Deadline for Your Palanca Piece: April 30

Get cracking on that Palanca-winning poem...or novel!


( The Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature is still accepting submissions, so just keep polishing that poem and get to the end of that novel (one word at a time!). Aspiring and seasoned writers have until April 30 to send in their works of literary art in the form of their choosing, including the Novel and Nobela categories (offered only every two years).



In 2011, Marivi Soliven Blanco bagged the Palanca for her English novel In the Service of Secrets, which was picked up by Penguin (yes, that Penguin that publishes classic books!) in 2013. We firmly believe that you can achieve equally great heights.


Future literary gods and goddesses can only submit one entry per category, which are as follows:


  • Novel
  • Nobela


English Divison:

  • Short Story
  • Short Story for Children
  • Essay
  • Poetry
  • Poetry Written for Children
  • One-act Play
  • Full-length Play


Filipino Division:

  • Maikling Kuwento
  • Maikling Kuwentong Pambata
  • Sanaysay
  • Tula
  • Tula Para sa mga Bata
  • Dulang May Isang Yugto
  • Dulang Ganap ang Haba
  • Dulang Pampelikula


Regional Languages Division:

  • Short Story (Cebuano)
  • Short Story (Hiligaynon)
  • Short Story (Ilokano)


The essay/sanaysay category is also open for young writers (meaning writing below 18 years of age), with the theme, "How can Philippine literature cultivate national unity?" ("Paano mapag-iisa ng ating literatura ang ating bansa?").


Complete rules are available in the official website of the Palanca Awards. Do remember that only works that haven’t been published are eligible for entry.



The Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc. was first established in 1950 and is now on its 65th year. The Palanca Awards aims to develop Philippine Literature by providing incentives for writers to craft their most outstanding literary works and by being a treasury of these literary gems.

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