Submission Guidelines

1. Writers from Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, and Siquijor are primarily enjoined to submit short stories, poetry, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, short plays, and comics. Literary pieces in the traditional genres [balak, sugilanon, and others] are also welcome.

2. Writers not from the places mentioned above may occasionally be invited by the editors to submit to the journal, especially for themed issues. Writers who have been fellows at the Silliman University National Writers Workshop or the IYAS La Salle National Writers Workshop are also invited to submit to the journal.

3. While we prefer works that are set in or about Negros and Siquijor, we are open to any literary piece as long as they are excellent and interesting.

4. If the submitted work is in Binisaya or Hiligaynon, we encourage the writer to send a translation in English.

5. While length is not a hindrance, we prefer prose pieces that do not go beyond the 5,000 word limit. We also prefer one-act plays instead of full-length plays. For poetry, please send no more than five pieces in a suite.

6. We prefer unpublished works, unless specifically solicited by the editors.

7. Writers are encouraged to show restraint with regards depictions of overt sexuality or violence. Storylines that denigrate religion or sexual orientations are frowned upon. Submissions that advocate murder and torture, racism, pedophilia, misogyny, or homophobia are not allowed—unless done in an ironic mode, or done to render these issues in serious and provocative light meant to provide a better understanding of such issues but without the intention of glorifying them.

8. Please submit your works computer-encoded and saved as a file in MS Word. Please save your file using the following format: SUBMISSION TO BWJ – GENRE – LAST NAME, FIRST NAME – TITLE. [Example: SUBMISSION TO BWJ – SHORT STORY – TORRES, CHRISTIAN – THE HOOPOE STORY].

9. All submissions should be formatted accordingly: use 11-point font size [Book Antiqua or Times New Roman], single-spaced and justified, with one-inch margins on all sides. Periods and commas should precede quotation marks, and italicisation should be at a minimum. We may not be able to exactly reproduce poems with specialised formatting due to technical limitations.

10. Send your submission to as an attachment. The subject heading of the email should be the same as the file name of your submission.

11. Include a short bio note in your email, with a maximum of 350 words. Details such as the name of our hometown and province, your academic background, your literary background [such as workshops attended], and your bibliography [if any] will be appreciated.

12. Our reading time will be between a month to two months. While we will endeavour to respond to every submission, we may not be able to do so. If you have not been contacted regarding the status of your work after that period, please consider that as a chance for you to submit your work elsewhere.

13. We accept simultaneous submissions. Please notify us in the submission email if you are submitting any work simultaneously to another publication. Additionally, should your work be accepted elsewhere, please notify use as soon as possible so that we can adjust our editorial process accordingly.

14. We are currently unable to pay any remuneration for accepted works as of the moment, which goes to the same to our editorial staff. The Buglas Writers Journal, as well as other projects of the Buglas Writers Guild, is a non-profit, volunteer project.