Gémino Abad Awards for Poetry and Literary Criticism

The Awards are established with support from an anonymous donor who would like to honor University Professor Emeritus Gémino Abad for the inestimable depth, breadth and vision of his lifetime work in the humanities, particularly in the fields of poetry and literary criticism, to which he has contributed immensely. The exceptional quality of his poetic and critical productions is recognized and acclaimed not only in the University but also nationally and around the world.

UPE Abad is one that all UP faculty should emulate. He has enriched and inspired the lives of students and fellow faculty through his gentle and kind mentoring. He has served as an academic leader of the UP System as Vice President for Academic Affairs in the administration of President Abueva, and he continues his public service, “shaping  the minds that shape the nation,” through his prolific creative and scholarly output through retirement.

The donor recognizes his significant contribution to bringing the University to Elite status in English language and literature in the 2015 QS World Rankings and would like to celebrate this achievement with these Awards.

The competition is administered jointly by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the UP Diliman Department of English and Comparative Literature.

Contest Rules:

1. Only undergraduate and postgraduate students of the University of the Philippines System may participate in the competition. UP faculty members who are currently enrolled as postgraduate students are not barred from participating in this contest.

2. Entries that have already won in previous local or international competitions may no longer be entered in this one.

3. The competition has only one division – English – with the two categories: Poetry and Literary Criticism. For the latter, the entry must touch on Filipino writers, and/or creative productions by Filipino writers. (Note: Entries may touch on Filipino writers and/or Philippine Literature in any Philippine language, but the entry must be written in English.)

4. The poetry must be composed of no less than 5 poems and no more than 10 poems. A collective title for the poems is optional. The essay in Literary Criticism must be between 15 and 30 pages in length.

5. Participants should use pen names in their manuscripts. The real name of the writer or any identifying marks should not be found anywhere except in the application form.

6. Previously published entries will not be accepted.

7. Only 1 entry per category is allowed. However, the writer may enter both Poetry and Literary Criticism categories as he or she wishes, provided that the entries are placed in separate envelopes.

8. Entries must be submitted in 5 hard copies, including the original, in the following format: MS Word file; Arial font; font size 12; double-spaced, printed on A4 paper, and placed inside a short brown envelope. Entry must be submitted with a clean CD where the manuscripts have been encoded, a well-accomplished entry form with a certification of originality signed by 2 UP Professors, and a photocopy of the writer’s UP student registration form must accompany the entries.

In submitting an entry, a student represents and warrants that the work is his or her own and that he or she has absolute ownership of all intellectual property rights thereto.

9. Entries must be submitted to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs on or before ______________.

10. The names of the winners and the members of the board of Judges shall be announced during the awarding ceremonies. The winners will receive meals, certificates, trophies and/or cash prizes.

11. All decisions reached by the judges are final. The judges reserve the right not to declare winners should the entries not measure up to their standards.

12. Manuscripts remain the property of the writers but the University of the Philippines has the right to publish in print or online (in UP OVPAA and/or UPD DECL websites) winning entries without seeking the consent of the writers.

13. The prizes for the Poetry category are as follows:

FIRST PRIZE               PHP 10,000
FINALIST                      PHP  2,500
FINALIST                      PHP  2,500

14. The prizes for the Literary Criticism category are as follows:

FIRST PRIZE               PHP 10,000
FINALIST                      PHP  2,500
FINALIST                      PHP  2,500

Download guidelines and entry form