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P.O. Box 31928
San Francisco, CA, 94131-0928

A space to encourage writing of Filipino American literature and the arts



PAWA Manuscript Reading

PAWA recognizes its role in providing support to emerging writers, who are in the process of working towards authordom. As part of this support, and in response to what the community members have requested and suggested, until the end of December 2013, we will be offering full-length poetry manuscript reading and feedback.


What is a full-length poetry manuscript?


It is a body of poetry that is a minimum of 48 pages. It could consist of poems all written with one specific theme in mind. It could also be your “best of” collection, the coolest mixtape you’ve ever made. Either way, a poetry manuscript is a polished body of poems that is thoughtfully ordered, and well-organized. Each poem utilizes well-considered tone, language, and form; the larger body is cohesive in themes and structure.

That is the goal, or the desired outcome -- to move the manuscript closer to being ready to submit to prospective publishers.

Who will be reading your manuscript?

PAWA Board Member Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of three full-length poetry collections, Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books), Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press) which received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, and Diwata (BOA Editions, Ltd.), a finalist for the California Book Award and winner of the Global Filipino Literary Award in Poetry. She is also the author of three poetry chapbooks, Easter Sunday (Ypolita Press), Cherry (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), and For the City That Nearly Broke Me (Aztlan Libre Press). She received her MFA at San Francisco State University. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program at University of San Francisco. She also teaches in the Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University, and in the English and Creative Writing Departments at Mills College.

Who can submit?

Poets, of any ethnicity, who believe their manuscript in revision will benefit from close reading and detailed, critical feedback. You need not be Filipino!

What to submit:

  1. Your 48–100 page manuscript. Please include a cover sheet and a table of contents.

  2. A one-page cover letter which includes a concise description of your poetry project and a 100-word biographical statement. Please include any specific questions you may have. What is “not working”? Where are you “stuck”?

  3. A self-addressed stamped envelope with sufficient postage for your manuscript to be returned to you with written feedback.

Cost: $300–$600 sliding scale. 

You may pay online below, or you may write a check to PAWA and mail it with your manuscript.

100% of proceeds will go directly to PAWA. We are a non-profit organization, so this means your contribution is tax deductible.

Please send manuscripts via US mail to:

PAWA (Attn: Manuscript Reading)
P.O. Box 3
San Francisco, California

Please note: We will not accept manuscripts via email.

You may send these to bjanepr at gmail dot com.

Salamat po!


Manuscript Reading: Sliding Scale
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Manuscript Reading: Sliding Scale ($300–$600)

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