Calling a​​ll writers as 67th Palanca Awards deadline nears

The deadline for entering the 67th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature is fast approaching! At midnight of April 30, 2017, the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc., its sponsor and organizer, will be closing submission to the country’s longest running and most prestigious literary competition.

Participants may submit only one entry per category. This year’s Palanca Awards is accepting entries for all 22 categories: English Division – Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, Poetry Written for Children, One-act Play, and Full-length Play; Filipino Division – Maikling Kuwento, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Tulang Para sa mga Bata, Dulang May Isang Yugto, Dulang Ganap ang Haba, and Dulang Pampelikula; Regional Languages Division – Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon, and Short Story-Ilokano.  Published/produced works which were first published or first produced between 1 May 2016 to 30 April 2017 and/or unpublished/unproduced works, may be entered in the contest.  Only unproduced works may be entered in the DULANG PAMPELIKULA category.

This year, the Kabataan Division for young writers 17 and below begs the question “How can the youth contribute to building interest in Philippine culture and literature?” (Kabataan Essay) and “Paano makaaambag ang mga kabataan sa pagsulong ng interes sa kultura at panitikang Pilipino?” (Kabataan Sanaysay).

Completing the lineup are the Novel and Nobela categories open this contest year. These categories accept unpublished and published works, provided they were first published within a period of two years prior to April 30, 2017.

Entries may be submitted at any of the Palanca Foundation offices at Unit 603, 6th Floor Park Trade Centre Bldg., 1716 Investment Drive, Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City or at Unit 3G, OPL Bldg., 100 C. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, or through the CPMA website at www.palancaawards.com.ph.

Winners will be honored during a special ceremony on September 1, 2017.

For more information, contact cpawards@palancaawards.com.ph or call (632) 511-0003 or +639253887103. Look for Leslie Layoso.

Travel. Write. Publish. Repeat.

Those with the spirit of wanderlust know that the season for traveling is all year round. Whenever we set foot in a new place, we add experiences in our memory bank. Aside from taking pictures, how else could we immortalize those experiences?

 

With Travel the Write Way: A Travel Writing Workshop, we’ll help you turn your vacations into travel stories where you can share your thoughts, travel tips, and experiences to a much bigger audience.

 

Facilitating the workshop will be Ana P. Santos and Nikka Sarthou-Lainez of Writer’s Block Philippines, an organization dedicated to empowering writers, communicators, and creative entrepreneurs.

 

“In this event, we’ll discuss the basics of travel writing to help aspiring writers get their stories published,” shares Santos, a journalist who focuses on women and gender issues. She is a regular columnist in Rappler and as the 2014 Persephone Miel Fellow for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, her work on labor migration has been published in The Atlantic and The Washington Post.

 

“We don’t require participants to have previously published works. As long as they like to travel or write—or both—and are at least 18 years old, they’re welcome to attend the workshop,” says Sarthou-Lainez, a lifestyle writer who was chosen as one of the five Asian representatives for Moleskine’s Modern Nomads in 2012.

 

The event will also feature Fruhlein Econar, a freelance photographer and staff writer for local travel publication GRID Magazine.

 

Registration is now open for “Travel the Write Way: A Travel Writing Workshop” happening on May 6, 2017, Saturday, 1:00 to 6:00PM in Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City. For inquiries and reservations, email writersblock.ph@gmail.com or contact 0917.397.9927. Visit www.writersblockphilippines.com for more details.

 

This event is made possible by Fully Booked, ClickTheCity.com, and Brownroots Creatives.

 

Guess who’ll be our guest speaker for TRAVEL THE WRITE WAY (2017)?

Here’s another good reason to sign up for Travel the Write Way: A Travel Writing Workshop happening on May 6, 1-6pm at Fully Booked BGC… Fruhlein Econar of GRID Magazine will be a speaker at the event!

Fruhlein is a writer whose main goal is to curb her overenthusiasm for commas, em-dashes, and semi-colons. She is currently paying the bills as a freelance photographer and staff writer for local travel publication GRID Magazine.

For more information about the event, contact 0917.397.9927 or email writersblock.ph@gmail.com.

TRAVEL THE WRITE WAY: A Travel Writing Workshop – FAQs

GUIDE TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)

What are the details of the workshop?

What: Travel the Write Way: A Travel Writing Workshop

When: May 6, 2017 (Saturday),
1PM to 6PM

Where: U-View (basement), Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

 

Who is this workshop for?

Those with the spirit of wanderlust know that the season for traveling is all year round. Whenever we set foot in a new place, we add experiences in our memory bank. Aside from taking pictures, how else could we immortalize those experiences?

With Travel the Write Way, we’ll help you turn your vacations into travel stories where you can share your thoughts, travel tips, and experiences to a much bigger audience.

