NCCA Writers' Prize 2011

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08/31/2011 - 12:00pm
08/31/2011 - 11:59pm

The NCCA Writers’ Prize is a biennial award given  to five  (5) writers, one for each of the following categories:  Poetry (Waray  language),  Novel ( Cebuano language), Essay (Bicolano  language), Short Story (Panay  language) and Drama (Filipino language).  The award, in the amount of TWO HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND PESOS gross, will assist the winner during the writing stage of the project.  The award is good for one year, after which a manuscript of the writing project  will be submitted to the NCCA for possible publication or staging.  The Novel manuscript shall be  submitted to the Man Asia Literary Prize as official entry of the Philippines, after it has been translated into the English language and published by the NCCA. 

The NCCA, in line with its mission to “encourage the continuing development of a pluralistic culture by the people themselves,” will be creating the opportunity to have a direct hand in the development of Filipino literature.  With the cash award, the NCCA Writers Prize winners  will be freed from the demands of their work and shall be able to focus on the writing of the complete manuscript  for one year.


The award  is open to all  Filipino writers, of legal age, except to  the officers and members of the NCCA Secretariat and the incumbent Executive Council Members  of the NCCA Committee on Literary Arts.


For the 2011 NCCA Writers Prize competition, the following shall be the requirements in the submission of entries:

1.  Applicants must  submit an accomplished application form, which is available at the NCCA Planning, Policy Formulation, and Programming Division (P/PFPD) (download application form), together with the applicant’s  curriculum vitae; with  a 3 – 5 page concept paper discussing the rationale and significance of the project,  and the initial output of the project which shall  be submitted in four (4) printed copies.    For 2011, the categories and the expected initial output for each category  are:

Category                                                                     Initial Output

1.  Novel –  Cebuano language                                  First 50 pages

2.  Poetry – Waray language                                      10 poems; 1 poem per page

3.  Short Story  –   Panay language                           First three chapters with a total

                                                                                         minimum of 50 pages

4.  Drama  – Filipino language                                    1-act for a full length drama and

                                                                                         two (2) 1-act plays

5.  Essay – Bicolano language                                   First 3 essays of no less than

                                                                             50 pages


All the  sample works shall be in typewritten form.  Spacing shall be double space, Font shall be Arial  11.  Manuscript and concept paper shall   not bear the name of the applicant in any of  the pages.  All manuscripts received with identifying marks shall be disqualified.

2.  Applicants are allowed to apply   only in one (1) category.

3. Applications will be evaluated by an Ad Hoc Screening Committee, the lists of the members of the Screening Committee for each category  shall be provided  by the  Committee on Literary Arts.   There will be three members of the  Ad-Hoc Screening Committee per category.

4. The Award  will be released in four tranches, with the first tranche to be given during the Awards Ceremony at the beginning of the writing period and the succeeding tranches upon submission of the following percentage of the writing project: 

2nd tranche      - 50% of the writing project

3rd tranche       - 75% of the writing project

4th tranche       - 100% of the writing project

5.    The NCCA shall give the awardees  one year to finish their  manuscripts.  The NCCA will  allow a maximum extension of six (6) months only with written justification from  the awardee.

6.  Completed manuscript by the winners, which means that it is 100% completed,   must be submitted in two forms:  Two (2) printed copies and two  (2) electronic copies in MSWord format in a diskette.  The completed  project output shall be as follows:

Category                                                                     Project Output

1.  Novel – Cebuano  language                                  Minimum of 50,000 words

2.  Poetry –  Waray language                                     30 poems

3.  Short Story – Panay  language                             Minimum of 15 chapters

4..  Drama  – Filipino language                                   2 or more acts for a full-length

                                                                              drama and five (5) 1-act plays

5.  Essay – Bicolano language                                   12 essays  or no less than

                                                                            200 pages

7.  The award is non-transferable.  All privileges shall be enjoyed by the winner himself/herself based on the successful evaluation of the work in progress.  A member  from the Ad-Hoc  Screening Committee of each category shall be assigned as Reader   to evaluate the succeeding materials to be submitted by the winner.  Upon submission of  the positive evaluation of the Reader for the second  and third tranches, the corresponding amounts shall be released immediately to the winner.    However, for the fourth tranche, the same will be released only  upon completion of evaluation of the completed manuscript by the Reader.  Revisions, however, may be recommended by the Reader.  Only upon  final approval of the  completed manuscript shall  the final  tranche be released to the winner.

8.  Deadline of submission of application together with the  curriculum vitae of applicant and other requirements has been extended from June 30, 2011 to Aug. 31, 2011.  All applications shall be addressed to:

2011 NCCA WRITERS’ PRIZE Secretariat
Planning, Policy Formulation and Programming Div. (P/PFPD) - Institutional Programs
National Commission for Culture and the Arts
NCCA Building, 633 General Luna St.
Intramuros, Manila

Attention:  Frances S. Alincastre

                  Planning Officer III

9.  Entries  that were not selected shall not be returned anymore.

10.  Works may deal with any topic, but those dealing with environmental issues and climate change are also welcome.


1.    The winner hereby grants the NCCA the first option to publish the completed manuscript.  The NCCA will have the right to produce or authorize to be produced, for staging, telecasting, broadcasting, or cinema or other forms of exhibition from time to time any output of the winning manuscripts.  The NCCA will also be allowed to include the completed manuscripts in the  NCCA Website.  The first option to publish of the NCCA expires one year after completion of the writing project. 

2.    It is understood that the entry  submitted has not  been submitted to any other award body or has not received any prize and is not a completed manuscript but a work in progress.  Any violation of the guidelines shall mean withdrawal of the prize  and any amount paid to the winner  shall be returned  to the NCCA.  The award then will be transferred to the person who garnered the second highest votes during the Screening of the materials.


For inquiries,please contact Ms. Frances S. Alincastre at tel. No. 527-21-92, loc. 503 or 527-2214 (DL), and e-mail address:


by migzlagado on August 24, 2011 - 9:49pm

Anong buwan po inihahayag ang mga nanalo dito? Kasi sumali po ako.