Filamore Tabios, Sr. Memorial Poetry Prize

Meritage Press is accepting entries for the 2009-2010 Filamore Tabios, Sr. Memorial Poetry Prize.  The contest is open to poets from around the globe who are full-blooded or half Filipino.  The winner will receive $500 and will have his/ her work published by Meritage Press.  There is no submission fee.  Contestants may enter more than one manuscript.

Guidelines:

  1. Manuscript should have a minimum of 48 pages.
  2. Include two cover pages.  The first must include the title of the work, the author’s name, email/ mailing address and phone number.  The second cover page should have the title of the manuscript.  Submitted entries will not be returned and should be sent in hard copy (emailed manuscripts will not be accepted).
  3. Send to:  Eileen Tabios, Meritage Press, 256 North Fork Crystal Springs Road, St. Helena, CA  94574

Submission Deadline:  31 August 2009

For more information:  http://meritagepress.com

Rogue, Courtesy of Charles Tan!

Yesterday was the day self saw the rat.

It was also the day when self got a Fed-Ex package from Charles Tan aka Bibliophile Stalker.  Inside, a copy of Philippine Speculative Fiction IV, and the April issue of Rogue Magazine:  The “Blood, Sugar, Sex and Magic” Issue (aka Bacolod Issue) !!!

THANK YOU, THANKS A MILLION CHARLES!  YOU MADE SELF’S DAY!!!

Dear blog readers, you must get this issue.  It is all about Bacolod, and is packed full of Negrense writers.  Not to mention the fetching eye candy (Wendy Puyat — correction: Yciar Castillo) featured on the cover.

If dear blog readers would like to know what Bacolod is like, here is a snapshot of the resort self’s grandfather built (first in Negros!), the Santa Fe Resort, and a plaster statue of grandfather’s obssession, Esther Williams.  Yes, indeed-y, this is the place where self spent all her childhood summers, where self nearly drowned in the pool (when she was five) and had to be rescued by a vigilant nun (who jumped into the pool in her habit) because self’s flighty yaya was too busy flirting with the lifeguard to notice that self was drowning.  Thank goodness for the nun!  Otherwise, the world would never be able to enjoy the trenchant observations of self on Kanlaon!

plaster effigy of Esther Williams, in Santa Fe Resort, just outside Bacolod City

plaster effigy of Esther Williams, in Santa Fe Resort, just outside Bacolod City

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

Sweltering

Today, self:

  • Listened to a harp concert at Serra House on the Stanford campus (got lost, a very nice pair of female foreign students, who self accosted in front of the Bechtel International Center — which, unaccountably, had moved one whole block away, though in form looked much the same — directed me vaguely in the right direction)
  • Planted more sedum “Dragon’s Blood”.
  • Saw no more of purple shrieking creature.
  • Observed rat carcass getting stiffer.
  • Passed by Yumi Yogurt and got a medium serving of New York Cheesecake and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Self managed to lap it up while holding sprinkler can over the ferns — self is genius, absolute genius, at multi-tasking!

Now, self is watching a fascinating movie with actors she mostly doesn’t recognize — Across the Universe. She’s just watched a surreal draft scene played to the music of the Beatles’ “I Want You.” Grrrreat!  Don ‘t know when hubby’s going to be home —  self told  him she was going to be home “past 8” because of the harp concert, but discovered that the harp concert started at 4 and not 6 as she had thought, so she is now home and it’s only 7, but she’s not exactly rushing to tell hubby, it is so nice to just sit peacefully in the garden instead of having to make dinner!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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