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72nd Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards Now Accepting Entries, From Novels To Poems, For Literary Writers

72nd Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards call for entries


If you have a way with words and a knack for storytelling, then you’ll want to try submitting your finest works to the 72nd Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards literary competition.

They’re now calling all writers from across the Philippines to not only showcase their literary pieces but also to celebrate the power of words and creativity.


What is the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards?


Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards Writers - medal
Image credit: Palanca Awards

The Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature is one of the most prestigious and long-standing literary competitions in the Philippines. Established in 1950, it was created in honor of Don Carlos Palanca Sr., businessman and patron of the arts.

The awards aim to recognize and encourage excellence in Philippine literature. Winning a Palanca Award is a significant achievement for Filipino writers as it gives recognition and prestige, and helps bring their work to a wider audience.

Over the years, the awards have played a vital role in fostering a vibrant literary culture in the Philippines by providing a platform for emerging and established writers to showcase their talents and contribute to the country’s literary landscape.


Categories and submission guidelines


Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards Writers - for literary writers
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The competition covers various categories with different divisions so that it may be a platform for all types of literary writers. The categories are as follows:

English Division

  • Short Story
  • Short Story for Children
  • Essay
  • Poetry
  • Poetry Written for Children
  • One-act Play
  • Full-length Play
  • Novel

Filipino Division

  • Maikling Kuwento
  • Maikling Kuwentong Pambata
  • Sanaysay
  • Tula
  • Tula Para sa mga Bata
  • Dulang May Isang Yugto
  • Dulang Ganap ang Haba
  • Nobela
  • Dulang Pampelikula

Regional Languages Division

  • Short Story-Cebuano
  • Short Story-Hiligaynon
  • Short Story-Ilokano

Kabataan Division

  • Kabataan Essay
  • Kabataan Sanaysay

Aspiring and established entrants must adhere to the submission guidelines to ensure their work is considered for this prestigious accolade. From word counts to formatting requirements, attention to detail is key in presenting your masterpiece in its best light.

Entry of submissions is open until 31 May 2024, so polish those drafts and send them in to stand a chance at winning recognition and prizes in the literary world.

This competition is reserved for Filipino citizens or former Filipino citizens of all ages only.


72nd Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for aspiring writers


Ignite your passion for creative writing and join the ranks of literary excellence by sending in your work to the renowned Palanca Awards literary contest while you still can.

It’s time to let your words speak for itself and paint a masterpiece.

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Cover image adapted from: Palanca Awards, Aaron Burden via Unsplash