THE Libulan Queer Collective, a writers’ bloc of queer poets, essayists, fictionists, and playwrights from the southern Philippines, in partnership with YOUTeacH Philippines-Central Visayas and young writers collective Hablon, is now accepting applications to the 2019 Cebu Young Writers Studio to be held in February 2019 in Cebu City.
The Cebu Young Writers Studio, an adaptation of the Cagayan de Oro Young Writers Studio, is an annual creative writing fellowship for 12 of the most promising emerging poets, fictionists, essayists, playwrights, and screenwriters born and/or based in the regions of Western Visayas, Central Visayas, and Eastern Visayas. Fellowships are available per genre – poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction/essay, and drama. (Applicants may apply for more than one genre.)
To be eligible, an applicant must be born and/or based in the Visayas and not have attended any regional and national writers’ workshops organized by reputable creative writing centers and institutes.
Entries (original and unpublished works) in Binisaya and/or English (or those written in Hiligaynon, Waray, and other Visayan languages with translations to Binisaya and/or English) shall be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:
For a Poetry fellowship: a suite of three poems written for the page or for performance (not more than 60 lines each)
For a Fiction fellowship: two short stories (2,000 to 5,000 words each) of any genre; or 1 novel chapter (3,000 to 6,000 words each) with a synopsis; or a suite of three works of flash fiction (500 to 1,500 words each)
For a Creative Nonfiction/Essay fellowship: 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)
For a Drama fellowship: a one-act play or one short screenplay
The general theme for works to be submitted this year is on “sub/urbanscapes” – literary pieces that discuss sub/urban spaces and places in the Visayas – but is not confined only to this theme. Works that reflect the dynamics between the queer place and queer person may also qualify for the Libulan Queer Fellowship.
Accepted fellows will be provided with a certificate, lunch, and snacks. (There is no registration fee but fellows, if accepted, will shoulder their own transportation and accommodation expenses to and from the venue during the whole duration of the workshop.)
Electronic copies, in MS Word format, Garamond font 12, of the manuscript may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject Genre_CYWS (example, CNF_CYWS). The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. On the email’s body, kindly put your full name, address (within the Visayas), institutional affiliation (workplace and/or school), mobile number, and a short bio note (150-300 words in the third person).
Deadline for the submission of manuscripts is on January 5, 2019. All inquiries must be addressed to the workshop director through the indicated email address. (PR)