NOW ON its 27th year, Gawad Ustetika, the annual student awards for literature, is again calling for entries from Thomasian students who have flair for creative writing.

Categories include poetry, short story, essay, and one-act play, in English or Filipino.

Deadline of entries is on Nov. 14, 2011, Monday.

For more information and entry forms, visit the Varsitarian office at Room 105, Tan Yan Kee Student Center or call 406-1611 local 8235 and look for Patricia Evangelista (0906-4225382) or Brylle Tabora (0906-8810376). You may also check the Varsitarian’s 27th Gawad Ustetika Facebook page here.

Ustetika served as the stepping stones for some of Philippine’s prized penmen such as Jun Lana, Jose Wendell Capili, Francezca “Kit” Kwe, and Angelo Suarez.

The contribution of Ustetika in Philippine literature made the Varsitarian this year the first student publication to ever receive the Gawad Pedro Bucaneg from the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas.


1. Only college (post and undergraduate) students of the University of Santo Tomas who have enrolled for second semester of academic year 2011-2012 are qualified.

2. Winners of national and/or international literary competitions may no longer participate in the contest.

3. The competition has two (2) divisions: English and Filipino; with the following categories: Poetry/Tula, Fiction/Katha, Essay/Sanaysay, and One-Act Play/Dulang May Isang Yugto.

4. No definite length is required. However, a poetry entry must be composed of no less than five (5) poems. A collective title for the poems is optional.

5. Participants must use pen names in their manuscripts. The real name of the writer or any identifying marks should not be found anywhere except in the accompanying entry forms.

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6. Previously published entries inside and outside the University will not be accepted.

7. Only one (1) entry per category is allowed. However, the writer may join in as many categories as he or she wishes provided that the entries are placed in separate envelopes.

8. Entries must be submitted in five (5) hard copies, including the original. They must be type-written (MS Word file; font: Arial; font-size: 12; double-spaced), printed on short bond paper, and placed inside a short brown envelope. A clean CD where the manuscripts have been encoded, a well-accomplished entry form (can be acquired at the Varsitarian office), and a certification of originality signed by two (2) English and/or Filipino instructors, and a photocopy of the writer’s registration form must accompany the entries (a certification clause is provided at the lower part of the entry form).

9. Entries must be submitted to the Varsitarian office, Room 105, Tan Yan Kee Student Center, on or before November 12, 2011, Saturday.

10. The winners will receive medals, plaques, certificates, and/or cash prizes.

11. All decisions reached by the judges are final. The judges reserve the right not to declare winners should the entries not measure up to their standards.

12. Manuscripts remain the property of the writers but the Varsitarian has the right to publish winning entries without seeking the consent of the writers.


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