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Call for Submissions: 2016 National Book Development Trust Fund

For the National Book Development Trust Fund 2016, three categories are now accepting submissions: Mother TongueSenior High School, and IPR. Since these materials are few or even nonexistent, this year’s NBDTF is geared towards addressing this gap.

National Book Development Trust Fund 2016 – Mother Tongue

Submissions are encouraged for Supplementary Reading Materials, written in the mother tongue for children in Grades One to Three.

Five language categories are opened: Waray (Region VIII), Maranao (Region IX), Kapampangan (Region III), Maguindanaon (Region IX), and Tausug (Region IX). The completed manuscripts, comprised of 30-50 pages, in the chosen mother tongue (with Filipino translation), are meant to increase proficiency in reading and writing in the mother tongue and to enrich the target readers’ appreciation of the different facets of the Region where such language is used.

These manuscripts may be compiled in one book or be a series of four (4) books, with the following descriptions:

1 of 4: Environment 

This book will tackle topography, natural resources, endemic plants and animals, and other environmental features (e.g., disasters) in the region where the specific mother tongue is spoken.


 2 of 4: People, Places, and Events

This book will tackle historical places, people, and events of the region where the specific mother tongue is spoken.


3 of 4: Arts and Culture

This book will tackle different art forms (visual arts, music, dance, theater, literary, etc.) and cultural beliefs and events in the region or geographical areas where the specific mother tongue is spoken.


4 of 4: Short Fiction for Children

This book will comprise of poems or short fiction for children written in the mother tongue.


Submission Guidelines

Who May Apply:

  • Juridical entities who employ authors who have capacity to undertake the project.
  • NBDB- registered authors who are proficient in the language categories chosen and wish to develop and complete manuscripts in one or more of the four (4) books, as set out above.

An applicant may choose more than one of the four books in the series, provided that he or she will be able to complete them within the given time-frame. Separate applications for each of the books (e.g., one application for Waray (Region VIII) Book 1: Environment and for Waray (Region VIII) Book 3: Arts and Culture)


How to Apply:

Submit the following documents:

  1. Applicant’s curriculum vitae (in the case of juridical entities, its SEC registration documents, as may be applicable, and the curriculum vita of the authors-applicants)
  2. A sworn statement indicating that the submitted work is an original and unpublished work, and that the applicant is the copyright-holder of the work.
  3. A project proposal (setting out the objectives, proposed scope of work (i.e., table of contents) timeline, budget and resources, and other relevant information supporting the author’s capacity to undertake the project)
  4. NBDB Certificate of Registration
  5. Manuscript-Form: In 12-point type, Times New Roman, with at least 1-inch margins, and sequentially numbered on 81/’ x 11’ bond paper; in quadruplicate copies. A digital copy shall also be submitted.
  6. Manuscript-Substance: At least 25% of the manuscript, written in the language applied for (with Filipino translation).

Deadline of Applications

July 31, 2016. Applications mailed from outside Metro Manila will be accepted if post marked July 31, 2016.

How Grantees are Chosen

An Advisory Committee (AC) shall deliberate and choose among the pool of submissions under each language and category.

Should there be no manuscript of good quality as determined by the AC, the NBDB reserves the right not to award a grant to any applicant.

Terms and Conditions of the Grant

Upon awarding of the grant, such grantee is given three (3) months to complete the manuscript (or the remaining 75% of the work). The Grantee may be awarded PHP 70,000-PHP100,000.00 per manuscript, based on the proposed budget of the applicant and as approved by the proper AC.



Call for Nominations: The 35th National Book Awards

Now on its 35th year, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Manila Critics Circle (MCC) will mount the National Book Awards 2016.
The NBDB is calling upon all NBDB-registered publishers to submit their nominations. Deadline for submission is May 6, 2016, Friday, 5:00 pm. Nominations mailed from outside Metro Manila will be accepted if post marked May 6, 2016.
A book is eligible if it complies with all of the following:
     i.   has an ISBN;
     ii.  published by an NBDB-registered publisher (valid until April 30, 2017); and
     iii. published in 2015 (if in English or Filipino) or from 2013 to 2015 (if in Bisaya/Binisaya/Cebuano).
For complete information, the 2016 National Book Awards Nomination/Selection Criteria can be downloaded.
Steps in nomination:
1.    Accomplish a letter of nomination (see template here ).
2.    For publishers who are nominating more than three books, please accomplish Nomination Form B (download here ) and e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it (Subject Line: National Book Awards 2016- Nomination Form B)
3.    As supporting document, attach evidence of agreement by the author to the nomination. This can be a conforme signed by the author* (see conforme template here ) or a notarized warranty/affidavit by a responsible officer of the publishing house stating that permission from the author* whose work is nominated has been obtained (and affidavit here ).
*For titles nominated for Anthology, replace “author” with “editor.”
*For titles nominated for Translation, replace “author” with “translator.”
4.    Attach a copy of NBDB Certificate of Registration;
5.    Provide eight (8) copies of each book;
6.    Submit all requirements to:
       The Executive Director
       National Book Development Board
       Unit 2401 Prestige Tower, F. J. Ortigas Avenue,
       Ortigas Center, 1605 Pasig City
       Subject: The National Book Awards 2016
For the succeeding years of NBA, the following are the regional languages to be featured:
       2017 – Waray;
       2018 – Maranao; and
       2019 – Maguindanaon.
For further inquiries, please contact the NBDB Secretariat through Debbie or Ihna at telephone number (02) 929-3887 local 804 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Call for Curator

The NBDB is looking for a curator for an visual arts/poetry exhibition to be launched on World Book Day (April 23, 2016).


Scope of work:

Overall design of the exhibit aligned to World Book Day

Coordination with the suppliers for the exhibit

Supervision during the setup

Floor plan/layout of the exhibit


Please submit the following requirements to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on or before March 29, 2016, Tuesday:

Curriculum Vitae


List of clients


Call for Workshop Facilitator

In celebration of National Women’s Month, the NBDB is actively looking for a workshop facilitator to conduct a poetry-writing workshop for women titled, Finding Herstory, on March 31, 2016.


The writing workshop will focus on migrant women who have survived conflicts and are now fully recovered from the distress they suffered.



1.    Prior experience in conducting a writing workshop for women

2.    Highly developed communication skills especially in written and oral

3.    Must be an expert in writing poetry

4.    Particularly sensitive to women’s issues


For interested individuals, please submit the following, via e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , no later than March 28, 2016 (Monday), 5:00 pm, bearing the subject line “Poetry-Writing Workshop for Women: Finding Herstory”:

(1)  Letter of intent

(2)  Brief of the presentation

(3)  Background of the presenter

1st Kapihan for 2016 "Charting the Future of Books in the Philippines

We cordially invite you to attend the first of the series of three (3) Kapihan sessions slated for 2016, on March 31, 2016, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, at the NBDB Secretariat Office (Unit 2401, Prestige Tower, F. Ortigas, Jr. Road, Pasig City).

This Kapihan Session is dedicated to sharing the pivotal publication and study spearheaded by the Book Development Association of the Philippines, entitled “Charting the Future of Books in the Philippines.”

Due to the limited space, registration is on a first come, first served basis. RSVP via e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 929-3887 local 814.

We are hoping for your positive response to this worthy endeavor.

Thank you very much.

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