Kidapawan City is now accepting entries to the First Salirok Prize

Editor's Note | December 7, 2017

A salirok is a simple drinking fountain devised by the upland tribes. Natural spring water, which flows abundantly on and around Mt. Apo, is made easier to drink by embedding a piece of bamboo into springs.

Like the mountain, brimming abundantly with water, under which the city sprawls, Kidapawan city too is a basin of narratives, rich with the raw stories of its diverse peoples. The capital of North Cotabato has been and continues to be the setting of many struggles, the cradle of many dreams. From conflict between races and faiths to tensions between generations and classes, Kidapawan has many stories to tell.

The Salirok Prize is a short story writing competition funded by the local government of Kidapawan and aimed at making the people of Kidapawan finally harness and process this abundance of material.

The Prize is open to any applicant born in, or who has lived for at least five years in, or whose family is from Kidapawan.

The Prize’s theme will be open, although judges will consider the timeliness of an entry’s subject matter. All entries must be about and/or set in Kidapawan and/or its former constituent towns of Makilala, M’lang, Magpet, Matalam, Arakan, Tulunan, andPresident Roxas.

Short stories may be in any language, but works written in languages other than English, Tagalog, and Cebuano must be accompanied by translations in any of those languages.

Submissions must be at least three thousand words long, but must also not be excessively lengthy. They must be encoded in .doc or .docx file in Times New Roman, with font size 12 and 1.5 spacing.

Submissions are to be made with an attached curriculum vitae containing the author’s recent photo. The author’s name must not appear on the file of the story.

All submissions must be made in soft copy, and must be submitted to the prize’s official email, Inquiries about the Prize may also be sent tothe email address, or through the prize’s FB page,

Deadline for submissions is 1 January, 2018. The first, second, and third prizes will be announced on 12 February, 2018, Kidapawan’s 20th Anniversary as a city.

Fictionist, critic, and amateur historian Karlo Antonio Galay David (winner of the Palanca and the Nick Joaquin Literary Awards)is serving as the inaugural Prize Director. For updates on the list of judges, please like and follow the Prize FB Page.

2017 Davao Writers Workshop Fellows

Editor's Note by | October 16, 2017

The Davao Writers Guild is pleased to announce the fellows to the 2017 Davao Writers Workshop.

The fellows for poetry are Marc Jeff Lañada from General Santos City, Jay Yañez from Iligan City, Jan Vernix Atis from the Island Garden City of Samal, Innah Alaman, Ian Derf Salvaña, and Marie Crestie Joie Contrata from Davao City, and Diosel Uyangoren from Maragusan, Compostela Valley.

The fellows for fiction are Mubarak Tahir, Mivida Gabrielle Garcia, and Angelo Lenard Yu from Davao City, Ralph Jake Wabingga from Sulop, Davao del Sur, and David Jayson Oquendo from Polomolok, South Cotabato.

The fellows for creative nonfiction are Charmaine Carrillo from Cagayan de Oro City, Hannah Rae Villarba from Davao City, and Erlyn Piolo from Surallah, South Cotabato.

The 2017 Davao Writers Workshop is organized by the Davao Writers Guild in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the University of the Philippines Mindanao.

The 2017 Davao Writers Workshop runs from November 30, 2017 to December 4, 2017.

Workshop sessions are open to those who are interested to listen to the discussions.

Call for Applications for 2017 Davao Writers Workshop

Editor's Note | August 2, 2017

The Davao Writers Guild is now accepting applications to the 2017 Davao Writers Workshop to be held on October 27 to 31, 2017.

Fifteen (15) fellowships are available, five (5) of which will be given to writers from outside Davao City but limited to residents living in Mindanao.

Applications are for the following genres: short fiction, poetry, essay, and play. They may be in English, Tagalog, or Binisaya. Entries should either contain 2 short stories (1,000 to 5,000 words), 2 essays (1,000 to 5,000 words), 2 one-act plays, or 5 poems.

Entries must be the applicants’ original works and should have not been accepted to another writers workshop or included in a creative writing thesis. Applicants should be a resident of Davao City or any part of Mindanao. Applicants should have not been an alumnus of the previous Davao Writers Workshop or a fellow to any of the national writers workshops. Accepted fellows will be given free board and lodging for the duration of the workshop.

Applicants are to:

  1. Fill out the application form
  2. Sign the certification form
  3. Attach the electronic copy (.doc, .docx, or .rtf file) of the manuscript
  4. Send certification form and manuscript to davaowritersworkshop[at]gmail[dot]com with subject: “DWW2017 Submission”

Deadline for submission is September 15, 2017.

