories or three essays or seven poems. Just make sure they're your best.
(It is possible to have one of your works in another category critiqued in the workshop, but this is arranged with the panelists during the workshop itself.)
Only unpublished manuscripts are accepted. Works which have previously won in literary contests will not be accepted.
This is because the purpose of the workshop is to improve one of your unpublished works, not an exercise in additional ego-stoking.
As to the format:
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.
Not specifically mentioned, but it would help if you include hardcopies of your work (sans byline). This will save Dr. Tiempo's staff the trouble of printing them out, and it will increase the chances of your work actually being read.