UP Cebu Student Earns Recognition From U.K. Literary Competition

His short story is one of the awardees for the Editors' Choice category.

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(SPOT.ph) A Filipino student from the University of the Philippines Cebu earned global recognition after being selected as one of the winners at the recently concluded 2020 International Literary Prize hosted by the U.K.-based Hammond House Publishing and sponsored by the the University Centre Grimsby. Christian Andrei Nuez Laplap's short story piece titled The Oddity That Is Them is one of the Editors Choice awardees.

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According to Hammond House Publishing's website, the annual writing competition is now on its fifth year and attracts entries from 27 different countries. For 2020, the theme was "Survival" with topics ranging from surviving an environmental crisis to making it out alive during a zombie apocalypse. The competition opened on February 5, 2020, which was more than a month before the Philippines' lockdown amid the global pandemic, and ended in September 30, 2020. Winners were announced on BillboardTV, which you can view through their YouTube channel.


As one of the winners, Laplap's short story will be published in the annual Hammond House anthology due for release in early 2021. Writers from Iran, Sweden, and Malaysia were also hailed in the Editors' Choice lineup. Judges for the Short Story category include two-time International Literary Prize winner Matt Wixey, Magic Trilogy author Lynette Creswell, broadcast journalist Hugh Riches, Grimsby Writers Group leader Jackie Collins, published author and filmmaker Alex Thompson, and published author and poet Steve Jackson.

According to Sunstar Cebu, Laplap was also an Awardee of Excellence in the World Youth Essay Competition in 2018 and has written for several local and international websites since 2013.

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