Table of Contents: Philippine Speculative Fiction X

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On July - 29 - 2015

With the acceptance and rejection letters all sent out, co-editor Dean Alfar has announced the contents of volume 10 of the annual Philippine Speculative Fiction anthology (via his Facebook):

Philippine Speculative Fiction X
edited by Dean Francis Alfar & Nikki Alfar
Table of Contents

A Long Walk Home – Alexander M. Osias
A Report – Sarge Lacuesta
A Small Hope – Gabriela Lee
For Sale: Big Ass Sword – Kenneth G. Yu
Children of the Stars – Francis Gabriel Concepcion
Fisher of Men – Razel Tomacder
Hunger – Lakan Umali
IT Girl – AJ Elicaño
Lamat – Noel Tio
Marvin and the Jinni – Raymund Reyes
Mechanical Failures – Jose Elvin Bueno
Mene, Thecel, Phares – Victor Fernando R. Ocampo
Night Predators – Joseph Montecillo
Oblation – Richard Cornelio
Santos de Sampaguita – Alyssa Wong
Soulless – EK Gonzales
The Dollmaker – Joel Pablo Salud
The Last God of Cavite – Andrew Drilon
The Owl and the Hoopoe – Renz Torres
The Run to Grand Maharlika Station – Vincent Michael Simbulan
The Target – Eliza Victoria
Thunderstorm – Cyan Abad-Jugo
When the Gods Left – Kate Osias

Congratulations to all the contributors! PSF10 will be available later this year.

3 Calls for Submissions: Heat Trash Flesh

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On June - 24 - 2015

Call for Entries

3 Anthologies of Southeast Asian Urban Writing:

HEAT 

FLESH

TRASH*

Deadline for Entries: 31 August 2015.

Editors: Dean Francis Alfar, Khairani Barokka, Marc de Faoite, Cassandra Khaw, Ng Yi-Sheng & Angeline Woon

- Fiction or Creative Nonfiction

- 2000 to 5000 words

- Writers can be from anywhere, but each story must be set somewhere in urban Southeast Asia.

- You must specify which of the 3 anthologies you are submitting for: HEAT or FLESH or TRASH.

- We take non-exclusive print & ebook rights.

- Previously published stuff is fine (as long as you own the right to submit it). Multiple entries are fine. Stuff translated into English is fine.

- Stories that incorporate drawings or photography are fine but images must be b & w and of print resolution.

- Each accepted entry gets US$100 and the creator retains copyright.

- Email your entry to  info@fixi.com.my   as a Word attachment, together with your name and your bio of not more than 50 words.

- Only accepted writers will be emailed by the end of 2015.

- All 3 anthologies will launch in April 2016 at the London Book Fair (which we know is not in Southeast Asia).

* This project has nothing to do with the Andy Warhol movies which had those titles. We just like them. How you interpret the titles is up to you.  For example TRASH can be a photo-essay about a garbage collector in Manila or a satirical comedy about trashy socialites in Jakarta or a dystopian parable about androids made out of Bangkok waste.

Fixi Novo is an imprint of Buku Fixi, a Malaysian publisher of pulp fiction. In 2014 it won the Bookseller International Adult Trade Publisher award at the London Book Fair.

Questions? Email us at info@fixi.com.my with the title QUESTION(S)

Call for Submissions: Philippine Speculative Fiction X (Volume 10)

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 7 - 2015

It’s the most… wonderful time… of the year — if you’re a Filipino spec fic writer that is! Have at it you guys!

Call for Submissions: ‘Philippine Speculative Fiction 10′ – your atTENtion, please!

‘Philippine Speculative Fiction’ is turning ten this 2015! Yes, it’s been X years of eXtolling, eXploring, and eXpanding what Filipino writers have done, are doing, and can do in the realms of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all things betwiXt, between, and beyond.

Editors Dean Francis and Nikki Alfar would love for you to be a part of this year’s landmark volume of this trailblazing annual anthology, which has repeatedly been shortlisted for the National Book Award, and multiple stories from which have frequently been cited in roundups of the year’s best speculative fiction across the globe.

First-time authors are more than welcome to submit; good stories trump literary credentials any time.

Submissions must be:
1. speculative fiction—i.e., they must contain strong elements and/or sensibilities of science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, alternate history, folklore, superheroes, and/or related genres and subgenres
2. written in English
3. authored by persons of Philippine ethnicity and/or nationality

Submissions are preferred to be:
1. original and unpublished
2. no shorter than 1,000 words and no longer than 7,500
3. written for an adult audience
In all cases, these preferences can be easily overturned by exceptionally well-written pieces. In the case of previously-published work, if accepted, the author will be expected to secure permission to reprint, if necessary, from the original publishing entity, and to provide relevant publication information.

