Sunday, June 29, 2008

Diwa Call for Submissions



DIWA: Illuminating Pilipina Voices©

would like your contributions!

Diwa [Tagalog]: "essence," or intrinsic nature of things; "soul," or cause of inspiration and energy; "spirit" or a human being's moral, religious or emotional nature; "thread" or main thought that connects different parts; "sense"; "consciousness"; "gist"; "meaning"; "idea". (Leo James English, Tagalog-English Dictionary)

Through the written word, artistic endeavors, and scholarly research, Diwa: Illuminating Pilipina Voices is a multidisciplinary publication that aims to augment the visibility of the Pilipina by providing an avenue to explore diversity amongst Pilipinas (or Filipino women); highlight Pilipina achievements in the community; create dialogues on Pinayism or Pilipina feminist paradigms; educate and provoke critical thought and discussion; bridge issues about the Pilipina in the Philippines, the U.S., and the larger global scene; and bring awareness about the Pilipina community to youth and adults within general and professional audiences.


DEADLINE: August 4, 2008

Filipinos have long been known as the "invisible minority" within the Asian/Pacific Islander community as well as the greater community at large. Diwa's first issue will explore any aspect of the Filipino woman's experiences regarding this "invisible" status. We strongly encourage contributors to think beyond cultural representation and also highlight subpopulations, issues, and people or artists in the community that have been stigmatized and/or given little exposure. Some topics could explore issues pertaining to older Pilipina adults, "mail-order brides," domestic violence between Pinays and Pinoys, the LGBT community and definitions of femininity/masculinity, experiences of Filipino women overseas, indigenous forms of spirituality, Filipino women who are biracial, etc.

Although the subject of Diwa focuses on Filipino women, we welcome contributions from any individual regardless of race, ethnic or national origin, gender, or religious affiliation.

Written Submissions (Word.doc files only)
  • Academic articles that are written for both general and professional audiences (1000-1800 words)
  • Interviews (800-1000 words)
  • Reporting on events in the community (800-1000 words)
  • Book, movie, music reviews (800-1000 words)
  • Personal stories, short fiction, opinions (800-1000 words)
  • Poetry (500-800 words)
  • Email submissions/questions to:

Artistic Submissions (JPG, JPEG files only)

Advertising (FREE for first issue!!)
  • Services (ie. independent practice)
  • Events in the community (ie. cultural conferences, festivals)
  • Specify if you would like a quarter-, half-, or full page to display your ad
  • First priority given to services/events emphasizing the Filipina population and/or their issues (ie. lawyers specializing in immigration, events geared towards the general API community)
  • Email submissions/questions to:

What information to include with submission(s):

· Name you would like to appear in publication (ie. pseudonym, penname)

· Best way to contact you (for our information, will not published)

· Brief author bio, 30 words max

· References for professional articles, 6 max (if there are more, we will list them on website and refer readers to the appropriate webpage)

· Optional: Your professional website, blog (inform us if websites require mature audiences)


Informed Consent: Diwa Publications requires that all contributors accompany their submissions with a brief informed consent form read and signed by any individual(s) who actively participated as the main subject of the contributor's submission(s) (ie. interviewees, people who participate in surveys, models/subjects for photography). We will not accept or print any submissions that are not accompanied by this form. Email the appropriate subcommittee for the form if your submission requires it. For more information, please email questions to

Quotations: For written submissions, free-standing quotations from another author are limited to 40 words. For quotations over 40 words in length, indent the whole block. Always provide author, year, and page citation (APA Publication Manual, 5th Edition, 2003).

LIMITATIONS: We can only accept 3 submissions per contributor. Depending on the number of submissions we get, we will not be able to print every submission. However, these submissions may have the opportunity to be featured in future issues.

If you have any other ideas for submissions or have general questions, please email

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12:37 AM

    thanks so much for posting this submissions call. i've fw'ed it to a bunch of pinay writers/artists...


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