Deadline for submissions to the 56TH Silliman University National Writers Workshop extended to November 21

The Silliman University National Writers Workshop is extending its deadline for applications for the 56TH Silliman National Writers Workshop to November 21, 2016.

The workshop, to be held from May 8 to 19, 2017 at the Silliman University Rose Lamb Sobrepeña Writers Village and the Silliman University campus, is offering ten fellowships to promising writers in the Philippines who want to have a chance to hone their craft and refine their style. Fellows will be provided housing, a modest stipend, and a subsidy to partially defray costs of their transportation.
All manuscripts should comply with the instructions stated below. (Failure to do so will automatically eliminate their entries).

Applicants for Fiction and Creative Nonfiction fellowships should submit three to four (3-4) entries. Applicants for Poetry fellowships should submit a suite of seven to ten (7-10) poems. Applicants for Drama fellowships should submit at least one (1) One-Act Play.

Each fiction, creative nonfiction, or drama manuscript should not be more than 20 pages, double spaced. We encourage you to stay well below the 20 pages.

Manuscripts should be submitted in five (5) hard copies. They should be computerized in MS Word, double-spaced, on 8.5 x 11 inches bond paper, with approximately one-inch margin on all sides. Please indicate the category (FICTION, CREATIVE NONFICTION, POETRY, or ONE-ACT DRAMA) immediately under the title. The page number must be typed consecutively (e.g., 1 of 30, 2 of 30, and so on) at the center of the bottom margin of each page. The font should be Book Antiqua or Palatino, and the font size should be 12.

The applicant’s real name and address must appear only in the official application form and the certification of originality of works, and must not appear on the manuscripts.

Manuscripts should be accompanied by the official application form, a notarized certification of originality of works, and at least one letter of recommendation from a literature professor or an established writer. All requirements must be complete at the time of submission.

Send all applications or requests for information to Department of English and Literature, attention Assistant Professor Lady Flor Partosa, Workshop Coordinator, 1/F Katipunan Hall, Silliman University, 6200 Dumaguete City. For inquiries, email us at silliman.cwc@gmail.com or call 035-422-6002 loc. 350.

CW Student Wins 3rd Prize in Palanca Awards

Michael Aaron Gomez, third year Creative Writing student at the English and Literature Department in Silliman University and SU National Writers Workshop Fellow for Fiction in 2012, was awarded the 3rd Prize in the 2016 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature for his full-length play in English Tirador ng Tinago. The award was given on September 2, 2016 at the Rigodon Ballroom of the Manila Peninsula Hotel, Makati City.

A tribute to the 90s action movies the author has grown up watching, the three-act play revolves around the main character Arturo Peligroso of Baranggay Tinago, who is a carpenter/handyman by day and hitman by night. Peligroso finds himself in a dangerous dilemma “between his livelihood and his eroded principles” when after being enlisted for an assassination plot by a mayoralty candidate, his wife discovers a gun at their home. The story then unravels Peligroso’s notorious role in the city’s underworld.

Written around January 2016 as a requirement for his Playwriting class under Prof. Ian Rosales Casocot, the piece was originally a one-act play, but because of its length became a full-length play instead. The play, with its wry humor and sardonic wit, takes a lighthearted jab at playwriting itself. The metafictional conceit, admits the author himself, needs further elaboration but acknowledges that the “idea [is] strong enough” to hold the piece together (or in his words, it keeps the play from “failing catastrophically”).

Despite his own critique of his work, Mike is thankful. “I am genuinely gratified that my work has been recognized by such a hallowed body as the Palanca...” He extends his gratitude to his friends who played as his characters during the play presentation in his Playwriting class, to his friend CP Manio from whom he got the idea of the play, and to “that very special one” who is his inspiration.

What’s next for the writer after winning one of the most sought-after and prestigious literary awards in the country? 

For Mike, “This recognition only inspires me to do better work.”

