Call for submission to The Kokoy F. Guevara Poetry Competition | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

The Kokoy F. Guevara Poetry Competition was established by the friends and family of the late poet Francisco F. Guevara, in partnership with the De La Salle University (DLSU) Department of Literature and the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (BNSCWC), to commemorate his life and work.

Kokoy F. Guevara, whose poetry and prose have appeared in both local and international publications, was a writer and teacher. His poetry collection “The Reddest Herring” was published in 2015 by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House.

He also published two chapbook-length interviews in the Critics in Conversation series of the DLSU Publishing House. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2010 where he was a teaching-writing fellow.

Guevara spent his years writing masterful verses, and through his work as a teacher he encouraged many others to write their own. The Kokoy F. Guevara Poetry Competition intends to continue his work by promoting interest in poetry in the Philippines and providing an opportunity through which talented writers may be recognized.


The contest is open to poets of all ages who are Filipino citizens. It is also open to poets of any nationality residing or studying in Iowa, USA. Not eligible for the competition are BNSCWC personnel, Board of Associates, and Advisory Council.

Entries, submission requirements

An entry must consist of at least five (5) and not more than ten (10) unpublished poems written in English. It must be in PDF format, typed in size-12 Arial or Times New Roman double-spaced font.

It must be accompanied by a separate page that includes the following information:

1. The poet’s complete name, as well as any nickname and/or pseudonym;

2. 2” x 2” photo;

3. Date of birth;

4. Full contact information (postal address valid for the next 12 months, e-mail address, landline phone number and mobile number); and

5. For Filipino citizens, proof of citizenship (e.g., scanned copy of passport, driver’s license or student ID), and for residents of Iowa, USA (e.g., scanned copy of driver’s license or student ID).

Only one entry per contestant will be accepted. No entry fee is required. Entries not complying with competition rules will be disqualified.

Please email entry to:

Deadline: 28 June 2016.

First Prize – PHP25,000
Second Prize – PHP15,000
Third Prize – PHP10,000

The prizes are offered as gross amounts. Winners are responsible for any taxes and fees resulting from their prizes. For US entries, the prizes will be the US-Dollar equivalent of the aforementioned amounts, based on the rate of exchange on the day the winners are announced. The winners will be announced on 28 October 2016. Winners will be notified via e-mail, SMS, and/or telephone.

Board of Judges

The entries will be judged by a panel of judges from the Philippines and the United States. The panel of judges shall have absolute discretion regarding any matter relating to the qualifications and rules of the contest. The decision of the Board of Judges is final.


Copyright remains with the author, but the Kokoy F. Guevara Poetry Competition reserves the right to have entries performed or published live, on the internet or in an anthology at any time in the future. Each participant will be responsible for complying with applicable intellectual property laws.

Privacy policy

All personal information submitted will remain confidential and will be used solely for notification purposes. Personal information submitted shall not be made public.

Governing law

Governing law for this contest shall be Philippine law.


Neither the judges or organizers of the contest, nor the heirs of Kokoy Guevara shall be liable with any contestant for any breach of law, contract, or other arrangements.

None of the judges or organizers of the contest, nor the heirs of Kokoy Guevara, make any representation or warranty or any other statement as to the compliance by any contestant with any applicable law, contract, or arrangement to which a contestant is subject.

For inquiries, please email or call BNSCWC (632)5244611, local 233. TVJ

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