(SPOT.ph) Writing is no easy feat. There's so much that goes into each sentence and every writer knows how difficult it is to get the perfect words out (only to later delete them when you realize they're not so perfect after all). For many Filipino writers, winning a Palanca Award is but a distant dream. But that doesn't—or shouldn't—discourage anyone from trying. Starting April 16, the Carlos Palanca Foundation will start accepting entries for the 69th Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. The deadline for submissions, which should be handed to their office as printed copies, is on May 31, 6 p.m.
The Palanca Awards will be accepting submissions for both the English and Filipino divisions. The categories under the English Division include the Novel, Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, Poetry Written for Children, One-act Play, and Full-length Play.
Similarly, the categories under the Filipino division include the Nobela, Maikling Kwento, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Tulang Para sa mga Bata, Dulang May Isang Yugto, Dulang Ganap ang Haba, and Dulang Pampelikula.
The foundation will also be accepting short stories under the Regional Languages Division, with the categories Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon, and Short Story-Ilokano.
Young writers below 18 years old are encouraged to submit informal (personal) essays in English or Filipino for the Kabataan Division. Entries for the Kabataan Essay category should answer the question: "At a time when spreading of misinformation is getting common, what can you do to help people, especially the youth, search for the truth?" while entries for the Kabataan Sanaysay category should answer "Sa panahon na laganap ang pagkalat ng maling impormasyon, paano mo matutulungan ang mga tao, lalo na ang kabataan, na hanapin ang katotohanan?"
Note that you can only submit one entry per category. Unpublished and unproduced works and those that were published or produced between June 1, 2018 and May 31 are welcome. Keep in mind that only unproduced works may be entered in the Dulang Pampelikula category. Entries that have previously won similar awards before May 31 are not qualified.
Unlike in the previous years, all submissions for the 69th Palanca Awards must be submitted as printed copies. The Carlos Palanca Foundation will no longer accept online or e-mail submissions for all categories. You can find their office at Greenbelt Excelsior Building, 105 C. Palanca Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City.
The Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature is known as the longest-running and most prestigious literary contest in the country. Established in 1950 to honor the legacy of Don Carlos Palanca Sr., it aims to develop Philippine literature by challenging writers to craft outstanding literary work.
For more information, visit the Palanca Awards website.