Call for Emerging Writers from Central Visayas: The 2018 Cebu Young Writers’ Studio  

Are you an aspiring writer from Central Visayas? Here is your chance to grow in your craft.

The Libulan Queer Collective, a writers’ bloc of queer poets, essayists, fictionists, and playwrights from the southern Philippines, in partnership with Kagis Bisaya and YOUTeacH Philippines-Central Visayas, is now accepting applications to the 2018 Cebu Young Writers’ Studio to be held in January 2018 at the University of Cebu-Banilad at Gov M Cuenco Ave, Cebu City.

The Cebu Young Writers’ Studio, an adaptation of the Cagayan de Oro Young Writers’ Studio, is an annual creative writing fellowship for 14 of the most promising emerging poets, fictionists, and essayists born and/or based in Central Visayas — Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor. Fellowships are available per genre — poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. (Applicants may apply for more than one genre.)

To be eligible, an applicant must (1) be born and/or based in any of the provinces of Central Visayas and (2) not have attended any regional and national writers’ workshops organized by reputable creative writing centers and institutes.

Entries (original and unpublished works) in Binisaya and/or English shall be composed of any of the following:

  • For a Poetry fellowship: 4 poems (not more than 60 lines each); or
  • For a Fiction fellowship: 2 short stories (2000 to 5000 words each) of any genre; or 1 novel chapter (3000 to 6000 words each) with a synopsis; or 3 flash fiction (500 to 1500 words each); or
  • For a Creative Nonfiction fellowship: 2 works of creative nonfiction (2000 to 5000 words each) such as nonfiction memoir, personal essays, travel writing, or other hybridized forms; or 3 micro-essays (500 to 1500 words each).

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The Story of the First Durian (The Hermit’s Three Wishes)

Barom-Mai was an old and ugly king who lived in a kingdom called Calinan in the Visayas hundreds of years ago. Although he was powerful, he was helpless when it came to winning the love of his young bride, Madayaw-Bayho (daughter of Tageb, king of the pirates). Continue reading “The Story of the First Durian (The Hermit’s Three Wishes)”

Si Amomongo at si Iput-Iput

Visaya

(Ang Gorilya at ang Alitaptap)

Ang pabulang ito ay isa lamang sa kalipunan ng mga Bisaya na naglalarawan ng paglalaban sa pagitan ng maliliit na insekto at malalaking hayop.
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ANG PINAGMULAN NG BOHOL (Alamat/Boholanos)

(“Myth of Bohol”)

Salin ni Patrocinio V. Villafuerte

Ang mga tao noon ay naninirahan sa kabila ng ulap. Isang araw, ang kaisa-isang
anak na babae ng datu ay nagkasakit. Hindi mapalagay ang datu.

“Tanod, may sakit ang anak ko. Humayo ka, papuntahin mo rito ang manggagamot. Ngayon din!”
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Sa 58, Unsa Pay Molukso?

ni Erlinda Kintanar Alburo

(Alang kang Rene, sa Leap Year 2004)

Naa pay daghan dihang naglumpayat.
Pananglitan, ang ulan sa sandayong—
Ang liso sa iyang bayanan —
Ang itoy nga nagkiat —
Ang mananaog sa lumba —
Ang naghikog diha sa taytayan —
Si Inday nga mao pay pagkadawat
og sulat ni Undo —
ug ang kilatnong silaw gikan ni Buddha.
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Irong Latagaw

photo from uhseport.net

(kung nganong nangawala ang
mga adik sa Brgy. Agdao)

ni Errol A. Merquita

Wa ka kabalo
daghan gapaniid sa imo;

sa matag oras
nga musuroy ka-
naay matang gabantay.
sa kada tao
nga imong gikaistorya-
naay kamot nga galista.
sa mga dalang
imong giaagian-
naay lit-ag nga gapaabot.

Ug parehas sa mga nangaging gabii,
naay gidakop ang mga gwardya
nga irong latagaw.
Gibukbok,
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