Usok #1 is Live

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On November - 11 - 2009

Usok, Rocket Kapre’s webzine of Fantastic Filipino Fiction has officially launched!

What are you waiting for? Check it out here and tell us what you think.

With the first issue out the door, we are now open for submissions.

I hope to hear from all you writers soon (or at least as soon as you recover from NaNo ^_^).

Demons of the New Year: Call for Submissions

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On November - 1 - 2009

Joey Nacino of Estranghero Press has announced a new anthology “Demons of the New Year: Horror from the Philippines“. This is Estranghero Press’s second anthology following “The Farthest Shore” and this time Joey will be joined by horror-meister Karl “M.F.” de Mesa, of Damaged People: Tales of the Gothic-Punk and the upcoming News from Shaman. You can find the rest of the submissions guidelines here, but here’s an executive summary:

Theme: Horror with demons – “This collection of stories will be an anthology about demons– but don’t let that stop you from coming up with a really good idea about what constitutes your ‘Demons of the New Year.’ Like I said in an earlier post, don’t let a particular idea stop you from writing a good story”

Deadline: January 15, 2010.

(Slider image by Gazzmundo found here, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Deadline.kom.ph Launches

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 22 - 2009

Dominque Cimafranca has launched a new website, aptly named Deadline.kom.ph (note the “k” in “kom”) which serves as an online deadline calendar for writer’s markets that are open to submissions. Here’s what Dominique has to say about the purpose of the website:

As the name says, this site is all about deadlines: whether it’s for a contest or call to submission for an anthology; whether it’s for short stories, poems, artwork, or novels; this is about deadlines, deadlines, deadlines. Why? Because sometimes nothing spurs creativity and kills procrastination more quickly and effectively than a looming immovable target.

Check back with the site from time to time to see what’s coming up soon, or better yet, subscribe to our feed.

If you have any deadlines for contests or anthologies that you want announced here, drop us a note, too.

You can also check out their FAQ here.

Pinoy Story Writing Contest: Call for Entries

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 9 - 2009

The National Book Development Board (an organization that is perhaps more familiar to book lovers due to the Great Book Blockade) has announced a contest for novel-length works or an anthology of short stories. The deadline is on October 5 at 5:00 p.m. though, so that’s a bit… tight if you don’t happen to have an unpublished novel or ample unpublished short stories lying around. The October deadline also means you can’t count on using your NaNoWriMo entries.

Regardless of the short time frame, it’s always great to have a new excuse to write, and a government-sponsored one at that. The NBDB is looking for four categories:

  1. Tagalog/Filipino Romance;
  2. Horror/Crime or Suspense (I presume in either English or Filipino);
  3. Chick Lit in English;
  4. A collection of short stories or a novel in English, Filipino or any of the regional languages provided a translation in English or Filipino is provided.

Not sure if stories with Speculative elements qualify in 1- 3 1 and 3, but it should certainly fit in category 2 and 4. (And hey, you do know there’s a new publisher on the look out for Spec Fic works right? *nudge nudge* *wink wink*) You can find the rules here and the entry form here. Please note the following key points though:

  • The prize is PHP15,000.00 and maybe publication at the discretion of the publisher/judges. Winning therefore does not automatically mean your work will be published. On the other hand, it also means you don’t have to agree to any publishing offer made.
  • Under the rules you need to submit both a physical copy and a digital copy. The digital copy can be in a CD or sent by email.

Thanks to Dominique for the info!

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