I love speaking in Filipino. Yes, that’s true. Even though I write in English, my first language is Filipino and I love it. And I also love it when I’m spoken to in Filipino. And by Filipino, I mean, the pure Tagalog without a mix of English. Perhaps that is the reason why I like reading poems in Tagalog. The same goes with other Philippine languages. I find our languages fascinating, if not quite romantic. But, I digress.
In 1999, UNESCO adopted March 21 to celebrate the poetic contributions made in literature, not just those written in major language but most especially, the unknown languages. It is a day when we promote cultural and linguistic diversity. And so today, being the World Poetry Day as started by UNESCO in 1999, we are calling for another round of submissions. This time of poetry with a theme: When I Speak of Home.
When I Speak of Home
The aim of When I Speak of Home anthology is to give an opportunity for other Philippine languages to be read and appreciated, most especially by Filipinos. That is why we are looking for poetry submissions written in any of our Philippine languages. The rise of technology, modernization, and globalization encouraged the youth to become global citizens and speak global languages. Here at LitArt Hub, we would like to encourage you to go back to your roots.
I especially encourage poets who grew up speaking another language, but moved for school and study, and don’t have plenty of opportunity to write or speak in their local language. I implore you to reminisce about home, ponder about the present, and think about your dreams. What do you miss about home? Where is home?
- Submission Period: March 21 to April 15, 2021
- Length: Half-page poem, letter size paper, up to three (3) pages
- Include an English translation of your poem. Your entry will be disqualified without it.
- We accept only previously unpublished works. Previously published includes blogs, personal websites, social media accounts, etc.
- We allow simultaneous submissions. If your work was accepted elsewhere during the reading period, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to withdraw your work.
- We also consider all entries for publication on LitArt Hub website.
- You can submit multiple entries, but we will include only one story in the anthology/collection.
- We do not accept anonymous submissions.
- Send your work via the form. Files should be .doc or .docx format using the file name syntax PA_LastName_ShortTitle_Language. Entries sent via email will not be considered.
- We will choose twenty (20) poems to be included in the collection, which will be released in print and digital.
- Poets of chosen entries will receive PHP500.00 each and a free printed copy of the book.
- All entrants will receive a certificate of participation.