Interview with the Writer
Last year I submitted an entry to the PBBY Salanga Prize, an annual competition for stories for children. I joined this contest for the first time back in 2003 and my entry “Dalawa ang Daddy ni Billy” was awarded Honorable Mention. Yes, as the title suggests, it’s the story of a boy being raised by a gay couple, who realizes that not all families have two fathers.
I also entered it in that year’s Palanca Awards but with that PBBY win, I had to withdraw it from competition, lest I violate the rules of the contest. I have wondered of its chances of winning in the Palanca. If it won, it would have been the first gay-themed story for children, 3 years ahead of the lesbian-themed winning story “Ang Ikaklit sa Aming Hardin”.
A well-placed source told me that my story came in very close second, that the only thing that prevented it from claiming grand prize was my entry’s theme. Of course, I have no way of verifying this but that time I wasn’t surprised. In fact, my story has been rejected or totally snubbed by many publishing houses here, except for one, which I will not name in this post. This particular publishing house at least read my story, gave useful feedback, suggested revisions, and asked me to submit the revised version. I have and I’m just awaiting their response.
Early this year I learned that my entry “Reyna Elena” has been awarded Honorable Mention in this year’s contest. I was really hoping for a Grand Prize but I was happy. But when I learned that the judges did not award a Grand Prize, I didn’t know what to feel. Words evade me till now. But I will gladly receive this award on July 15.
In the lead-up to the awarding ceremony, which will coincide with the celebration of National Children’s Book Day, I was interviewed by a fellow writer and blogger. Said interview can be found HERE, the official publication of UMPIL (Unyon ng Manunulat sa Pilipinas). If you read it, you might find me uncommonly articulate. This is because the interviewer just emailed me his questionnaire, which I answered like an exam. If it were an actual face-to-face interview, I’m sure I’d blabber and meander, resulting in a barely incoherent story. 🙂
Posted on July 5, 2014, in events, journal and tagged 2014 National Children's Book Day, Ang Ikaklit sa Aming Hardin, Dalawa ang Daddy ni Billy, KALATAS, LGBT, Palanca Awards, PBBY-Salanga Prize, Philippine Board of Books for Young People, Reyna Elena, writing, writing for children. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.