Submission details:
1. No multiple or simultaneous submissions—i.e., submit only one story, and do not submit that story to any other publishing market until you have received a letter of regret from us. But we don’t mind if you submit to contests.
2. All submissions should be in Rich Text Format (saved under file extension ‘.rtf’), and emailed to philippinespecfic@gmail.com, with the subject line ‘PSF 10 submission’.
3. The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2015. Letters of acceptance or regret will be sent out no later than one month after the deadline.

Editors’ notes:
1. Please don’t forget to indicate your real name in the submission email! If you want to write under a pseudonym, that’s fine, but this can be discussed upon story acceptance. Initially, we just need to know who we’re talking to.
2. If you’d like to write a cover letter with your brief bio and publishing history (if applicable), do feel free to introduce yourself—but not your story, please. If it needs to be explained, it’s probably not ready to be published.
3. We advise authors to avoid fancy formatting—this will just be a waste of your time and ours, since we will, eventually, standardize fonts and everything else to fit our established house style.

Authors of selected stories will receive PhP500 compensation, as well as digital copies of the book.

Please help spread the word! Feel free to copy this and paste it anywhere you see fit that happens to be legal.

Thanks,
Dean Francis and Nikki Alfar, co-editors

Alternative Alamat (Expanded Print Edition)

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On July - 15 - 2014

FAQ: ALTERNATIVE ALAMAT, THE EXPANDED PRINT EDITION

Hello there! I’m Paolo Chikiamco, editor of Alternative Alamat, and thank you so much for showing interest in the new, expanded, print edition! I’m here to give you some basic information about the book in a more informal manner, since that’s how I roll (and apparently, you as well!) but if you found your way here by mistake and want the more formal press release, I’m working on that. But for now…

What is Alternative Alamat?

Short version: It’s an anthology of short stories that re-imagine Philippine myths and legends, written in English by Filipino authors.

Long version: Philippine mythology is full of images that ignite the imagination: gods of calamity and baldness, of cosmic time and lost things; the many-layered Skyworld, and weapons that fight their own battles; a ship that is pulled to paradise by a chain, and a giant crab that controls the tides… yet too few of these tales are known and read today.

Alternative Alamat gathers thirteen stories by contemporary authors of Philippine fantasy, which make innovative use of elements of Philippine mythology. None of these stories are straight re-tellings of the old tales: they build on those stories, or question underlying assumptions; use ancient names as catalysts, or play within the spaces where the myths are silent. What you will find common in these thirteen stories is a love for the myths, epics, and legends which reflect us, contain us, call to us–and it is our hope that, in reading our stories, you may catch a glimpse, and develop a hunger, for those venerable tales.

“Alternative Alamat” also features interior illustrations by Mervin Malonzo (“Tabi Po”), a short list of notable Philippine deities, and in-depth interviews with Professors Herminia Meñez Coben and Fernando N. Zialcita.

What is the Expanded Print Edition?

Alternative Alamat was originally a digital-only anthology with eleven stories. This is the first print edition of Alternative Alamat, and we’ve taken advantage of this opportunity to add some new content that keeps with the theme of re-imagined mythology.

What is the additional material?

This print edition adds two more stories,  a short comic from Andrew Drilon, and a new story from Eliza Victoria, set in the same universe as “Ana’s Little Pawnshop on Makiling St.” I’ve also done a minor update to the Appendix on researching Philippine mythology.

Where is it available?

It’ll be available at the launch on July 19,   Saturday [EDIT: LAUNCH HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO JULY 25, FRIDAY, 4PM, SAME VENUE] , as part of a four-title launch that takes place  at Powerbooks, Greenbelt. It will be available at bookstores nationwide soon after, but we don’t have exact dates yet.

How much does it cost?

250 pesos.

What are the non-fiction sections?

I have five appendixes at the end of the book, meant to provide greater context for the stories, and aid those who want to study Philippine mythology.

Appendix A: A Few Notable Philippine Deities

Appendix B: Interview with Professor Herminia Meñez Coben

Appendix C: Interview with Professor Fernando N. Zialcita

Appendix D: On Researching Philippine Mythology

Appendix E: Glossary of Selected Terms

Is it illustrated?

Yes, each of the original eleven stories is preceded by an illustration of a Philippine deity by Mervin Malonzo (“Tabi Po”). Aside from Andrew Drilon’s comic, there is no new artwork in the print edition, although a greyscale version of Mervin Malonzo’s cover for the digital edition is included.

Is the anthology suitable for young children?

In general, no, as there are several stories which tackle difficult/mature material.

Any there specific trigger warnings?

Sexual abuse; violence against women and children.

I’d like to review this book!

Great! Look forward to hearing from you.

Um, could I get a copy to review?

Drop me a line at rocketkapre[at]gmail with a link to your site/blog or name of your publication and I’ll try to set you up with a digital copy (of the print edition).

Should I buy the book?

I certainly think so! But then, I may be biased, so take a look below at what some people had to say about the original edition:

 

Release: Outpouring – Typhoon Yolanda Relief Anthology

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 30 - 2014

Outpouring“, the Yolanda Relief anthology edited by Dean Francis Alfar — which I mentioned a few days ago — is now out on Amazon.com. Proceeds o sales will go to the Philippine Red Cross.

