Call for Applications: KABANATA Young Adult Writer’s Workshop

Saturday, March 22, 2014


The Philippine Boardon Books for Young People (PBBY) formally launches the KABANATA Young Adult Writer’s Workshop with a call for fellowship applications. Slated to begin in October 2014 in Quezon City, KABANATA aims to provide a venue and support system to writers who share in PBBY’s commitment to the promotion of a culture of reading among Filipino youth by providing this growing population with books that recognize their culture, aspirations, and sense of maturity.

For a period of at least six months, fellows accepted to KABANATA will meet monthly for learning sessions with industry experts, and progress discussions with their co-fellows. Upon novel completion, PBBY will help fellows with publication by inviting publishers to bid on the finished works. With this, KABANATA hopes to produce chapter books and young adult novels that will set the bar for similar endeavors to aspire to, and be the growth spurt of what will hopefully become a thriving, diverse, and quality Filipino literature inventory for kids and teens.

Applicants are asked to submit, among other requirements, a novel-in-progress represented by three chapters and a chapter outline. Novels-in-progress should be aimed towards children within the age of 9 to 16. Those interested may visit pbby.org.ph or bit.ly/kabanata to see the application guidelines, fellowship requirements, and complete workshop details. For further inquiries, contact KABANATA via pbby.kabanata@gmail.com or (02) 352-6765 local 119.

The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) is a private, non-stock, non-profit organization committed to the development and promotion of children’s literature in the Philippines and is the lead agency in the annual celebration of National Children’s Book Day (NCBD), which falls on the third Tuesday of July.

Call for Entries: 2014 PBBY-Alcala Prize

Monday, March 10, 2014
The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) is now accepting entries for the 2014 PBBY-Alcala Prize.

The winner shall be given a cash prize of P25,000.00, a gold medal, and an opportunity to be published. Prizes will be awarded in an appropriate ceremony to be held during the celebration of National Children's Book Day on July 15, 2014.

CONTEST RULES:

1. The contest is open to all Filipino citizens except those who are related to any PBBY member up to the third degree of consanguinity.

2. Entries must be based on any of the following, all honorable mention winners of the 2014 PBBY-Salanga Prize:

        "Ang Misay sa Aming Bahay" by Susan Anne Alegro Quirante
        "Gaano ba Kalayo Patungong Paaralan?" by Genaro Gojo Cruz
        "Reyna Elena" by Michael de Guzman

3. Copies of these stories may be requested from the PBBY Secretariat or downloaded from the PBBY website.

4. All entries must be original unpublished illustrations that have not won in any previous contest.

5. All entries must consist of three (3) illustrations that are of the same size and medium. Entries do not have to be based on consecutive spreads/parts of the text.

6. A contestant may send in more than one (1) entry.

7. Each entry must be signed by a pen name only, preferably on a small piece of paper pasted on the back of each artwork. Entries with a signature or any identifying marks are automatically disqualified.

8. Together with each entry, contestants must submit a separate envelope, on the face of which only the pen name of the contestant shall appear. The envelope must contain the contestant's full name, address, contact numbers, short description of background, and notarized certification vouching for the originality of the entry and for the freedom of the organizers from any liability arising from the infringement of copyright in case of publication.

9. All entries must be sent to the PBBY Secretariat, c/o Adarna House, 109 Scout Fernandez cor. Scout Torillo Sts., Quezon City by April 14, 2014.

10. Winners will be announced no later than May 12, 2014. Non-winning entries must be claimed no later than June 13, 2014, after which they will no longer be the responsibility of the organizers.

For more details, interested parties may contact the PBBY Secretariat by calling 352.6765 or emailing pbby [at] adarna.com.ph.

DEADLINE: 

April 14, 2014 (5:00 p.m.)

Calling all English teachers in Malaysia and Singapore!

Saturday, March 8, 2014



Helloooooo to all my fellow English teachers in Malaysia and Singapore. Please encourage your students to join the Scholastic Writers' Award 2014!


If you are in Malaysia, check out this link. And if you are in Singapore, check out this link. :o)

January 31 is the deadline for nominations for the 2014 National Children's Book Awards!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

This year is the 3rd National Children's Book Awards (NCBA) and the deadline for nominations is this Friday, January 31. Click here to read the NCBA rules and click here to download the NCBA nomination form.

The online version of the rules asks for seven copies of each nominated book, but now ten copies of each nominated book must be submitted because more judges (kid judges!) have been added to the awards.

I'm already looking forward to the awards ceremony on July 26. :o)

Press Release: Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth Series Launching

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth Series, Bookmark’s series for children’s books, will be formally launched on February 5, 2014, Wednesday, 6:00-9:00 p.m., at the Last Chukker, Manila Polo Club, McKinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati City.

The series features nine new titles, namely: A Passion for Science (Dr. Lourdes Cruz and Dr. Baldomero Olivera, Jr.); A Time to Grow (Margarita Dela Cruz Santiago); A Voice of Hope in a Time of Darkness (Susan Fernandez-Magno); BROCKA: The Filmmaker without Fear (Lino Brocka); The First International Filipino Diva (Jovita Fuentes); The Pangat, the Mountains, and the River (Macliing Dulag); I Know Where My Heart Is (Bro. Richie Fernando SJ); My Father, the “Soldier” (Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos); and My Role Model (Vidal Lory Tan.)

The Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth Series aims to present role models for young people to emulate. Each story in the series contains a central theme that exemplifies a moral value or characteristic or an exemplary incident in the life of each principal character.

Also to be launched are Pages written by Javier T. Delfin, illustrated by Gabi Dimaranan and The Day of Darkness written by Gutch Gutierrez and Zig Marasigan, illustrated by Gutch Gutierrez.

Original illustrations will be exhibited and up for sale. The authors and artists will be present for the book signing.

Press Release: Three Authors Share Honorable Mention at the 2014 PBBY-Salanga Prize

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) awarded Honorable Mention for the 2014 PBBY-Salanga Prize to writers Michael de Guzman, for his story "Reyna Elena"; Genaro Gojo Cruz, for his story, "Gaano ba Kalayo Patungong Paaralan?"; and Susan Anne Alegro Quirante, for her story "Ang Misay sa Aming Bahay."

This is not the first time de Guzman and Cruz have been awarded by the PBBY. De Guzman bagged Honorable Mention in 2003, while Cruz won Honorable Mention in 2004. This is Quirante’s first award from the PBBY.

The three winners shall be awarded during the celebration of National Children’s Book Day in July 2014.

For inquiries about the contest, email the PBBY Secretariat at pbby@adarna.com.ph.

It was a success!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Last Saturday, Bulilit Lit for YolandaPH Relief raised Php 62,620 for the children affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Thank you so much to the following groups for making the event possible:

Adarna House
Alitaptap Storytellers
Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK)
Anvil Publishing
Flipside Publishing
Halo Halo World
Hiyas/OMF Literature
Kuwentista ng Mga Tsikiting (KUTING)
Lampara Books
Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY)
Sipat Lawin Ensemble
Tahanan Books

Thank you most especially to all the people who visited the event and did their Christmas shopping there! Your money will go to a good cause. We hope you enjoy the books and art and other items you bought at Bulilit Lit for YolandaPH Relief. :o)