Call for Submission for Upcoming Kuwento Co. Anthology Book

Call for Submission for Upcoming Kuwento Co. Anthology Book

Happy National Novel/Memoir Writing Month in November!

In celebration of National Novel/Memoir Writing Month, Kuwento Co. is launching The Kuwento Co. Challenge where we challenge YOU to write ONE story and publish it in our upcoming anthology book, all in ONE MONTH! After all submissions are submitted, the stories will be compiled into a printed and published anthology book by December.

What to Submit

  • Type and save your story on a Microsoft Word Document (not PDF). Save the document as “Your Full Name_Title” (Ex: Gabriela Reyes_The Missing Case of Lola's Recipe). You will upload your document in the submission link below. See “How to Submit” section.
  • 12 font, Times New Roman, single-spaced, 20 pages max
  • 100-word or less bio
  • Acceptable: Non-fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, poetry, narrative essay. See suggested topics below.
  • Non-acceptable: No fiction stories; no ghostwriting! Must be written by the author. Can't be published already in a book, article, journal, etc. If the same writing piece is being selected or has been selected to be published elsewhere, please notify
  • Limited to 3 submissions per author
  • No age limit. For writers 17 and under, you must provide confirmation of guardian permission.
  • (Optional) You may include up to 5 images in black and white per story; please make sure the photo(s) are high resolution. No copyrighted images allowed. Please save image as a PNG or JPEG with “Your Full Name_Image Name”.


How to Submit

Submit your stories electronically here:


Submission Time Frame

  • Open submission begins November 1, 2022
  • Deadline on November 30, 2022 11:59 p.m. CST


Acceptance Process

You will receive a confirmation email of your submission(s). Selected stories will receive an official email acceptance for publication within 3-7 days of submission from Publication will occur in December 2022. Pre-sale ordering link will be available mid to end November.


Suggested topics (but not mandatory) on Filipinx American experience:

  • Experiences during COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Filipino Identity
  • Family and Family History
  • Parenthood/Grandparenthood
  • Immigration/Migration
  • Generation Gap
  • Home
  • Geographical Living
  • Filipino Food
  • Filipino Language
  • Filipino Culture and Art
  • Story of your Name/Nicknames
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Education
  • Racism/Discrimination
  • Career and Business
  • Finances
  • Health and Fitness
  • Mental Health and Wellness
  • Beauty Standards
  • Community Organizing
  • Cultural Expectations
  • Relationships
  • Love Stories
  • Colonial Mentality/Decolonization
  • Childhood Stories
  • Elderly Care
  • Generational Trauma
  • Travel and Adventure
  • You can write about anything!


Writing Kuwento Tips

  • We are looking for real stories written by ordinary Filipinx Americans who have extraordinary and inspirational experiences. Their stories will connect with readers, most especially Filipinx Americans. You do not have to be an experienced “writer,” just someone willing to write and share their kuwento!
  • Good stories have a catchy beginning, meaty middle, and powerful ending.
  • Write in first person narrative; writing a personal account filled with heart, soul, and emotion. Kuwentos can make the reader laugh, cry, pensive, or kilig (exhilarating chills). Just make the reader feel what you are feeling.
  • In order for readers to say, “Wow! What a kuwento!” we encourage stories with thick descriptions, utilizing all five senses (touch, taste, sound, sight, and smell). We want readers to feel like they are there with you in your story.
  • Free write towards a first draft. Let your heart write your kuwento. Editing and revising will be your second step. Please spell check, proofread, and cite any facts before you submit.


Want to submit, but don't know what to write, or need help polishing your kuwento?

Join the Kuwento Co. Challenge Writing and Storytelling Program today! Limited enrollment seats.

The Kuwento Co. Challenge Program will help you write and submit your one short kuwento on time and guaranteed for publication in the new and upcoming Kuwento Co. Anthology! The program includes a weekly writing workshop on November 1, 8, 15, 22. The program is FREE, so sign up before the workshops fill up.

Sign up here: I want to JOIN the Kuwento Co. Writing Challenge PROGRAM for FREE!

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Pinky at

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