Cover and Table of Contents: Outpouring – Typhoon Yolanda Relief Anthology

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 20 - 2014

 

Many parts of the country are still reeling from the effects of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, and relief efforts still continue. One such project is “Outporing”, a Yolanda Relief anthology edited by Dean Francis Alfar. The book will be a vailable soon, but in the meantime, here’s the TOC and the cover.

“The Wordeaters” by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
“Invisible Empire of Ascending Light” by Ken Scholes
“The Photograph” by Veronica Montes
“A Moment in Time” by Charie D. La Marr
“A Gentlemen’s Agreement” by Susan S.Lara
“X” by Karissa Chen
“Cunning Syncronicity” by Berrien C. Henderson
“Godsend” by Joel Pablo Salud
“Ondoy” by Laura McPhee-Browne
“Rescuing the Rain God” by Kate Osias
“The Wish Head” by Jeffrey Ford
“Flash Forward” by Jhoanna Lynn B. Cruz
“Where Sky and Sea Meet” by Dan Campbell
“Arrow” by Barry King
“Finding Those Who Are Lost” by Celestine Trinidad
“Synchronicity” by Victor Fernando R. Ocampo
“We’re All Stories in the End” by Matthew J. Rogers
“Silverio and the Eidolon” by Vincent Michael Simbulan
“Tinkerers” by Jay Wilburn
“Finding” by David B. Ramirez
“Ikan Berbudi (Wise Fish)” by Jason Erik Lundberg
“Pilar Escheverria” by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
“Scraps” by Michael Haynes
“Freeborn in the City of Fallacies” by Andrew Drilon
“Storm Warning” by Lilian Csernica
“The Nameless Ones” by Gabriela Lee
“Whispers” by Grant J. McMaster
“Highway Run” by Alexander Marcos Osias
“Black Sun” by Todd Nelsen
“Life at the Lake’s Shore” by Alex Shvartsman
“Aliens” by Fiona Mae Villamor
“Little Italy” by Isa Lorenzo
“Discipline” by Rebecca McFarland Kyle
“Unmaking” by Julie C. Day
“Fresh Fruit” by Yvette Tan
“The Sparrows of Climaco Avenue” by Kenneth Yu
“Gellen’s Retirement Plan” by Tim Sullivan
“When We Were Witches” by Nikki Alfar
“All the Little Gods We Are” by John Grant
“Tuba Knight” by Cesar Miguel G. Escaño

 

Two horror anthologies are launching at the end of November. “Horror: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults”, edited by Dean Francis Alfar and Kenneth Yu, and a print edition of “Demons of the New Year”, edited by Karl de Mesa and Joseph Nacino, both launch officially at5PM on November 29, 2013 at the West Wing Gallery of the Vargas Museum in UP Diliman. Drop by if you have the chance!

Dean Alfar and Joey Nacino Interview on Chie and Weng Read Books

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 3 - 2013

Authors interviewing authors! Rochita Loenen-Ruiz has an interview up on her book blog with Dean Alfar and Joey Nacino, where they talk about their processes, and the challenges of Philippine science fiction and fantasy. Go check it out.

You may recall Estranghero Press’s web anthologies “The Farthest Shore” and “Diaspora ad Astra”, and, while the web versions are no longer available, both anthologies are set to be released this month in print from the U.P. Press. A book launch is slated for August 23 (by invite only I think) as part of a 10 book slate of UP, so hopefully they should be in bookstores soon. Congratulations to all involved! (On a personal note, I have a story in The Farthest Shore.)

Some links from my previous coverage of the anthologies:

Three spec fic book launches at once — how’s that for efficiency? I’ve got a story in the  ’Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction, 2005 – 2010′ (it launched in print a while back, but this is the digital launch), a reprint of “Carbon” from PSF5. If you’re in the area and interested in spec fic, do come by — the Alfar-hosted launches are usually frenetic and enjoyable.

Here are the details:

When: Saturday, July 27, 2:00 p.m.

Where: e Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at EDSA Shangri-La Mall

The UST Publishing House, Flipside Publishing, and Kestrel DDM invite you to the launch of:

‘Philippine Speculative Fiction volume 8′, edited by Dean Francis Alfar and Nikki Alfar,

‘Now, Then, and Elsewhen’, a short story collection by Nikki Alfar, and

the digital edition of the ‘Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction, 2005 – 2010′, edited by Dean Francis Alfar and Nikki Alfar.

Ours has regularly been called “the most fun book launch of the year”, so do join us for an afternoon of laughter, merienda, and the inevitable teasing of Eliza Victoria. And probably you. And probably me. But, you know, we believe that mockery is the sincerest form of friendship. (Please note that this will be held at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at EDSA Shangri-La MALL, not the hotel, and also not the 26th Street Bistro at the new wing. It’s the ground-level Coffee Bean, facing the driveway.)

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