Calling all Ilokanos 25 y.o. and below: The Ilokano Youth Book Project

In the past weeks, I have been invited to serve as judge in essay contests and to speak in journalism workshops. And I realized that while many essays are being churned out by the youth, mainly for competition purposes, only a few of them are given the opportunity to be read by a public larger than their campus populace.

And so, in one of those moments when I was going through essays written by college students and wondering whether more people aside from judges and their mothers will read the fruits of their handwritten labor, I thought of initiating this project which aims to amplify the voice of the Ilokano youth and to celebrate the joy in writing.

There seems, dear karikna, a dearth of writers in our locality, but I don’t believe we don’t have good writers here in Ilocos. Methinks many are simply not afforded an opportunity. Having been blessed with the chance to write books and publish articles in various publications, I could only wish to be of help to budding writers younger than I am.

So, you or someone you know might be interested to be a part of this book project. And, if so, kindly go through the following guidelines:

1. Writers must be Ilokanos 25 years old and below (at the time of publication, February 2, 2013), residing in Ilocos Norte. So long as their permanent address is in Ilocos Norte, those working or studying outside the province may also contribute. Ilocos Norte natives who have lived overseas for not more than five years may also contribute.

2. The personal essays will revolve on the life and times of the Ilocano youth. All topics are welcome, so long as they reflect: 1) the Ilocano and 2) the youth in our time. The essays do not have to explicitly tackle Ilocano culture and lifestyle. Ilokanoness and youthfulness must be reflected without doing hard sell.

3. Length of contributions must be between 800 and 1500 words.

4. Essays may be in English, Filipino, or Ilokano. Ideally, 70% of the essays in the collection will be in English, 20% in Filipino, and 10% in Ilokano. Depending on the submissions, the ratio may still be changed.

5. The submissions, which must be original works of the writers, must not have been previously published. Essays which have appeared in campus papers may be accepted, but must be re-crafted, if necessary, to meet the requirements of the book.

6. A writer may contribute a maximum of three essays for consideration, but only one essay per writer may be included in the collection.

7. A total of thirty essays will be included in the project. Essays will be selected based on content, relevance to the project’s theme/concept, originality and craftsmanship, and human interest.

8. All submissions must be computerized (Microsoft Word file, .doc; 8 ½” x 11” bond paper; Font: Times New Roman, Size 12; double-spaced; one-inch margin on all sides; with their page numbers as footers i.e. page 1 of 5 and so on).

9. The book will be edited by Herdy La. Yumul and Luvee Hazel Calventas-Aquino. Entries must be sent to and cc: Senders will receive an acknowledgement e-mail from the editors upon receipt of the submitted essays.

10. All submissions must include a short biographical sketch (150-200 words) of the author. It should also bear the author’s contact information, including residential address, contact number and email address.

11.Deadline for submissions is on October 30, 2012. Target launch of book is on the first week of February 2013, in time for the 195th Anniversary Celebration of the Province of Ilocos Norte.

12. For inquiries, please contact 09399162389 or 09175482775 or email the editors.

Happy writing, dear karikna.

Author: Herdy La. Yumul

A hesitant academic pimp, writer

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