Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Call for Submissions: Likhaan Journal 18

The Likhaan: UP Institute of Creative Writing (ICW) is now accepting contributions for the 18th issue of Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature. The journal will be made available later in the year through online platforms: a dedicated website, Google Drive, and the UP Diliman Journals Online archives. Printed copies will not be available for sale.

The Philippines’ leading literary peer-reviewed journal, the Likhaan Journal is published annually with funding from the University of the Philippines. It features the best of new and unpublished Philippine writing in English and Filipino, and is open to all Filipinos, whether based in the country or based abroad. Submissions to the journal undergo a strict pre-screening and double-blind refereeing process by both the editors and a panel of referees composed of eminent writers and critics from within and outside UP.

The guidelines for submission are as follows:

1. Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature accepts submissions in the following genres, in both English and Filipino:
  • Short stories ranging from about 12 to 20 pages (about 4,000 to 7,500 words) double-spaced, in 12 points Times Roman, New York, Palatino, Book Antique, Arial or similar fonts. A suite of short prose pieces will be considered.

  • A suite of four to seven poems, out of which the editors might choose three to five. Long poems will be considered in lieu of a suite.

  • Literary and personal essays, including memoirs, profiles, etc., subject to the same length limitations as short stories (see above).

  • Critical/scholarly essays, subject to the same length limitations as short stories (see above)

  • One act plays, subject to the same length limitations as short stories (see above).

  • Excerpts from graphic novels, or full, short graphic stories, for reproduction in black and white on no more than 10 printed pages, 6” x 9.” Excerpts should be accompanied by a synopsis of the full narrative.

  • Chapters of novels, works that are published and soon-to-be-published, and works-in-progress will not be accepted.

2. All submissions must be original and previously unpublished.

3. All submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter (including the author’s contact information) and a biographical sketch of no more than one or two short paragraphs.

4. Contributors must also include an abstract and at least three keywords that will facilitate searching and archiving of the work. If the work is written in a native language, a summary/description, title, and keywords in English must also be included.

5. Submissions must be emailed to likhaanjournal18@gmail.com. Please use the following subject line and filename format: [Language], [Genre], [Title], [Author’s Last Name]. For example: English, Fiction, “The Life,” Aquino. The attachment should either be a .DOC, .DOCX or .RTF file

6. All submissions should be received (whether by e-mail or post) no later than April 15, 2024. Please write the best you can within the allotted time.

All submissions will undergo a strict pre-screening and blind refereeing process by the editors, and a panel of referees composed of eminent writers and critics from within and outside the University of the Philippines.

Upon submission, kindly wait for an email confirming receipt of your entry. If there is no response after a month, message us via our Facebook page. This is to avoid an issue where emails may sometimes fail to go through due to restrictions or errors.

Writers whose work will be accepted for publication will receive cash payment and a copy of the published journal.

The editors reserve the right to edit any and all materials accepted for publication. The editors may also solicit or commission special, non-refereed articles for publication outside of the aforementioned genres and categories to enhance the editorial content and balance of the journal.

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