Katitikan Issue 5: Writes and Rights

Introduction

Our Voices, Words of Law
Ria Valdez

 

Fiction

Ang Batang sa Pangpang
Mark Alden Arcenal

Ang Kuwento ni Lola Mina
John Carlo S. Gloria

Ang Mga Naulila
Mark Anthony Angeles

Baldado
Mark Anthony Angeles

Biting Mouths, Bitten Hands
Kent Reymark Tocayon

Cybora
Malaya

Dark Side of the City
Shinnen Cahandig

Executive Order
Mark Anthony Angeles

Feli
Ariel B. Logroño

Ikalawang Kamatayan
Malaya

Makit-an Pa Nako Siyang Galaroy-laroy sa Kilid-kiliran
Cyrus Adrian C. Rom

Messenger
John Carlo S. Gloria

Nanaghoy ang Dahili sa Ginbiktan
Rey B. Araneta

Nataran
Ronan R. Lingatong

Pamainit
Ronnel Victor Kilat

Pilipinas, 2026
John Carlo S. Gloria

The Call of the Dead
Catlyn Rose Laurente

The Slaying of the War Crab
Junelie Anthony Velonta

The Symphony of Frogs
Ava Arnejo

 

Poetry

A friend asks if I’ve been writing
Andre Aniñon

Across the Multiverse
Hezron Pios

Bato nga Ginoo
Gilford Doquila

Dagat-dagatang Putik
John Rafael M. Alcantara

Evidence
Alyza Taguilaso

For Simon
Raphael Salise

From the Top of the Bridge
Liane Carlo R. Suelan

Hukayin Natin ang Langit
Gerald Castillo Galindez

Karayom
Jason Federigan Pozon

Lesson in Immunology
Andre Aniñon

Makinang de Pedal
Jason Federigan Pozon

Manikin
Jason Federigan Pozon

Medida
Jason Federigan Pozon

No Loitering Allowed
Aki Dueñas

Sa Mga Hantatawo
Ivan Ridge Arbizo

The students are overjoyed
Andre Aniñon

Tumbang Preso
Harvey Castillo

 

Essay

Reclaiming Narratives: EliBarra Fix-it Fanfiction as a Queer Reparative Reading of Noli Me Tangere
Sean Marcus Ingalla

Salt and Coffee
David Madriaga

Visceral
Gershom Mabaquiao

 

Drama

May Sarong Kulibangbang
Jobert Grey Landeza

Nauli Man Lagi Ka?
Dan Ian Niño B. Jaducana

Pagpangandam
Yudi Santillan III

Troll
Mark Andy Pedere

Call for Submissions: Katitikan Issue 5: Writes and Rights

Katitikan provides a platform for both Southern voices as traditionally understood in the scholarship, but also about scholarship that engages with the idea of the Philippines as a discourse on the South.
For the upcoming issue, Katitikan aims to explore the many intersections of writing and social justice in the Philippines. From issues of human rights, social inequalities, political unrest, to stories of resilience, empowerment, and triumph. In this issue, possible themes to explore may include but not limited to advocacy for human rights and social issues, resistance against oppression and inequality, empowerment of marginalized voices and communities, reflections on current events and issues affecting the country, and representations of hope, resilience, and transformation.
Contributors may submit the following:
  • Poems of not more than 60 lines each
  • Short stories ranging from 1,500 to 4,000 words
  • Flash fiction pieces ranging from 100 to 1,000 words
  • A chapter of a novel, including novel synopsis, ranging from 2000 to 4000 words
  • Essay and creative nonfiction ranging from 2500 to 4000 words
  • One-act play, screenplay or an excerpt from a full-length play ranging from 10 to 40 pages
  • Critical essays about Philippine Literature and/or the Philippine South ranging from 1500-5000 words in MLA format.
Entries may be written in Filipino, Binisaya or in English. Works in other Philippine languages, with Filipino, Binisaya and/or English translation, are also welcome. Previously published writing is accepted, as long as you retain full publishing rights to the work. Exceptions may be made to the above guidelines with respect to both merit and the editorial board’s consideration. Please indicate publications and publication date where the work/s have appeared. The authors and artists will retain their full copyright ownership of their submissions, and no compensation will be provided.
Email your work in doc. or docx. format, with file name [Genre]_[Title]_[Author’s Last Name] (example: Poetry_Hello_Dela Cruz) to 𝐤𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐤𝐚𝐧.𝐣𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐥@𝐠𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐥.𝐜𝐨𝐦 together with the author’s name, a short bionote and contact number (optional).

Katitikan Issue 4: Queer Writing

Introduction

Ang Pagwiwika ng Bakla, Ang Pagbabakla ng Wika
Abner Dormiendo

 

Fiction

A Boy, Inarticulate
John Rey Dave Aquino

Ako
Gilford Doquila

Ang Libro ni Maria
Shinnen Cahandig

Birthday
Daniel C. Geraldez

Bukas Ulit ng Gabi
John Llyod Sabagala

Kumpisal
KC Daniel Inventor

Kung Pwede Lang
Eljay Castro Deldoc

Kuya Macoy
Liane Carlo R. Suelan

Man-og
KC Daniel Inventor

Pag-alala kay Jose Garcia Villa
Eric Abalajon

Paruparo
Jamil R. Figuracion

Sodom at Gomorrah
KC Daniel Inventor

They Don’t End Up Together
Sievney Quidet

Thirdy
Arnold Matencio Valledor

 

