Payag Habagatan or “the Southern Hut”, an inaugural literary journal for emerging voices from the southern Philippines, is now accepting works of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction or essay, drama, and critical essay in Cebuano, Chavacano, English, Hiligaynon, Meranao, Surigaonon, and Waray languages that speak of a ‘sense of place and placelessness.’

To qualify, a contributor must be a writer born and/or based in the Visayas and Mindanao.

This online and free-access literary journal comes from the necessity to (1) serve as a critical, counter-canonical platform to the hegemony of mainstream gatekeeping institutions, (2) assert multifaceted constructs of identity in the literatures from the southern Philippines, and (3) abolish center-periphery orientations in the “national” literary landscape.

Payag Habagatan: New Writings from the South is a project of the Libulan Queer Collective, a writers’ bloc of queer poets, essayists, fictionists, and playwrights from the Southern Philippines.

Payag Habagatan is supported by Basta Bisaya, an online Binisaya community for everything proudly Bisaya.

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