Distinguished writer An Lim is new Silliman Workshop Director

     Multi-awarded writer Jaime An Lim has been appointed Director-in-Residence for  the            56th  Silliman University National Writers Workshop by Silliman University President Dr.      Ben S.  Malayang III upon the recommendation of the Advisory Board of the Edilberto            and Edith Tiempo Creative Writing Center through its coordinator, Lady Flor Partosa.

Excelling both in prose and poetry, An Lim has received various awards such as the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for fiction in English, short story for children, and essay; while he was a graduate student in Indiana University in the U.S., he was given the Ellis Literary Award for Best Graduate Fiction and the Academy of American Poets Prize. In 2000, he was awarded the Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas (for Poetry and Fiction in English) by the Unyon ng Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL).

An Lim is also a multi-degree holder, obtaining his PhD and MA degrees in Comparative Literature as well as an MS and Ed.S degrees in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. Through the years, he has held various teaching, administrative, and consultancy positions: English Consultant for Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities (MUCI) in Indonesia; Full Professor of English at MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology; and Dean in the Institute of Arts and Sciences at Far Eastern University.

As fellow of the Silliman University National Writers Workshop (Batch 1973) and alumnus of Silliman University (M.A. English in Creative Writing, 1974), Dr. An Lim comes back to the campus by the sea as the Director-in-Residence for the 2017 Silliman University National Writers Workshop, which is scheduled from May 8 to 19 in 2017. 

For more information about forthcoming events during the workshop, please email Workshop Coordinator Lady Flor Partosa at nww@su.edu.ph or call the Department of English and Literature at (035) 422-6002 loc. 520. (Edilberto and Edith Tiempo Creative Writing Center)

Call for Manuscripts to the 56th Silliman University National Writers Workshop

The Silliman University National Writers Workshop is now accepting applications for the 56th Silliman University National Writers Workshop to be held from May 8 to 19, 2017 at the SU Rose Lamb Sobrepeña Writers Village and the Silliman University campus.

This Writers Workshop is offering ten fellowships to promising writers in the Philippines who want to have a chance to hone their craft and refine their style. Fellows will be provided housing, a modest stipend, and a subsidy to partially defray costs of their transportation.

To be considered, applicants should submit manuscripts in English on or before November 14, 2016. All manuscripts should comply with the instructions stated below. (Failure to do so will automatically eliminate their entries).

Applicants for Fiction and Creative Nonfiction fellowships should submit three to four (3-4) entries. Applicants for Poetry fellowships should submit a suite of seven to ten (7-10) poems. Applicants for Drama fellowships should submit at least one (1) One-Act Play. Each fiction, creative nonfiction, or drama manuscript should not be more than 20 pages, double-spaced. We encourage you to stay well below the 20 pages. Manuscripts should be submitted in five (5) hard copies. They should be computerized in MS Word, double-spaced, on 8.5 x 11 inches bond paper, with approximately one-inch margin on all sides. Please indicate the category (FICTION, CREATIVE NONFICTION, POETRY, or ONE-ACT DRAMA) immediately under the title. The page number must be typed consecutively (e.g., 1 of 30, 2 of 30, and so on) at the center of the bottom margin of each page. The font should be Book Antiqua or Palatino, and the font size should be 12.

The applicant’s real name and address must appear only in the official application form and the certification of originality of works, and must not appear on the manuscripts. Manuscripts should be accompanied by three forms: (1) the official application form, (2) a notarized certification of originality of works, and (3) the form letter of recommendation from a literature professor or an established writer. These forms are available upon request from silliman.cwc@gmail.com, or from the official website at www.su.edu.ph/nww. All requirements must be complete at the time of submission.

Send all applications or requests for information to Department of English and Literature, attention Assistant Professor Lady Flor Partosa, Creative Writing Center Coordinator, 1/F Katipunan Hall, Silliman University, 6200 Dumaguete City. For inquiries, email us at silliman.cwc@gmail.com or call 035- 422-6002 loc. 350.