For inquiries, please send a message to davaowritersworkshop[at]gmail[dot]com.

The 2017 Davao Writers Workshop is organized in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the University of the Philippines Mindanao.

You may find the Application Form and Certification Forms on the following links:
Application Form
Certification Form (.docx)

ANNOUNCEMENT: Best of Dagmay 2 Book Launch on December 4, at The Big House

Editor's Note | November 30, 2016


The Davao Writers Guild cordially invites you to the launching of “The Best of Dagmay 2” on December 4, 2016, Sunday, 4 PM, at The Big House: A Heritage Home, Juna Subdivision, Matina, Davao City.

“The Best of Dagmay 2” is an anthology of the best poems, short stories, plays, and essays in Dagmay from 2010 to 2012. The anthology is edited by Don Pagusara, Jhoanna Lynn B. Cruz, John B. Bengan, and Dominique Gerald Cimafranca.

This book compiles pieces from the following Mindanawon writers: Paul Randy Gumanao, Raul Moldez, Al Ponciano Datu, Jayson Parba, Romel Villaflor, Arifah Jamil, Freeda Ko, Alpha Khristine Fortun, Khareen Culajara, Rolly Jude Ortega, Rogelio Garcia, Hazel Meghan Hamile, Melona Mascariñas, Darylle Rubino, Jeffrey B. Javier, Maureen Ronquillo, Riza Racho, Erika Navaja, Vangie Dimla-Algabre, RedRose Serrano, Iryne Kaamino, Ric Bastasa, Gratian Paul Tidor, JM Cortes Acut, Gino Dolorzo, Telesforo Sungkit, Jr., Tala Alexander, Lyda May Sual, Edgar Bacong, Mark Daposala, Zola Macarambon, Glyd Jun Arañes, Karla Stefan Singson, Maiq Bonghanoy, Djamyla Millona, Reymond Pepito, Margaux Denice Garcia, Jetro Eco Anta, Christian Cabagnot, Karlo David, Arian Tejano, Ruel Soriano, Aimee Rosal, Seneca Pellano, Vida Valverde, Fritz Gerald M. Melodi, and Sergei Reyes.

Copies of “The Best of Dagmay 2” will be available during the launch at a special discounted price of P250.

Call for Membership Applications: Northern Mindanao Writers Group

Editor's Note | November 25, 2016


The Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC), a young artists collective of established and emerging poets, essayists, fictionists, and playwrights, is now open for membership applications. Applicant must be born and/or (currently) based in Northern Mindanao—Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Oriental (Cagayan de Oro), and Misamis Occidental. NAGMAC aims to provide opportunities for local writers to enhance their skills and receive further education about their craft through workshops, clinics, and other forms of critiquing; provide a venue for editorial development and support group for those making a career with their creative works; create an open artistic community within the region that recognizes up-and-coming homegrown talents; and cultivate an inclusive community of literate and discerning readers and patrons of local literature and the arts.
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Call for Submissions to a Northern Mindanao Literary Anthology

Editor's Note | October 16, 2016

The Project. The editors are interested in pieces that evoke a strong sense of place, its landscapes, history, and diversity of cultures in Northern Mindanao—Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Bukidnon, Camiguin, and Lanao del Norte.The anthology is open to both established and emerging writers (1) who live in Northern Mindanao, (2) who live elsewhere but grew up in Northern Mindanao, OR (3) have spent a good period of time in Northern Mindanao enough to inspire memories and feelings. The project is spearheaded by the Department of English of Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Cagayan de Oro City.

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Pangandungan: Young Pens of GenSan

Editor's Note by | August 7, 2016

Some young writers in General Santos City have recently formed a group to help enrich the literary heritage of the SOCCSKSARGEN Region. Named Pangandungan, after the largest gong of the kulintang, the group is composed of young professionals and students in tertiary and graduate school. The initial members are Saquina Karla C. Guiam, Kloyde Caday, Jade Mark Capiñanes, Adonis Hornoz, Ronnie Barrientos, Norman Ralph Isla, David Jayson Oquendo, Katrina Buhian, Ken Rix Baldoza, Adnan Razul, and Paul Bastareche. Pioneering writers Gilbert Tan and Noel Pingoy act as advisers. Membership will be opened soon to other literary enthusiasts. As its first activity, Pangandungan held a poetry reading on July 29, 2016, in General Santos City. Dubbed #Hugot Gensan, the event also featured spoken word performances. The group can be contacted on its Facebook page (Pangandungan) or on Twitter (@pangandungan).