Call for Emerging Writers — Payag Habagatan: New Writings from the South

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Payag Habagatan or “the Southern Hut”, an inaugural literary home for emerging voices from the southern Philippines, is now accepting poems, short stories (both literary and genre fiction), flash narratives, creative nonfiction/literary essays (memoirs, personal essays, travel writing, and other hybridized forms), and critical essays in English and/or in Binisaya languages that speak of a sense of place and placelessness.

To qualify, contributor must be an emerging writer born and/or based in the Visayas and Mindanao.

This soon-to-be launched online and free-access literary journal comes from the necessity to (1) serve as a critical, counter-canonical platform to the hegemony of mainstream gatekeeping institutions, (2) assert multifaceted constructs of identity in the literatures from the southern Philippines, and (3) abolish center-periphery orientations in the “national” literary landscape.

Submissions, either previously published or unpublished, may be any of the following: 1 poem (not more than 70 lines each); 1 flash narrative, i.e. flash fiction and flash nonfiction (500-1000 words); 1 short story (2500-4000 words); or 1 literary essay/creative nonfiction (2500-4000 words). Critical essays about works and writers from the Visayas and Mindanao (1500-4000 words in the MLA format) are also welcome. All prose submissions should be in Times New Roman font size 12, double spaced, in MS Word format. For previously published works, indicate publications where these have appeared. Copyright of the works remains with the authors.

Send manuscripts as email attachments to payaghabagatan@gmail.com together with the author’s full name, email address, mobile number, home address, and a short bionote in the email’s body. Submissions are welcome all throughout the year. Inquiries may be directed to the email address above.

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