As long as you like to travel and/or write, and are at least 18 years old, you may sign up for this travel writing workshop. We don’t expect you to have previously published works, nor do we expect you to be the next Pico Iyer.

This is especially ideal for the following:

  • freelance writers
  • bloggers
  • employees and stay-at-home folks who want to write on the side
  • anyone who would like to immortalize their travels and adventures

 

What can I learn from this workshop?

The workshop will discuss the following topics:

  • Introduction to Travel Writing
  • Anatomy of a Travel Feature
  • Travel Writing Tips & Tricks
  • Getting Published

 

How much is the registration fee?

There is a P2,000 fee per person, which simply covers the course fee. We’ll take care of the substance, but you take care of your sustenance, that okay?
How can I reserve a seat?

Simply sign up through our online registration form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe-yxgm2W7EgyoifX3Bj5Q4pmrGNfRrzMnIq1bl7dcqM5Z6-A/viewform?usp=sf_link) to signify your interest and we’ll email you the details on how to confirm a slot.

 

How can I pay for the workshop? 

You may settle the workshop fee by making a deposit to our bank account or via Paypal. Details as follows:

Bank: BPI


Account name: Writer’s Block Creative Enterprises Co.

Account number: Current account 1751 0828 82

If you have the BPI app on your phone, you can also pay via bank transfer without having to enroll our account in your Bills Payment Roster. Simply click on the option, “Transfer to Anyone”.

Once you’ve made the deposit/funds transfer, please notify us of your transaction by emailing us a copy of the deposit slip/screen cap so we can confirm your slot.

You may also pay via Paypal, which has a payment feature in our website (writersblockphilippines.com).

Is there a deadline for signing up?

There is no deadline but please note that we will close the registration once all the slots have been filled up. Walk-in participants who will pay on the day itself will only be accommodated if there are still available slots.

Who is hosting the event?

It will be conducted by Writer’s Block Philippines, a duo of editors and communicators who have collectively had more than 20 years of experience in freelance lifestyle and corporate writing.

Ana P. Santos: reproductive health rights and women’s issues

Ana has had over 12 years experience in advertising and marketing communications. She left her post as Assistant Vice President of a financial institution five years ago to pursue a career as a freelance writer.

As an independent journalist and foreign correspondent covering sexual health rights and women’s issues, Ana has received media grants from Newsbreak, Probe Media Foundation and the Philippine Press Institute to cover population and development issues.

In  2014, she was named the Persephone Miel Fellow by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and did a series of reports on Filipino migrant mothers in Dubai and Paris. Her other Pulitzer Center grants include reports on HIV in the Philippines and young Filipino women who go to Denmark on a cultural exchange program as an au pair.

Ana has a regular column in Rappler while some of her full-length features have been published in the The Atlantic, The Los Angeles TImes,  Deutsche Welle – Germany  and Foreign Policy.

Nikka Sarthou-Lainez: lifestyle / travel

With the belief that writing can take you places and traveling can inspire you to write, Nikka pursued a career as a lifestyle journalist. Her work has taken her to her dream destinations, which she has written about, and which have been immortalized in various print and online publications.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Arts from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, she got her feet wet in the local publishing industry before becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, she has written several features for asianTraveler, Travelife, Spark, Celebrity Mom, Business World, Highlife, Mango, Metro, Metro Society, ClicktheCity.com, Spot.ph, Herword.com, Homegrown.ph, GMA News Online, Rappler, and WayToGo powered by Smile magazine.

Nikka has also been published in Filipino publications abroad such as Filipino Star News in Michigan, Hawaii Filipino Chronicle, and Dubai-based magazine Illustrado. With her work, she was able to interact with movie celebrities, former ambassadors, inspiring entrepreneurs, and other interesting personalities. Aside from meeting and interviewing different characters, she particularly enjoys writing about travel, food, and other lifestyle-related features.

In 2012, she was chosen as one of the five Asian representatives for Moleskine’s Modern Nomads and was included in its exhibition of travel writers’ kits where some of her travel paraphernalia were shown on display. She was the only featured travel writer from the Philippines, the others were from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

She was formerly a Contributing Editor in Smile, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air, and was also a part-time writer for Philippine Tatler.

She never takes off her writer’s hat even when on vacation since she believes that anything can be turned into a story. View Nikka’s portfolio at www.nikkasarthou.com. 

Guest speaker: Fruhlein Econar of GRID Magazine

Fruhlein is a writer whose main goal is to curb her overenthusiasm for commas, em-dashes, and semi-colons. She is currently paying the bills as a freelance photographer and staff writer for local travel publication GRID Magazine.

Who do I contact for more information about the workshop?

You can call us through this number (0917) 397.9927 or email writersblock.ph@gmail.com. You can also check out our website: www.writersblockphilippines.com.