The Bulawan Literary Journal of Northern Mindanao is now open for contributions to its “Special Issue on Writing Camiguin,” to be edited by Camiguin-born poet Dr Arlene J Yandug.

The journal accepts literary works and original photography/digital artworks that show fresh perspectives on Camiguin and reimagine its home-ness and island-ness.

Interested writers (who come from or outside Northern Mindanao) may send in:

  1. Poetry: 2 to 3 poems (written for the page or for performance);
  2. Fiction: 1 short story (1500 to 3000 words), or 2 works of flash fiction (500 to 1500 words each);
  3. Creative Nonfiction and Literary Essay: 1 creative nonfiction (1500 to 3000 words) such as nonfiction memoir, personal essay, travel writing, lyric essay, literary journalism, or other hybridized forms, or 2 works of flash nonfiction/micro-essays (500 to 1500 words each);
  4. Drama: 1 one-act play/short screenplay; or an excerpt from a full-length play or screenplay.

Submissions may be in English, Filipino, or Binisaya. Literary works in Higaonon, Meranaw, and in Kamigin (Kinamigin/Cinamiguin/Quinamiguin) are welcome and should be accompanied with translations to any of the previously mentioned languages. Submissions should be previously unpublished.

Send manuscripts (font size 12 Times New Roman in MS Word format) and visual artworks (JPEG/PNG format) as email attachment to together with a curriculum vitae and a cover letter indicating the author’s full name, mobile number, and short bionote (200 to 250 words). Submissions that do not follow the prescribed format will not be considered.

Deadline of submissions is 25 March 2019, 11:59 PM.

Letters of acceptance and rejection will be sent weeks after the deadline. Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the issue and will retain the copyright of their works.

This special issue will be launched on June 2019. To order copies of Issue 3: “Sendong,” Issue 4: “Mental Disorders,” and Issue 5: “Departures & Destinations,” email the publisher at

The Bulawan Literary Journal of Northern Mindanao is the flagship publication of writers collective Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC) and is published under NAGMAC’s indie press Bulawan Books.


About the Issue Editor

Arlene J Yandug is the editor of Carayan Journal and director of Xavier University Press. Her second poetry collection titled “Remembering the South: Poems at Home with Mindanao and Elsewhere” has been successfully defended for her PhD dissertation in Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines – Diliman. Her poems have appeared in Red River Review, Manila Bulletin’s Bisaya Magazine, Tomas, Bulawan Literary Journal of Northern Mindanao, Kinaadman Journal of the Southern Philippines, Home Life, TOMAS, Future Lovecraft, Under the Storm: An Anthology off Contemporary Philippine Poetry, among others. In 2014, her poem “Going Back to the Island” set in the Camiguin Island of her childhood, won in the Void poetry contest of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. She was a fellow at the Iligan National Writers Workshop and the Silliman University National Writers Workshop and currently teaches creative writing, poetry, literary translation, and new writings from the regions at Xavier University- Ateneo de Cagayan. She served as panelist at the 2016 Cagayan de Oro Writers Workshop. Her forthcoming literary projects include her third book-length poetry collection and an anthology of new writings from Northern Mindanao.

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