Friday, March 02, 2007

Call for Submissions to the 46th Dumaguete National Writers Workshop

Attention: writers.

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.

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 Only unpublished manuscripts are accepted.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, 6200 Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines.

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.


  1. I'm not sure how I can satisfy this requirement: "a recommendation letter from a renowned writer or literature teacher; two 2x2 pictures; and a brief biodata or résumé." I don't know of any renowned writer or lit teacher.

  2. You can ignore the recommendation letter. I didn't have one with mine when I got accepted. And Ian Casocot said over in his blog that it's not really required.

    I thought the 2x2 photo requirement was nonsensical and discriminatory, too. So I didn't send in any.

    Come to think of it, I really just sent in a brief letter of introduction with my pieces.

  3. Mr. Cimafranca, you just satisfied a nagging query I have all this time particularly the one that has to deal with having to summon one's infinitesimal influence in order to procure this much-ballyhooed Letter of Recommendation, which antisocials like me are not wont to succeed with marked grace. It's a blast of refreshing air, therefore, to know that a picture would seem as nonsensical a requirement as to spell disaster on one's status if not duly complied.

    For crying out loud, I have been meaning to join this workshop; but I have never had the right (body of) materials to show.

    Yet today, I will try with these smidgen of (pseudo)literary produce thus far. You may sample some at But sample at your own risk if you must.

    So, good luck to me? And thank you.

  4. Glad to hear I was of some help. And good luck! (Got a 404 on your blog link, though.)

  5. Oops, wrong url there; that should be Thanks. I can link you up to my blog, 'aight?

  6. Sure thing! Link back to your blog to follow soon.