Silliman University National Writers Workshop calls for applications


The Silliman University National Writers Workshop is now accepting applications for its 57th edition that will be held from May 7 to 18, 2018 at the Silliman University Rose Lamb Sobrepeña Writers Village and the Silliman University campus in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental province.

The workshop is offering 10 fellowships to promising writers in the Philippines who want to have a chance to hone their craft and refine their style. Fellows will be provided housing, a modest stipend, and a subsidy to partially defray the costs of their transportation.

To be considered, applicants should submit manuscripts on or before January 5, 2018. Any deadline extension will not be made. All manuscripts should comply with the instructions below. Failure to do so will automatically eliminate their entries.

Applicants for fiction and creative nonfiction fellowships should submit three to four entries. Applicants for poetry fellowships should submit a suite of seven to 10 poems. Applicants for drama fellowships should submit at least one one-act play. Each fiction, creative nonfiction, or drama manuscript should not be more than 20 pages, double-spaced. Staying well below the 20-page limit is encouraged.

Aside from poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama manuscripts that should be written in English, the workshop this year will be accepting manuscripts for Balak (poetry in Binisaya). Applicants should submit a suite of seven to 10 Balak entries with their English translations.

Manuscripts should be submitted in five hard copies. They should be encoded in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, on 8.5×11-inch bond paper, with approximately one-inch margin on all sides. Please indicate the category (FICTION, CREATIVE NONFICTION, POETRY, ONE-ACT DRAMA, or BALAK) immediately under the title. The page number must be typed consecutively (e.g., 1 of 30, 2 of 30, and so on) at the center of the bottom margin of each page. The font should be Book Antiqua or Palatino, and the font size should be 12.

The applicant’s real name and address must appear only in the official application form and the certification of originality of works, and must not appear on the manuscripts. Manuscripts should be accompanied by the (1) official application form, (2) a notarized certification of originality of works, and (3) the form letter of recommendation from a literature professor or an established writer. All requirements must be complete at the time of submission.

Send all applications or requests for information to Assistant Professor Lady Flor Partosa, Workshop Coordinator, Department of English and Literature, 1/F Katipunan Hall, Silliman University, 6200 Dumaguete City.

For inquiries, send an email to or call (035) 422-6002 loc. 350.


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