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Call for Submissions: Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol.9



Call for Submissions: Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol.9

Editors Andrew Drilon and Charles Tan invite you to submit short fiction for consideration for Philippine Speculative Fiction volume 9.

Philippine Speculative Fiction is a yearly anthology series, which collects a wide range of stories that define, explore, and sometimes blur the boundaries of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all things in between. The anthology has been shortlisted for the Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Award, and multiple stories from each volume have been cited in roundups of the year’s best speculative fiction across the globe.

First-time authors are more than welcome to submit; good stories trump literary credentials any time.

Submissions must be:
1. speculative fiction—i.e., they must contain strong elements and/or sensibilities of science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, alternate history, folklore, superheroes, and/or related ‘nonrealist’ genres and subgenres
2. written in English
3. authored by persons of Philippine ethnicity and/or nationality

Submissions are preferred to be:
1. original and unpublished
2. no shorter than 1,000 words and no longer than 7,500
3. written for an adult audience
4. featuring a strong Filipino element (a character, setting, theme, plot, etcetera.)
In all cases, these preferences can be easily overturned by exceptionally well-written pieces. In the case of previously-published work, if accepted, the author will be expected to secure permission to reprint, if necessary, from the original publishing entity, and to provide relevant publication information.

Submission details:
1. No multiple or simultaneous submissions—i.e., submit only one story, and do not submit that story to any other publishing market until you have received a letter of regret from us. But we don’t mind if you submit to contests.
2. All submissions should be in Rich Text Format (saved under the file extension ‘.rtf’), and emailed to, with the subject line ‘PSF9 submission’.
3. The deadline for submissions is 11 pm, Manila time, October 26, 2013. Letters of acceptance or regret will be sent out no later than one month after the deadline.

Editors’ notes:
1. Please don’t forget to indicate your real name in the submission email! If you want to write under a pseudonym, that’s fine, but this can be discussed upon story acceptance. Initially, we just need to know who we’re talking to.
2. If you’d like to write a cover letter with your brief bio and publishing history (if applicable), do feel free to introduce yourself—but not your story, please. If it needs to be explained, it’s probably not ready to be published.
3. We advise authors to avoid fancy formatting—this will just be a waste of your time and ours, since we will, eventually, standardize fonts and everything else to fit our established house style.

Authors of selected stories will receive Php500 pesos in compensation, as well as digital copies of the book. 

Please help spread the word! Feel free to copy this and paste it anywhere you see fit that happens to be legal. 


Andrew Drilon and Charles Tan, co-editors


Call for Submissions: Sequel to 7 Card Stud with 7 Manangs Wild



Dear Friends and Family: We are happy to announce that the sequel to 7 Card Stud with 7 Manangs Wild is in progress. While we already have a few submissions, we would like to solicit your help with broadening the range of stories for this project. We would appreciate encouraging your students to submit their stories for consideration.

We recognize that Filipinos living in the United States have a vast array of experiences. Our families are comprised of single parents, gay/lesbian or bisexual and transgender; blended families with partners who are not of Filipino heritage; divorced or never married with no children, family members who are T nT (tago ng tago) - undocumented, and families caring for elder parents and/or children with physical or mental challenges. Our experiences encompass all of life's rewards and challenges, good fortune and bad luck, happiness, sorrow, pain and suffering. With your help soliciting stories, the sequel can reflect a broad spectrum of life.

Guidelines: * Short stories must reflect aspect of your life experience in the United States * Short stories should be between 1,000-1,500 word count * Short stories have to be writer’s own personal experience * Writers must have Filipino ancestry, including blended backgrounds, 2nd-5th generation Filipino American, as well as Philippine-born and with the majority of your life in the United States * No plagiarism * No profanity * No horror or graphic or gratuitous violence * No disrespect towards any race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation

Deadline: 12midnight, February 15, 2013. Stories must be received by the deadline.

How to Submit Your Short Story: Email stories as a PDF attachment to ""

Subject line "7 Card Stud with 7 Manangs Wild"

Review and Selection Process

All stories will be reviewed by the editorial board. Writers will be notified via email about the status of their stories.

Final selection for the sequel will be based on the overall submissions, as well as each story’s content, resounding theme, uniqueness.

If you have any questions, feel free to send an email to Vangie Canonizado Buell,, or Jeanette Gandionco Lazam,

Sincerely, Submissions and Editorial Board Evangeline Canonizado Buell Jeanette Gandionco Lazam Eleanor Hipol Luis Evelyn Luluquisen Anthony Robles

Call for Submissions: Just the Surface: An Anthology of Mermaid Poetry


Call for Submissions:Just the Surface: An Anthology of Mermaid Poetry

How does the modern mermaid exist in our cultures today? Who is she? How does she function and thrive in a contemporary world? What are her concerns; in what escapades does she busy herself with today? Where and who does she find mischief in now? Who are the world’s mermaids now?

This collection will see where she lives, in poems, today; however, these poems do not have to completely center on the mermaid but could suggest her, mention her, and, at the very least, bring her into question within the poem. This anthology is seeking quality poems of a truly unique and speculating nature. Poetry of a fantasy genre is not the goal of this project and we ask that you do not submit if that is your particular style.

If your poem is selected you will receive a contributor’s copy. Please send a brief bio along with poems. Submit 3-5 poems. Please include your contact information on each poem.

Please send your poems to Deadline is February 25th.

Call for Submissions: Others Will Enter the Gates (Immigrant Poets)


From Abayomi Animashaun and Black Lawrence Press:


No two immigrant poets are the same. Even those from the same country don’t necessarily answer to the same poetics or, for that matter, speak to the same concerns. How, then, do immigrant poets in America define themselves? How do they see and position themselves within the landscape of American poetry or the poetic traditions of their own country? Who might they consider their influences? Answers to these questions are complex, individual, and varied, as seen with the essays we hope to include in this anthology.

