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Call for Participants: 1st Cebu Writers’ Workshop

Hablon (Hugpong sa mga Magsusulat sa Sugbo), in partnership with the Katitikan Literary Journal, is now accepting applications for the 1st Cebu Writers? Workshop to be held on February 7 to 9, 2020 at Oslob, Cebu. Twelve (12) fellowships will be available for the following genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, critical essay, and drama. 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 for qualified writers outside Visayas upon verification and revalidation processes.

Entries (original and unpublished works) in Binisaya and/or English, or those written in Hiligaynon, Waray, and other Visayan languages (with translations to Binisaya and/or English) shall be composed of any of the following:

Poetry: A suite of four poems written for the page or for performance (not more than 70 lines for each poem)

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)

Creative Nonfiction: Two works of creative nonfiction (2,000 to 5,000 words each) such as nonfiction memoir, personal essays, travel writing, or other hybridized forms; or a suite of three micro-essays or works of flash nonfiction (500 to 1,500 words each)

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.

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 within the three days and two nights duration of the workshop. There is no registration fee but those fellows particularly living outside of Cebu, if accepted, will shoulder their own transportation expenses. Fellows are expected to stay in 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 other. This theme will be broadly conceived and the works to be accepted will not be limited within the given theme.

Electronic copies, in MS Word format, Garamond font 12, double spaced (with the exception on poetry), of the manuscript shall be emailed to with the subject Surname_Genre_Language_CWW (example, Dela Cruz_Fiction_Cebuano_CWW). The author?s name should not appear on the manuscript. On the email?s body, kindly 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).

Deadline for the submission of manuscripts is on December 15, 2019. All inquiries must be addressed through the aforementioned email address.

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