NCCA is now accepting entries for Writers’ Prize 2019

| July 18, 2019

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is now accepting entries for the 2019 Writers’ Prize.

The NCCA Writers’ Prize is a biennial award given to five writers, one for each category, namely; for poetry, novel, essay/creative non-fiction, short story and drama.

The award, in the gross amount of two hundred fifty thousand pesos (PhP250,000), 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.

Applicants must submit accomplished official entry form (Annex A), applicant’s curriculum vitae, three to five pages concept paper discussing the rationale and significance of the project; and the initial output of the project which shall be submitted in four printed copies

The categories and the expected initial output for each category are: Poetry (Chavacano), 10 poems 1 poem per page; Novel (Waray), first 50 pages; Essay /Creative Non-fiction (Kinaray-a), 3 essays with minimum of 2,000 words per essay; Short Story (Cebuano), 3 stories with minimum of 2,000 words per story; Drama (Ibanag), 1-act for a full-length drama or two (2) 1-act plays

The awardees/grantees must complete the project output as follows: Poetry (Chavacano), at least 30 poems; Novel (Waray) – Minimum of 50,000 words; Essay / Creative Non-fiction (Kinaray-a), at least 12 essays with minimum of 2,000 words per essay; Short Story (Cebuano), at least 12 stories with minimum of 2,000 words per story; Drama (Ibanag), full-length drama (at least 3 acts) or Five 1-act plays

Deadline for submission of entries is on August 29, 2019 (Thursday).

All entries should be addressed and submitted to:

Policy / Plan Formulation and Programming Division (P/PFPD) – Arts Section
NCCA Building, 633 General Luna St., Intramuros, Manila
Attention: Subcommission on the Arts

For queries on NCCA Writers’ Prize 2019, please contact (02) 522-2084 (DL) / (02) 527-2192 (TL) local. 527 & 51, (02) 527-2198 / (02) 527-2209 / (02) 527-2194 or

For questions on this press release please contact Mr. Rene S. Napeñas, Head of the NCCA Public Affairs and Information Section through numbers 527-2192 loc 625, 09285081057 or email your queries to

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