Call for Submissions: Mga Kuwento ng Pandemya (To be Published)

Call for Submissions: Mga Kuwento ng Pandemya (To be Published)

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Theme: Pandemic Literature from the Philippines and Japan: Narratives of Hope, Resilience and Essential Insights in Overcoming Covid-19 Crisis

The Philippine Society of Young Educators of Languages and the Arts with funding support from The Japan Foundation, Manila in partnership with the Center for Language and Literature Studies (CLLS) and the Center for Social History (CSH) of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines are now accepting submission of short stories and personal essays addressing the narratives of hope, resilience and essential insights in overcoming COVID-19 crisis from the social and cultural realities in Japan and Philippines.

Background of the Project

The current global pandemic quarantined, isolated and hindered our social mobility, but not our creativity. As social media and websites were transforming how we connect and communicate in this challenging times, an initiative to create #PandemicLiteratureProject was conceptualized. With the theme, “Pandemic Literature from the Philippines and Japan: Narratives of Hope, Resilience and Essential Insights in Overcoming Covid-19 Crisis”, short stories and personal essays submissions based on the theme will be carefully selected by the Filipino and Japanese editors of this project.

The selected and edited short stories and personal essays from people in the Philippines and Japan will be published in an online platform (website) created by the project proponents. And later, it will be published into a book form.

Guidelines for Submission

1. Filipino or Japanese citizens living in the Philippines or in Japan in this time of COVID-19 pandemic can submit their original works for this project.

2. The submissions must reflect the said theme and must amplify the narratives of hope, resilience and essential insights in overcoming COVID-19 crisis in the Philippines or in Japan.

3. The short stories and personal essays are open to the following languages:a. Nihongo (in Japanese characters)b. Filipino Languagec. English Language

4. The submitted works must be original and were not published before in any printed or online platforms.

5. The length of the short stories and personal essays submissions must be 12-15 pages written in 8 1/2 by 11 inches (letter sized) paper, font should be Times New Roman only, font size is 12, double spacing with 1 inch margin in all sides of the paper.

6. All submissions must include one-paragraph synopsis composed of 100-150 words written in English.

7. Authors of the selected submissions will receive a modest honorarium for their works.

8. The editors of this project shall have the right, upon consultation with the author, to edit portions of the work to comply with the standard objectives of this project.Kindly e-mail your original and unpublished works to pandemicliterature@gmail.com until September 30, 2020.

For both email subject heading and the filename of the submission, please use your last name and the genre of the work (for example, Reyes-Personal Essay). Email your submission as a file attachment (.docx format).

Please do not indicate your name within the pages of the submission. In a separate file attachment, include one-paragraph bionote (80-100 words) written in English.Selected works will be announced on October 2020 and the online launching of the website for this project is on November-December 2020.

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