The topic this year is "biskwit": traditional cookies that have been part of Philippine cuisine, nationally or locally, for at least 50 years.
There are many types including "pan de san nicolas", "kamachile", "uraro", "roscas" and "biscocho principe," among many others. Modern products like today's chocolate chip cookies are not included.
English-language essays from 4,500 to 5,00 characters (800 words) will be judged by professional writers for content (50%), research (30%), style (20%). The judges' decision is final, and submissions become the property of Manila Ladies Branch of the International Wine & Food Society who manage the contest.
Entries should be 2 pages, double-spaced on short bond paper. Submit 1 printed and 1 digital copy of the essay. For the digital copy use Word (doc.) or rich text file (rtf) on a CD. Deadlines for submissions is Aug 31, 2009, 5 p.m.
A contestant is allowed up to 2 entries, each with a different pen name as byline. Only post by special delivery or hand-deliver submissions. Each essay should be accompanied by an envelope inside which is the author's name, pen name, addresses/landlines (residential, business, school whichever are applicable; for the latter specify grade level, course), email address, cellphone and FAX numbers.
Prizes include gift certificates from bookstores, publishing houses and restaurants; magazine subscriptions; publication of winning entries in newspapers and magazines; and invitation to the awarding ceremony.
Submit to: DOREEN GAMBOA FERNANDEZ FOOD WRITING AWARD 2009, IWFS MANILA LADIES BRANCH AWARDS COMMITTEE, PRISM, 5th floor, PDAF Bldg., Senator Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City 1200.
For inquiries and additional information, contact Ms. Girlie Canlas at 890-9666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Written by Micky Makabenta for the National Commission for Culture and the Arts]