Poetry

Aftermath
Kristoff Peralta

Akó/Akò
Leo Cosmiano Baltar

Alagwa
Paul Joshua Morante

Ang mga Soltero sa Bailehan
KC Daniel Inventor

Babae Ako!
Lenard R. Diaz

Dance
Mai Santillan

Dead Chicken
Theo Itchon

Doorknobs
F. Jordan Carnice

Hanggang sa ang Verbo ay Magkatawang-tao
Daryl Pasion

In our Understanding the Self class
Vhinz Dacua

Kahel
Leo Cosmiano Baltar

Kintsugi
Jhio Jan A. Navarro

Kon Wala Imong Letra Sa LGBTQIA
Jan Angelique Dalisay

Monsoon Madness
Leo Fernandez Almero

Muni-muning Pagyakap sa Pagiging Mapag-isa’t Malaya sa Ilalim ng Buwan at Ibabaw ng Kamatayan
John Lloyd Sabagala

Sa Bayo
KC Daniel Inventor

Sa Darating
Leo Cosmiano Baltar

The Garden of Beings
Jan Angelique Dalisay

To Leonard Matlovich
Elvis A. Galasinao Jr.

 

Essay

Maupay (At Mga Katagang Waray na Di Ko Malilimutan)
Raya Martinez

My Other Name
Gilford Doquila

 

Drama

Ganito ang Pinangarap Kong Kasal
Eljay Castro Deldoc

Pigil-Gigil
Andyleen C. Feje

Katitikan Issue 3: (Re) Imaginations

Introduction

What Comes Next
Sigrid Gayangos

Fiction

The Ticket
Rochelle Ann T. Molina

Walang Susing Musoleyo
John Paul Albiola

Taglunod, Tagsunog
Erika Carreon

Quaranfic
Gabriela Baron

How Sitio San Roque turned into a Garden
Reil Benedict Obinque

Lamiraw
Cesar Miguel Escaño

Ghosts
Erika Carreon

Poetry

Partes
Brixter Tino

Bastardo
Mirick Paala

Daan
Mirick Paala

Pula Ang Unang Kulay ng Bahaghari
Mirick Paala

Calle Burgos
R.B. Abiva

Elehiya ng Talisain
Jhio Jan Navarro

Panauhin
Joshua Mari Lumbera

Mga Bulong ng Isang Bugkot Mula sa Biringan City
Mark Bonabon

Mula ng Tuwa Namin
Dennis Andrew Aguinaldo

anunugba
Jennifer Ebdani

awit sa langgam
Jennifer Ebdani

Infinite Backyard Choreography
Hezron Pios

Hip-hop in the Time of Appendicitis
Hezron Pios

Night Walkers
Rochelle Ann Molina

Salaysay ng Hindi Ko Sinali sa Opisyal na Ulat
Ben Aguilar

Utang
Ben Aguilar

Wika ng Pagdamay
Kristoffer Aaron Tiña

Ang mga Hindi Nakarating
Kristoffer Aaron Tiña

Tiket
Ronel Osias

Stay at Home
Ronel Osias

Affected Sectors
Ana Margarita Nunez

Santol
Jenelyn Garcia

Sa May Divisoria
Jules Yuan Roldan

Demolisyon
Jules Yuan Roldan

Essay

The Social Semiotics of Our Sensibility
Lakan Uhay Alegre

Drama

Hugas-Kamay
Ram Meris

Doktor Wakwak
Sharon Almocera

Somora
Jayne Arianna Grace Gotera

Call for Submissions: Katitikan Issue 3: (Re) Imaginations

“We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.”
– Arundhati Roy, The Pandemic is a Portal

In many ways, the pandemic has resurfaced and amplified the worst in the world: gross inequality, avarice, structural violence, institutionalized discrimination, etc. But something strange has happened as well. Ideas, solutions, changes that were once thought impossible, have now presented themselves as possible alternatives. And these changes give us a glimpse of a future we could aspire for. For the upcoming issue, we’re looking for works that either challenge our present realities, or those that explore a radical re-imagining of the future; works that resist the ‘normal’, by investigating and unpacking the past, by defying the present, and by imagining a future that requires radical societal change—radical changes, but not radically impossible. The theme for this issue, as broadly conceptualized but not limited to “(re)imaginations”.

Contributors may submit the following:

*Poems of not more than 70 lines each
*Short stories ranging from 1,000 to 4,000 words
*Flash fiction pieces ranging from 100 to 1,000 words
*A chapter of a novel, including novel synopsis, ranging from 2000 to 4000 words
*Essay and creative nonfiction ranging from 2500 to 4000 words
*One-act play, screenplay or an excerpt from a full-length play ranging from 10 to 40 pages
*Critical essays about Philippine Literature and/or the Philippine South ranging from 1500-5000 words in MLA format.

Entries may be written in Filipino, Binisaya or in English. Works in Hiligaynon, Waray, Chavacano, Maguindanaon and other Philippine languages, with Filipino, Binisaya and/or English translation, are also welcome. Previously published writing is accepted, as long as you retain full publishing rights to the work. Exceptions may be made to the above guidelines with respect to both merit and the editorial board’s consideration. Please indicate publications and publication date where the work/s have appeared.

Email your work in doc. or docx. format to 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬.𝐤𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐤𝐚𝐧@𝐠𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐥.𝐜𝐨𝐦 together with the author’s name, a short bionote and contact number (optional).