We are now accepting entries for the 2021 National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Writers’ Prize. The deadline for submission is on July 31, 2021 (Saturday).

The NCCA Writers’ Prize is a biennial award given to five writers, one for each category, namely; for poetry, novel, essay/creative non-fiction, short story, and drama.

The award, in the gross amount of TWO HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND PESOS (₱250,000), will assist the winner during the writing stage of the project. The award is good for one year, after which a manuscript of the writing project will be submitted to the NCCA.

Applicants must submit:

  • an accomplished official entry form (Annex A);
  • applicant’s curriculum vitae;
  • three to five-page concept paper discussing the rationale and significance of the project; and,
  • one (1) copy of the initial output of the project which shall be submitted in PDF format (please refer to table 1 for the initial output to be enclosed).

Table 1: The categories, the language, and the expected initial output for each category for CY 2021:

Category Initial Output
2.1.1 Poetry  (Manobo) 10 poems; 1 poem per page
2.1.2 Novel (Ilokano) first 50 pages
2.1.3 Essay / Creative Non-fiction (Kapampangan) 3 essays with a minimum of 2,000 words per essay
2.1.4 Short Story (Chavacano) 3 stories with a minimum of 2,000 words per story
2.1.5   Drama (Filipino) 1-act for a full-length drama or two (2) 1-act plays

 

Table 2: The awardees/grantees must complete the project output as follows:

Category Final Output
2.1.1 Poetry  (Manobo) At least 30 poems
2.1.2 Novel (Ilokano) Minimum of 50,000 words
2.1.3 Essay / Creative Non-fiction (Kapampangan) At least 12 essays with minimum of 2,000 words per essay
2.1.4 Short Story (Chavacano) At least 12 stories with minimum of 2,000 words per story
2.1.5   Drama (Filipino) Full-length drama (at least 3 acts) or Five 1-act plays

For more information, please refer to the following guidelines:

GUIDELINES FOR THE NCCA WRITERS’ PRIZE

CRITERIA 

The deadline for submission of entries is on July 31, 2021 (Saturday).

All entries should be addressed and submitted to:

NCCA WRITERS’ PRIZE Secretariat
Policy / Plan Formulation and Programming Division (P/PFPD) – Arts Section
NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR CULTURE AND THE ARTS NCCA
nccawritersprize2021@gmail.com

Telephone Nos: (02) 8522-2084 (DL) / (02) 8527-2192 (TL) local. 508 & 517

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