Call for Submissions:

Black Lawrence Press is now accepting submissions for an anthology of essays by immigrant poets in America, celebrating their contributions to the landscape of American poetry. The title, Others Will Enter the Gates, is taken from Walt Whitman's poem, "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry".

Immigrant poets living in the United States are invited to submit essays of between 700-5000 words for the anthology. Poets can address one of four themes in their essays:

1) Influence(s)

2) How the poet’s work fits within the American poetic tradition

3) How the poet’s work fits within the poetic tradition of his/her home country and

4) What it means to be a poet in America.

Essays can be creative or academic. However, essays need to be accessible since the anthology is also for a general audience.

Abayomi Animashaun, Nigerian émigré and author of The Giving of Pears, will serve as editor. Questions? You may contact him at

Submissions will be accepted via Submittable.

Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2013.

Call for Submissions: New Writing from The Golden State


Via Outpost19:

The California Prose Directory New Writing from The Golden State

Online submission deadline: December 1, 2012

Outpost19, an independent, San Francisco-based press, seeks submissions of conventional and unconventional prose narratives for a new, annual anthology focusing on the work of California writers. We are particularly interested in work showcasing some aspect of life in The Golden State. Californians living outside the state (and especially those writing about California) are encouraged to submit. Electronic submissions only via our submission manager:

Payment is one contributor copy. Copies of the anthology will be available in both print and electronic formats.

Call for Submissions: pacificREVIEW on Urban Mythos


Via pacificREVIEW:

We’re eagerly accepting submissions of short fiction/flash fiction, poetry, graphic narrative, photography, and creative nonfiction focusing on the theme of Urban Mythos. Written submissions must be 3,000 words or less and must be unpublished works. The submission deadline is 01.01.13.

Submit your minds and words to:

-|-Via Email -|-

-|-Via Snail Mail -|- Editor-in-Chief, pacific REVIEW Dept. of English and Comparative Literature San Diego State University 5500 Campanile Dr. | MC6020 San Diego, CA 92182-6020

Call for Submissions: Second Voice Anthology


Via New Pages: Second Voice offers three literary prizes, $1,000, $500, and $250, for fiction by immigrants who write in English but grew up within another language and culture. We are interested in short stories and novel excerpts of 7,000 words or less from established and new writers. Submissions are free and can be posted at under the anthology link.

The anthology is edited by bicultural writer Ursula Hegi, author of Tearing The Silence: On Being German in America and a PEN/Faulkner winner.

[No deadline noted in the submissions call.]

Call for Submissions: MUSIC, POETRY & PSA’s for: “PILIPINO OURSTORY 2012” the annual Pilipino American History Month special on KPFA Radio


Via Indo~Pacific Radio: PIN@YS WORLDWIDE: CALL for MUSIC, POETRY & PSA’s for:

“PILIPINO OURSTORY 2012” the annual Pilipino American History Month special on KPFA Radio

This year’s theme: Martial Law: Legacy and Lesson

Saturday October 27, 2012, 7PM - 11PM pacific time


Martial Law was declared September 21st, 1972 by the Dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Although it was officially lifted in 1981, Martial Law’s impact on the Philippines and Filipinos can still be seen 40 years later. Let us recall and reflect on how this time of horrific repression affected Philippine laws, arts and kultura and helped shape Filipino identity as we know it.

KPFA API RADIO SPECIALS Production Team is now accepting “Clean/Radio-friendly” POETRY & MUSIC, Non-profit, Kultural, & Benefit Announcements (PSA’s), and Promotional donations (Event Tix, CD, DVD, Book, & other promo giveaways).

Music & Spoken Word can be in any genre or language (with accompanying English translations)and should be submitted in mp3 format (320 kbps stereo or 160 kbps mono) accompanied by track info, artist bios, and contact info submitted.

Deadline: MONDAY, OCTOBER 15th, 2012.

For more details, please contact us at:

We welcome folks of all backgrounds and faiths who support our mission & purpose, and who are ready to work collectively & constructively.

The annual Pilipino American History Month Special on KPFA will broadcast live on

SATURDAY OCTOBER 27th, 2012, 7:00PM-11:00 PM Pacific Time KPFA~FM 94.1 Berkeley (((BAY*AREA))) WorldWideWebkast:

Free Speech Radio KPFA was the first Listener-sponsored,non-commercial, non-governmental radio station. KPFA API Radio Specials produces annual Asian & Pacific Islander radio specials including “RADYO KALAYAAN” and “THE INDO~PACIFIC EDGE: Touching Africa, Asia, the Islands, & the Great Turtle Island”.

Call for Submissions: Elsewhere


Via Elsewhere: We envision Elsewhere to be a space that doesn’t exist anywhere, a space for work that has trouble finding a place. We are interested in creative work that deals with marginalization in some form or another. We don’t think of “race”, “gender”, “class”and “sexuality” as dirty words or as problems to be dealt with outside of literature and art. Rather, we think of them as central to creative activity. To that end, we want stories, poems, nonfiction and artwork that situate themselves firmly in place, which feel compelled to transform in images and plots, in lines and rhymes how histories reside inside a cappuccino cup, cotton and cornfields, roadside diners, built-in shacks, tenements, middle-class bedrooms and parlors. We want stories about communities that are struggling to survive. We want stories about communities that stand up. We love stories about individuals who stay put. We love stories about individuals who are unafraid to move. We want stories about people who cannot help but conform. We want stories about people who refuse. Basically, we love art and literature that are not scared to show what cannot easily be traced with the naked eye. We invite you to send us your best work and look forward to sharing this new space with you.

Submissions deadline is November 15, 2012. Submissions guidelines are here.