Applications for ANWW17 now open

December 14, 2018

Calling all writers. Applications are now open for the 17th Ateneo National Writers Workshop (ANWW17). To be held on June 3-8, 2019 at the Ateneo de Manila University, the ANWW17 will focus on thinking of the child in literature. Instead of the conventional view of the child as the target reader of literature, the core of the workshop will be the child as a possibility of poetics and imagination. Works such as Genoveva E. Matute’s “Paglalayag sa Puso ng Isang Bata,” Pedro Dandan’s “May Buhay sa Looban,” Edgardo M. Reyes’s “Hindi Abot ng Kawalang Malay,” Rogelio Sicat’s “Impeng Negro,” and Jun Cruz Reyes’s “Utos ng Hari,” among others serve as examples.

Interested applicants must submit a portfolio of any of the following:

  • Five to ten (5-10) poems
  • Two to three (2-3) short stories, each with 10-25 pages
  • Two to three (2-3) literary essays, each with 10-25 pages
  • One to two (1-2) one-act plays, each with 15-25 pages

Each portfolio must also include a 2-3-page introductory essay explaining the conceptual project of the submitted portfolio. The portfolios may be in Filipino or English.
Additional details:

  • Must be computerized on 8.5 x 11” bond paper with 1’ margin on all sides
  • Use Times New Roman font, size 12, double-spaced (with exception to poetry, which can be submitted singled-spaced)
  • Page number must be indicated at the footer
  • Portfolio must have a title page bearing the author’s pseudonym and a table of contents. The author’s real name should not appear anywhere in the portfolio
  • Portfolios must be submitted in both PDF and Word formats, along with separated PDF and Word versions of the accomplished application form

The application form may be downloaded at
Applications must be emailed to with the subject “ANWW17: [applicant’s last name] – [form]” (e.g., “ANWW17: Dela Cruz – Poetry”).
The deadline for submission is 17 February 2019. Twelve fellows will be chosen from all over the country. Food and accommodations will be provided. For more information, call 426-6001 loc. 5320 or e-mail or