Thursday, May 19, 2011

National Book Development Trust Fund for Filipino Authors Submission Guidelines

The National Book Development Board (NBDB) is calling upon authors with manuscripts for books with the following topics to apply for grants:

Health and Wellness;
Environment and Biodiversity; and
An English translation of a novel originally written in a regional language or a novel originally written in English satisfying the conditions provided for in the Implementing Rules of RA 9521. Priority will be given to works in translation.

All applicants must note the conditions provided for in Rule VI Section 3 of the Implementing Rules and Guidelines of RA 9521 (go to for the IRR).

2. The deadline for the submission of proposals/applications for a grant shall be August 15, 2011.

3. All manuscripts should be in 12-point type, with at least one-inch margins, and sequentially numbered pages in 8 ½” x 11” bond paper in triplicate copies. A digital copy should also be included in the submission. The author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address should be typed at the top of the first page. Contributors are asked to include a brief biographical note with their submissions.

4. Chosen authors will be given a grant of P200,000.00 each. Grantees will be announced during Philippine Book November 2011 or on a suitable date chosen by the NBDB.

5. Should there be no manuscript of good quality as determined by constituted advisory committees on the chosen topics, the NBDB reserves the right not to award a grant to any applicant.


A duly accomplished Application Form

The applicant’s curriculum vitae (in the case of a juridical entity, its SEC, BIR, DTI and/or CDA registrations, as may be applicable, and the curriculum vitas of the authors of the proposed project);

A sworn statement indicating that the applicant’s project is an original and unpublished work, and that the applicant has authored/produced the work;

A proposal on the project to be undertaken; and

Either of the following:

Triplicate copies and a digital copy of a draft equivalent to twenty-five percent (25%) or more of the entire manuscript, research or multimedia work in progress; or
Triplicate copies and a digital of a draft of the manuscript, research or multimedia work to be rewritten or improved upon prior to publication (such as, but not limited to, a thesis or dissertation to be rewritten into book form)

For further requirements, refer to the Rules and Regulations Implementing Republic Act No. 9521 which may be downloaded from

This article was reposted with permission from the NBDB.

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