Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Ivy Terasaka Short Story Competition

Our Own Voice: Literary Ezine for Filipinos in the Diaspora



Ivy Terasaka was an emerging writer. For a short while, she was a familiar face and voice at various Singapore literary events. Ivy set up a website where some of her short stories appear along with a few of her ruminations she shared with family and friends. Her immense satisfaction in being part of her children’s growing years is evident in the photographs she included in the site. In late 2003, Ivy discovered Our Own Voice and submitted a short story. We published "The Last Time I Saw Nanay" posthumously. To honor her dream of being a writer, we name this annual competition in her memory. Short Stories must be relevant to the Filipino experience in the diaspora.


• Format: Word document FILE attachment
Two title pages, one with author’s name, the other without.
• Total word count: 3,000 – 5,000 words
• Only unpublished works will be considered
• Email to:
• Subject heading: "Ivy Terasaka Short Story Competition."
Limit one story per author. Multiple submissions not allowed.
• All submissions will be acknowledged.
Submission deadline is April 25, 2005


• First Prize U.S. $100 and a copy of Our Own Voice Literary / Arts Journal (2003)
• Second Prize U.S. $50 and a copy of Our Own Voice Literary / Arts Journal (2003)
• Third Prizes (two) U.S. $25 and a copy of Our Own Voice Literary / Arts Journal (2003)


• Winners will appear in the November 2005 online issue of Our Own Voice.
• The First and Second Prize short stories will be featured in the November 2005 issue.
Our Own Voice reserves the option to feature the Third Prize short stories in future online issues.


...And because it just seems so cold and unfeeling to leave you with nothing but the announcement, I will say that I'm headed to the gym for an hour or so. When I emerge, maybe I will have shed ten pounds of fat, gained five pounds of muscle, and have strikingly white teeth.

Or maybe I'll just be sweaty and tired.

We shall see.

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