60th Palanca Awards now accepting entries

The Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (Palanca Awards) continues to live up to its reputation as the country’s most prestigious and longest-running literary contest as it officially opens its 60th year.

This year, the Carlos Palanca Foundation looks forward to more brilliant works to add to its trove of 1,954 winning literary gems it has gathered since it first handed out an award in 1951.

The regular categories under which participants can submit their entries are: English Division – Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, One-act Play, Full-length Play; Filipino Division – Maikling Kuwento, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Dulang May Isang Yugto, Dulang Ganap ang Haba, and Dulang Pampelikula; Regional Languages Division – Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon and Short Story-Iluko. Each contestant may submit only one entry per category.

Much anticipated as well are entries to the competition’s relatively new categories: Poetry Written for Children in the English Division and Tulang Isinulat Para sa mga Bata in the Filipino division. The categories were launched last year to encourage the development of a body of poetry for young children ages 6-12.

Meanwhile, in the Kabataan Division, Palanca Awards’ special division for young writers below 18 years old, the Kabataan Essay theme in the English category is “What is it in the environment that I can protect?”, and in the Filipino category, “Ano sa kalikasan ang aking kayang pangalagaan?”.

The literary contest is open to all Filipino (or former Filipino) citizens, except current officers and employees of its organizing body, the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc.  Contest rules and official entry forms are available at Palanca Awards’ official website, www.palancaawards.com.ph.

Entries with complete requirements may be submitted to the Foundation’s office at the 6th Floor, One World Square Bldg., 10 Upper McKinley Road , McKinley Hill Town Center , Fort Bonifacio , Taguig City or may also be entered online through the Palanca Awards website or sent through email at [email protected]

Deadline of submission of entries for this year’s awards is midnight of April 30, 2010. Winners will be announced on September 1, 2010.

For further information, you may call telephone number 856-0808.#