The UP Institute of Creative Writing (ICW) is now accepting submissions for the tenth issue of Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature. POETRY Heaven and Other Poems \ Carlomar Arcangel Daoana Pabitin \ 48 touchingthefloor \ Igat \ Mariel Alonzo Six Poems \ Joel M. Toledo. These and 15 other works make up Likhaan 11, the latest edition of Likhaan Journal which gathers the best of Philippine literary works every.


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Likhaan journal 11, launched last December during Writers Night, marks a new era in its goal of upholding Philippine literature, being the first edition to usher in a new decade for its mission.

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A new decade calls for letting Filipinos know why they should read it. The reasons are likhaan journal hefty as the twenty works packed in this new volume.


How are the works gathered and chosen? Who makes the choices?

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It goes through a blind review process. Four reviewers read all the entries without knowing the writer. The four reviewers, whose identities are kept confidential until an anthology is released, are appointed by an editor, who in turn is appointed by fellows of the ICW.

These reviewers come from various universities, particularly ones which are known to be centers of excellence when it comes to literary studies and creative writing. They also happen to be involved in various genres of writing, each one having an expertise, and may even be from likhaan journal regions.

It can be said, therefore, that the best are tasked to choose the best, from the heaps of submissions every year.

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The writers and editors coordinate, printing runs, and the likhaan journal is released. This has been the Likhaan grind for a decade now.

The funding comes in the form of a modest grant issued through the Likhaan journal. Since it is a grant, it does not require being paid back.

This explains why the journal is not for sale — profit is not the goal. Only a limited number of journals are printed; these go to the writers and the U.

Likhaan has also earned a reputation for fairly compensating its contributors — a writer receives P10, for a work. For the Filipino literary writer who constantly works against all odds, even under dire circumstances, it is an amount that is in fact not too big, likhaan journal Lorenzo points out, but is nevertheless a valuable token of appreciation and support.

Likhaan 11 contributors and likhaan journal.

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If the copies likhaan journal limited, how then can any ordinary Filipino reader have access to the journals? A book that comes out before the deadline of submissions for New Voices will likhaan journal its writer.

Each qualified writer may submit only one manuscript file for each genre. For poetry, the submission file should consist of seven to 10 poems, or the equivalent of pages in book form. For fiction, the set of submissions should consist of three to five stories, or a total of around 10, words, or the equivalent of pages in book form.