Palanca Awards: Deadline for Submission of Entries

If you want to join the Palanca Awards writing contest, you'd better get moving.

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I got the following from friends interested in Philippine literature:

The 60th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (Palanca Awards) reminds aspiring contenders that they only have until 12:00 midnight of April 30, 2010 to submit their entries.

Each author may submit only one entry per category including Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, One-act Play and Full-length Play in the English Division; Maikling Kuwento, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Dulang May Isang Yugto, Dulang Ganap ang Haba and Dulang Pampelikula in the Filipino Division; Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon, and Short Story-Iluko in the Regional Languages Division; as well as the relatively new categories, which are Poetry Written for Children in the English Division and Tulang Isinulat Para sa mga Bata in the Filipino division.

In the Kabataan Division, Palanca Awards' special division for young writers below 18 years old, the essay theme in the English category is "What is it in the environment that I can protect?" and "Ano sa kalikasan ang aking kayang pangalagaan?" in the Filipino category.

Entries with complete requirements may be submitted to the Foundation's office at the 6th Floor, One World Square Bldg., 10 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City or may also be entered online through the Palanca Awards website or sent through email at

The contest is open to all Filipino (or former Filipino) citizens, except current officers and staff of its organizing body, the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc. Contest rules and official entry forms are available at Palanca Awards' official website,

For further information, you may call telephone number 856-0808.

Believe me, there is still time for you to join this writing contest. You still have 9 days. For one, you can come up with poems. You can also write a short story or two. Writing a full-length play in just a few days can be quite tricky, yes, but a one-act play? Doable.

If you're serious about writing, or if you simply love to write, then join the 60th Palanca Awards of 2010. The winners will be announced in September of this year. Happy writing! :-)

[ First posted on 04/21/2010 by Manuel Viloria ]

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