filipino readers’ choice awards finalist + lauriat + why you should buy psf 7

While waiting for more entries to my book giveaway contest, I just want to share the good news that Under the Storm, Alternative Alamat, and Philippine Speculative Fiction 6, are on the list of finalists for the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards. (I have work in all three anthos.) See you all on August 18 for the Readercon!

The finalists will be deliberated upon by select judges for each category composed of Filipino readers. They will read and discuss the books and decide which is deserving to receive the Readers’ Choice Award in that specific category. More details about the judging period and the judges will be posted soon!

Are you ready to see the finalists now?

Children’s Picture Books:

  • Mahabang-mahabang-mahaba by Genaro Gojo Cruz and Ghani Madueno (2010, Adarna)
  • Oh Mateo 13: Tree for All by Grace Chong and Beth Parrocha-Doctolero (2011, Hiyas/OMF Lit)
  • But That Won’t Wake Me Up by Annie and Anelka Lumbao and Liza Flores (2010, Adarna)

Chick Lit:

  • One Crazy Summer by Ines Bautista-Yao (2011, Summit) 
  • Table for Two by Marla Miniano (2010, Summit)
  • Fairy Tale Fail by Mina V. Esguerra (2010, Self-published)

Novel in English:

  • Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco (2010, Anvil)
  • Super Panalo Sounds! by Lourd de Veyra (2011, UST Publishing House)
  • Tall Story by Candy Gourlay (2010, Cacho Publishing House)

Novel in Filipino:

  • Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin by Bob Ong (2011, Visprint)
  • Ang Huling Dalagang Bukid at ang Authobiography na Mali by Jun Cruz-Reyes (2011, Anvil)
  • Ang Mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan by Bob Ong (2010, Visprint)

Comics/Graphic Novels:

  • KikoMachine Komiks Blg 6 by Manix Abrera (2010, Visprint)
  • Angel Crush by Ace Vitangcol (2011, Alturia Hill)
  • Love is in the Bag Vol 5 by Ace Vitangcol (2011, Alturia Hill)

Short story anthology:

  • The Secret of the Cave and Other Stories for Young Readers edited by Ed Maranan (2011, Anvil)
  • Alternative Alamat edited by Paolo Chikiamco (2011, Rocket Kapre and Flipside)
  • Philippine Speculative Fiction 6 edited by Nikki Alfar and Kate Aton Osias (2011, Kestrel DDM)

Essay Anthology:

  • It’s a Mens World by Bebang Siy (2011, Anvil)
  • Astigirl by Tweet Sering (2011, Astigirl Publishing)
  • Chulalongkorn’s Elephants by Ambeth Ocampo (2011, Anvil)


  • Under the Storm: An Anthology of Contemporary Philippine Poetry by Khavn de la Cruz and Joel M. Toledo (2011, Antithesis Collective)
  • May Tiyanak sa Loob ng Aking Bag by Eugene Evasco (2011, Anvil)
  • Off the Beaten Track: Tulaan sa Tren 2 (2010, Vibal)
Next: Lauriat, an anthology of Filipino-Chinese speculative stories, is now available as an ebook (EPUB/PDF/PRC) via Weightless Books. I just bought a copy! It goes for 6.99 US dollars, is DRM-free, and is immediately available for download. Edited by Charles Tan.
  • Introduction
  • “Two Women Worth Watching” by Andrew Drilon
  • “Ho-We” by Erin Chupeco
  • “The Chinese Zodiac” by Kristine Ong Muslim
  • “Pure” by Isabel Yap
  • “Dimsum” by Christine V. Lao
  • “August Moon” by Gabriela Lee
  • “The Captain’s Nephew” by Paolo Chikiamco
  • “The Stranger at my Grandmother’s Wake” by Fidelis Tan
  • “Chopsticks” by Marc Gregory Yu
  • “Fold Up Boy” by Yvette Tan
  • “The Tiger Lady” by Margaret Kawsek
  • “The Perpetual Day” by Crystal Koo
  • “Cricket” by Kenneth Yu
  • “The Way of Those Who Stayed Behind” by Douglas Candano 

Click here for more details.

I had fun at the PSF 7 launch on July 28, but the celebration was a bit dampened by the discovery that the anthology contained an earlier draft and not the final approved version of my story, “username: tanglaw”.
Good news, though, the corrected version is now live on Amazon. Hopefully the authors will get their compli ebook copies soon with the correct version of the story.
I’ve already begun reading PSF 7, and I think this is the strongest PSF anthology yet. The quality of the stories is just staggering. Early favorites (I need to mention that I don’t read in order): “All the Best of Dark and Bright” by Victoria Isabel Yap, “East of the Sun” by Dean Alfar, “The Changes” by Benito Vergara, “Pet” by Kristine Ong Muslim, and “The Likeness of God” by Crystal Koo.
The crowd at the launch at CBTL, Shangri-La Mall.
With Kristine, Flipside’s Acquisitions Editor. (And Alex posing for GQ, apparently. Haha.)

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