Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Philippines Graphic Nick Joaquin Awards contest rules

1) All short fiction (in English) submitted and published by the Philippines Graphic during the previous year from the end of submission for the last Nick Joaquin Literary Award are considered eligible entries for the coming NJLA. Submissions sent specifically to compete in the NJLA will also be accepted within the submission period of the contest and will see print in the Graphic literary section, as vetted by the magazine’s team of editors.

2) For those sending in hard copy or digital copy saved on either CD disc or thumb drive, all entries should be legibly typewritten or computer-printed on 8.5 x 11 short bond paper. Digital copy should be in 12-point, Times New Roman, Arial, Cambria or Palatino fonts. All pieces should be no more than 10 to 15 pages, double-spaced. The author’s complete name as byline must be included.

Mail to:

The Literary Editor

Nick Joaquin Literary Awards

Philippines Graphic magazine

3/F Dominga III Building

Corner Pasong Tamo and De la Rosa Streets

Makati City 1500

3. Emailed entries must follow the same format as above using Microsoft Word 2003 or 2007 or the .rtf document format. In the subject line of the email, please write “Entry for 2012 Nick Joaquin Literary Awards.” Email to Submissions emailed to the other editorial addresses or personal email addresses of the editors will not be considered for the NJLA.

4. All submissions should be original, unpublished manuscripts. ALL STORIES PREVIOUSLY SUBMITTED OR PUBLISHED IN OTHER PUBLICATIONS WILL BE REJECTED. A “Letter of Submission” clearly stating that the story hasn’t yet been submitted to or published by any other publication should be written and submitted with the manuscript.

Should the author fail to inform the Graphic that his or her story was previously published in another publication, then the Graphic reserves the right to disqualify the piece in question.

5. No specific theme for short fiction is required.

6. Filipinos living and working abroad are eligible to join the contest. They are, however, STRICTLY REQUIRED to attend the awarding ceremonies so as not to forfeit their award and prizes. (During the 2011 NJLA, our first prize winner—a Filipino fiction writer living and working in China, attended the awarding ceremonies).

7. A short bio-note should be included with the submitted manuscripts, including literary awards received in the past, if any, and all contact information (country, province, city, emails, phone numbers, etc.)

8. Writers chosen for publication in the magazine will be required to sign a contract that either allows or disallows the Philippines Graphic to republish these stories in anthologies the magazine will collate for no additional emoluments save one free copy of the book.

All published writers and their works enjoy shared copyright with the Graphic. The editors of the magazine will inform the winning writers if his or her work will be included in any of the magazine’s anthology projects in the future.Writers are free to allow or disallow the magazine to republish their works in future anthology projects.

9. First, second and third prize NJA winners will receive a corresponding award of P50,000, P30,000 and P20,000 each, respectively. Other prizes will be given away or raffled off during the awarding ceremony.

10. Winners are strictly required to attend the awarding ceremonies. This year’s NJLA will be held on Sept. 21, 2012 at the Filipinas Heritage Library along Ayala Avenue, Makati City, at 7PM. Contributors to the NJLA will be invited to the awards night, as well.


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