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Oro Young Writers’ Studio

The Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (Nagmac), a young artists collective of poets, essayists, fictionists, playwrights, screenwriters, editors, and translators from Northern Mindanao, in partnership with writers network Libulan Queer Collective and the Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts, is now accepting applications to the 2018 Cagayan de Oro Young Writers Studio to be held on October 29 (poetry & drama leg) and October 30 (fiction & creative nonfiction leg) at Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City.

Now on its third year, the Cagayan de Oro Young Writers Studio is an annual creative writing fellowship for 12 of the most promising young and “unworkshopped” poets, essayists, fictionists, playwrights, and screenwriters born and/or based in Mindanao.

Entries in Binisaya, (Tagalog-based) Filipino, and/or English of various themes shall be composed of any of the following:

For a Poetry fellowship: 2 poems (written for the page and/or for performance);

For a Fiction fellowship: 1 short story (1500 to 3000 words), or 1 chapter (3000 to 5000 words) from a novel (with synopsis), or 2 works of flash fiction (500 to 1500 words each);

For a Creative Nonfiction & Essay fellowship: 1 creative nonfiction (1500 to 3000 words) such as nonfiction memoir, personal essay, travel writing, lyric essay, literary journalism, or other hybridized forms; or 2 micro-essays or works of flash nonfiction (500 to 1500 words);

For a Drama fellowship: 1 one-act play, or 1 short screenplay, or 1 ten-minute radio drama script (up to 30 pages).

Applicants may apply for more than one genre. Although there is no thematic preference, queer-themed manuscripts which depict a strong allegiance to a sense of place may qualify for the sole Libulan Queer Fellowship.

Accepted fellows will be provided with certificates, lunch, snacks, and workshop materials. There is no registration fee but accepted fellows will shoulder their own transportation, board and lodging expenses.

Electronic copies, in MS Word format, Times New Roman font 12, of the manuscript may be emailed to nagmac.submissions with the subject Genre_CDOYWS (example: Drama_C DOYW S). The applicant’s name should not appear on the manuscript. On the email’s body, include the following applicant details: full name, address (in Mindanao), institutional affiliation (workplace and/or school), Facebook URL, mobile number, and a short bionote (150-200 words). A curriculum vitaeshould also be attached.

Applicants may apply for more than one genre.

Deadline of submissions is on September 16, at 11:59 pm. (nagmac)


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