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Friday, March 25, 2022

The 70th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature is Now Accepting Entries

The long wait is over! After a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic, the most prestigious literary contest in the country is back and now accepting entries to the 70th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. 

"We know that the past two years have been very challenging for everyone because of the pandemic. As we slowly get back on track and ease into the new normal, we believe the time is ripe to once again, promote and celebrate Philippine literature and honor our literary artists," said Bernardita Ben, CPMA Administrative Manager and Official Spokeperson. 

CPMA is now accepting submissions to its regular categories:

Novel and Novela 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;

Regional Language Division- Short Story- Cebuano, Short Story- Hiligaynon, and Short Story- Ilokano.

The special Kabataan Division for young writers below 18 years of age is also now open for entries in its two categories: English and Filipino. Submission must be informal (personal) essays of the theme: "Life in the Midst of the Pandemic and Coping in the New Normal" (Kabataan Sanaysay). 

The contest is open to all Filipino citizens or former Filipino citizens of all ages except current directors, officers, and employees of the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc. Authors who wish to join may submit only one entry per category.


All submissions must be DONE ONLINE. The Carlos Palanca Foundation WILL NOT ACCEPT PRINTED AND EMAIL submissions for all categories.

The official contest rules and forms are available at the Carlos Palanca Awards website: Palanca Awards

For inquiries and concerns, email: or call (632) 8843-8277 and ask for Ms. Leslie Layoso or Ms. Susan Castillo.


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