carlos palanca memorial awards (cpma) is the most prestigious literary award giving body in the philippines. and this year, they’re now accepting submissions for the 62nd annual contest starting 1st of march to 30th of april. winners will be announced on 1st of september this year. the contest is open to all filipino and former filipino citizens with exception to the foundation’s current officers and employees.
curator of the philippine’s literary gems
established in 1950, palanca awards aims to ‘help develop philippine literature’ by giving out incentives to winning writers and be the ‘treasury’ of the country’s ‘literary gems’. the heirs of carlos palanca, sr., whom this literary award was inspired for, has made a significant contribution in our culture. palanca was the “most prominent filipino-chinese or tsinoy businessmen and philanthropists during the american era”. i lauded the foundation for recognizing and supporting the writerly talent of our youth when they designate the kabataan essay (english and filipino categories).
i‘m excited and hopeful but i don’t know if i can pen a short story or essay for this year’s cpma. i profess that winning a palanca is my dream. i’m such an ambitious frog. i wished to submit even one entry! argh.
for more info about this year’s official rules, visit cpma website here.
photo courtesy from carlos palanca memorial awards website