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July 26, 2004

The National Book Development Board (NBDB) announces the first-ever Manuscript Fair titled as “Gandang Katha, Ilathala,” for both amateur and seasoned writers in the country who will now have the chance to bring their works into public awareness and consumption through publication. It gives opportunity for up-and-coming authors, writers, and researchers in the regions to get published, even if they lack the linkage with established publishers in Manila and elsewhere.

Local publishers will be invited to review and select manuscripts for possible publication. Publication of chosen manuscripts will be sponsored by publishers duly registered with NBDB.

However, before an author, writer, or researcher can join the fair, he or she must first register with NBDB and must submit the following: comprehensive bio-data, list of books written and published (including name of publisher/s), list of trainings or seminars attended, and one 2×2 photo.

He or she must also pay a nonrefundable filing fee of P100.00 and additional registration fee of P300.00, if his or her application for NBDB membership is approved. NBDB-registered authors or writers need not re-register but should present their Certificate of NBDB Registered Author.

Regional and provincial authors, writers, and researchers may register upon submission of their manuscripts to NBDB. They may also register through mail by requesting the application form via email at or via postal mail. They must submit the duly accomplished form, together with the required attachments and payment, to NBDB through registered mail.

Now that said requirements are complied with, the participant should submit the duplicate of his or her manuscripts to NBDB at A. Maria Regidor Street, Area XI, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, 1101.

Regional and provincial participants may submit their manuscripts to the same address through courier or via e-mail ( For hand-in submissions, receiving of manuscripts is on weekdays, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The manuscripts, which may be written in English, Filipino, or any regional language, must be typewritten, double spaced, on 8.5”x11” (short or letter) white bond paper. Individual synopses of the manuscripts should be included in the submission.

For computerized printout, the font type must be Times New Roman, size 12, using black color ink only. The manuscripts must be properly bound, and the title and the name of the author must appear on the cover.

The manuscript categories are: academic or reference book (must be endorsed by the principal that it is being used by the school), technical, literature, culture and the arts, reference book, children’s book, trade book, biography, natural science, social science, guides or how-to’s, and translations.

After a manuscript qualifies and is chosen by a publisher, the author must file an application of Copyright Ownership with the National Library. Manuscripts not chosen for publication may be claimed by their owners from the NBDB office.

Should a manuscript be chosen for publication by more than one publisher, the author has the right to select which publisher he or she likes.

Published works will be formally endorsed by NBDB to the Department of Trade and Industry, Board of Investments, for their authors to avail of other incentives offered by the government.