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).

USLS Announces the 14th IYAS National Writers’ Workshop

Editor's Note, Events by | January 13, 2014

Announcement from the IYAS workshop:

The University of St. La Salle-Bacolod (USLS) is inviting young writers to submit their application for the 14th IYAS National Writers’ Workshop which will be held on April 20-26, 2014 at Balay Kalinungan, USLS-Bacolod.

Applicants should submit original work: either 6 poems, 2 short stories, or 2 one-act plays using a pseudonym, in one (1) computer-encoded hard copy of entry, font size 12, and soft copies in a CD (MSWord). Short stories must be numbered, by paragraph.

These are to be accompanied by a sealed size 10 business envelope with the author’s real name and a pseudonym, a 2×2 ID photo, and short resume, which must be mailed on or before February 15, 2014.

Entries in English, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Tagalog or Filipino may be submitted. Fellowships are awarded by genre and by language.

Fifteen applicants will be chosen for the fellowships, which will include partial transportation subsidy and free board and lodging.

This year’s panelists include Rebecca Añonuevo, Grace Monte de Ramos-Arcellana, Genevieve Asenjo, D.M. Reyes, John Iremil Teodoro, and Marjorie Evasco as Workshop Director.

Please submit your application to: Ms. Rowena Japitana, IYAS Secretariat, Special Projects Office, University of St. La Salle, La Salle Avenue, Bacolod City. For inquiries, please email iyasliterary at

IYAS is held in collaboration with the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center of De La Salle University-Manila and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

UP Mindanao Professor wins 1st Prize in Palanca Awards

Editor's Note by | September 15, 2013

John BenganUP Mindanao Professor John B. Bengan (Dept. of Humanities) was awarded 1st Prize in the English Short Story Category of the 63rd Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. Prof. Bengan won for his short story, “Armor”, which was first published in Likhaan 6: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature, edited by Gemino H. Abad. “Armor” is set in Mintal, Davao City, and tells the story of Ronnie, a small time drug pusher and beautician/choreographer who joins a gay beauty pageant, and a stranger who arrives at the pageant night to alter the course of Ronnie’s fate. Prof. Bengan teaches literature and creative writing and is the third Palanca-winner in the present faculty roster of the Dept. of Humanities, after Prof. Ricardo M. de Ungria and Prof. Jhoanna Lynn B. Cruz-Daliling. He earned his BA English degree in UP Mindanao and his Master of Fine Arts degree in The New School (New York).

Also, former UP Mindanao Chancellor Professor Ricardo M. de Ungria (Department of Humanities) was appointed UP Artist for the second time. Prof. de Ungria was awarded his second appointment as UP Artist I at the UP Arts Productivity System Awarding Ceremony in August 7 at Ang Bahay ng Alumni, UP Diliman. He is one of eight appointees in the field of Literary Works and one of only two of the 28 appointed UP Artists who come from the regional universities of UP. Prof. de Ungria was a recipient of a National Book Award in 2012 as editor of “Tala Mundi: The Collected Poems of Tita Agcaoili Lacambra Ayala”. He is an advocate of creative writing in the regions, an organizer of literary events and associations, and a prolific writer of poetry.