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Turn your manuscript into a published book, for a P200,000 grant per title

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Publish your book to the world—from copy editing, layout, to printing expenses covered!

The National Book Development Board offers financial subsidies to the publication of Filipino-authored books for the GLOBAL audience covering copy editing, layout, design, and printing of books.

A budding novelist’s daydreams aren’t complete without hopes of having their name in print. While we know the hurdles along the way to writer glory, there’s at least a potential boost around the corner. (Hint: publication grants.)

The National Book Development Board (NBDB) is opening applications for a grant that will provide financial subsidies for Filipino-authored books, which will cover expenses for copy editing, layout, design, and printing of recently developed manuscripts and/or research works. The lucky works among the roster will receive a max of P200,000 per title.

Finish what you have started. Turn your manuscript into a published book! 

After sitting down to write all your creative ideas, it’s now time to bring your work out for the world to read and appreciate. We are here to help authors and publishers with our very first Publication Grant.

As publication alone can be costly, the grant provides financial subsidies for all steps involved in the publication of Filipino-authored books for the global audience. Amounting to a total of PHP 1.6 million for successful grantees, the grant covers expenses for copy editing, layout, design, and printing of recently developed manuscripts and/or research works.

We’d like to see manuscripts tackling climate, diversity, poetry, anthologies, crime fiction, sci-fi, graphic novels, horror, romance, and non-fiction in Philippine languages and English.

Each grantee will receive a maximum of Php 200,000.00 per title.

Eligible applicants will be categorized into three groups:

a) Filipino authors who are able to complete manuscripts under the NBDTF program or similar government manuscript development grant programs;

b) Filipino authors who are able to complete manuscripts and with an existing agreement with a publisher but without funding for development and publication of the manuscript; and

c) local publishers who are able to publish titles but without funding for printing.

Upon submission and initial screening, applicants are highly encouraged to participate in NBDB courses. These courses, including Book Design Course, Marketing Course, and Pitch Session, will be conducted this year, aligned with the Books Institute of the Philippines.

For further details about the grant, please read the Publication Grant 2022 Guidelines here. Applications are due 11 June 2022 (Saturday). Submit your application through this link: bit.ly/publicationgrant
For questions on this release, please contact our office at +63 977 633 8425 or email [email protected] Follow us on Facebook (@nbdb.phil), Instagram (@nbdb_phil), and Twitter (@nbdb_phil).

According to their announcement post, the board is open to manuscripts in Philippine languages or English that tackle a range of genres, including climate, diversity, poetry, anthologies, crime fiction, sci-fi, graphic novels, horror, romance, and non-fiction.

Applicants are divided into three groups:

  1. Filipino authors who are able to complete manuscripts under the NBDTF program or similar government manuscript development grant programs;
  2. Filipino authors who are able to complete manuscripts and with an existing agreement with a publisher but without funding for development and publication of the manuscript; and
  3. local publishers who are able to publish titles but without funding for printing.

How to Apply

Application Link: bit.ly/publicationgrant
Application period: Submissions will run until June 11, 2022

Those who are interested in applying for the publication grant may visit booksphilippines.gov.ph for further details. Keep in touch with their official website and social media accounts for updates. Email their programs division at [email protected] for more information.

We’re crossing our fingers for y’all.

COURTESY: scoutmagph

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