Thursday, December 01, 2005

Elias Dakila Storywriting Competition

Elias Dakila Competition for Children's Storywriting on Environment
and Culture Contest Rules

1. The Elias Dakila Competition for Children's Storywriting on
Environment and Culture is open to all Filipinos.
2. Entries must not have been previously published, and all entrants
must warrant the
originality of their submitted entries.
3. Writers may submit only one entry, in English or Filipino, which
shall be of 800 words or less. Entries that exceed this limit shall
automatically be disqualified.
4. The objective of this contest is to come out with interesting,
original and uplifting stories celebrating the environment and/or
culture of the Philippines. Each entry must be based on, or inspired
by the contest piece below, an illustration specially rendered for
contest by INK member Sergio Bumatay III.
5. The story must be suitable for a 32- to 36- page read-aloud book.
6. Entries shall be evaluated based on the following criteria:
• Relevance to Environmental/Cultural Theme (30%)
• Character Development (30%)
• Quality of Writing & Suitability for 6 to 8 year old children (30%)
• X-Factor (Judges' discretion) (10%)
7. CANVAS shall shortlist the five to ten best stories from which a
panel of judges shall
collectively choose the final winner. If the judges cannot come to a
consensus on the
winner, they shall take a vote and the entry that gains the most
number of votes shall be
declared the winner. Judges shall not see the entrant's name until
winner is chosen.
8. Entries must be submitted by email, as a Microsoft Word
attachment, to with the subject heading ELIAS DAKILA STORY
COMPETITION. Entrants must include a cover sheet with their name,
mailing and email
address, and telephone number. Only the story title should appear on
all pages of the
9. The deadline for submission of entries is 5:00 p.m. (Manila
time), 31 January 2006.
Entries received after the deadline, even if sent earlier, will no
longer be considered for
the competition.
10. CANVAS and INK shall not be responsible for entries which are
not received, or which are received after the deadline, due to
technical failure or for any other reason
11. By submitting an entry, all entrants thereby agree to authorize
CANVAS and INK to post such entries on its website, as they deem
fit, and free from any payments, royalties or fees whatsoever.
12. There shall be only one winner, who shall receive a cash prize
of PhP 25,000.00 for
his/her entry. The winner shall be responsible for all applicable
13. There is no guaranty of publication, but the winning writer
shall also be entitled to five (5) free copies in the event of
14. The winner shall grant and transfer to CANVAS all intellectual
property and publication rights to the story, including any
translations, adaptations or modifications thereto. It is therefore
understood that the cash prize to be awarded to the winner shall
include consideration of such intellectual property and publication
rights to the story, and the writer shall not be entitled to any
other royalties or fees from earnings, if any, that may result from
future publication of, licensing of, or other transactions on the
15. CANVAS shall not retain any rights to entries that are not
selected as the winner, but
may enter into separate agreements with other writers for the
publishing rights to their
16. CANVAS shall exercise full and exclusive editorial and artistic
control over the
publication of the book.
17. While, it is the full intention of CANVAS to publish the winning
entry as a full-color
children's book, CANVAS reserves the right not to publish the same
for any reason
18. The winner of the CANVAS storywriting competition will be
announced in February
2006 on the CANVAS website ( The winner will also be
notified via
email on the same announcement date.
19. CANVAS reserves the right not to award the top competition prize
in the event that the judges decide that no entry was received that
is deserving of the top prize. In such event, however, CANVAS shall
have no right whatsoever over all entries that were received; and
shall not publish any entry, in its website or in any other venue,
without the prior written consent or agreement of the author.
20. The decision of the competition judges shall be final, and no
correspondence or inquiries into the same – including requests for
comments/feedback on entries – shall be
21. Employees and members of CANVAS and INK, and members of their
immediate family, are disqualified from participating in the


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