​Palanca Awards now accepting entries; deadline on May 31

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 April) — Mindanawon writers who want to send entries to the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (Palanca Awards) in the English, Filipino, Regional Languages and Kabataan divisions may now do so. Deadline is on May 31.

Now on its 68th year, he Palanca Awards is the longest-running and most prestigious literary contest in the country. Several Mindanawon writers have won in its different divisions.

A press release from the Palanca Awards said they now accepting entries in the following categories: English Division– Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, Poetry Written for Children, One-act Play, and Full-length Play; Filipino Division– Maikling Kuwento, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Tulang Para sa mga Bata, Dulang May Isang Yugto, Dulang Ganap ang Haba, and Dulang Pampelikula;  and Regional Languages Division– Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon, and Short Story-Ilokano.

The Kabataan Division, for persons below 18 years of age as of 31 May 2018, is also open for entries centered on the theme “How will you encourage the Filipino youth to read more books?” (Kabataan Essay) and “Paano mo hihikayatin ang mga kabataang Pilipino na magbasa pa ng mga aklat?” (Kabataan Sanaysay).

The Palanca Awards is open to all Filipino or former Filipino citizens of all ages, except current directors, officers, and employees of the Carlos Palanca Foundation.

Entries to be submitted must be printed copies. E-mailed submissions are not accepted.

Contestants may submit only one entry per category.

“Published/produced works, which were first published or first produced between 01 May 2017 to 31 May 2018, and/or unpublished/unproduced works may be entered in the contest. Only unproduced works may be entered in the Dulang Pampelikula category. A work which has been awarded a prize in another contest before 12:00 midnight of 31 May 2018 is not qualified for the awards,” it said.

The Palanca Awards was established in 1950 to honor the legacy of businessman and philanthropist Don Carlos Palanca Sr. It aims to help develop Philippine literature by providing incentives for writers to craft their most outstanding literary work and to be a treasury of the Philippines’ literary gems from our gifted writers and to assist in its eventual dissemination to our people, particularly the students.

For official contest rules and forms, visit the Palanca Foundation office at Ground Floor, Greenbelt Excelsior Bldg., 105 C. Palanca Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City. For inquiries and other concerns, participants may contact the CPMA office through email at cpmawards@gmail.comor at (632) 843-8277.​ (MindaNews)