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CANVAS launches children's story writing contest

Updated: Jul 26, 2020

The Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development (CANVAS) launched a children's story writing contest based on an artwork.

"What story can you see in this image?"

CANVAS says that is the question that the contest -- the 27th Romeo Forbes Children’s Story Writing Competition -- seeks to answer.

The competition is named after the late artist Romeo Forbes who worked on the first book -- "Elias and His Trees," published by CANVAS in 2005.

Forbes was only 24 years old when he worked on the book and he died of cancer months after the book came out.

The Romeo Forbes writing competition is open to all Filipinos anywhere in the world.

Writers can submit only one entry, either in English or Filipino, 850 words or less.

"There is no particular theme, other than the use of this edition’s contest piece, a new untitled acrylic on canvas work (shown below) by artist RV Basco, as the inspiration or basis for the entry," CANVAS says.

According to CANVAS, the aim of the competition is to "enable free and full access to, and sharing of the winning story to the general public, including making the same freely downloadable on the Internet."

CANVAS also intends to publish books "based on the winning story for free distribution to children in public schools and disadvantaged communities throughout the Philippines."

The deadline for submission of entries is at 5:00 p.m. (Manila time) on August 22, 2020.

The winner will receive P45,000 and five copies of the published book.

Click here to know more about the rules of the contest.


CANVAS is a nonprofit organization that promotes children's literacy. It works with the creative community to help people gain a greater appreciation for Philippine identity, art, culture and the environment. 

Gigo Alampay is the founder and executive director of CANVAS.

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