The Best Philippine Short Stories brings you the best in Philippine
literature. In spite of its name, poems, essays, artwork, and cartoons
will appear on a regular basis.
To help accomplish this goal, The Best Philippine Short Stories will
do the following:
1. Actively seek out good material that have appeared in Philippine magazines.
Too often such work goes into oblivion after publication unless it gets
included in an anthology. And even if it gets included in an anthology,
typical Philippine book publishing runs do not give such material wide
2. Accept material that cannot find a place in Philippine magazines because
of the nature of its content. Although once controversial topics now appear
in some magazines, there may still be some that may not be deemed suitable
for local consumption. The Best Philippine Short Stories does not insist
on political correctness and is not a site dedicated to showing only the
pretty aspects of Philippine life. We will accept work that shows the
good, the bad, and the ugly about the Philippines and its people. All
we insist on is literary excellence.
3. Provide a place for longer, more fully developed stories to reach
an audience. Philippine magazines may not have all the space that longer
stories need; we don't have an arbitrary limit on how long a story should
be. We believe a story must not be longer than necessary but should be
long enough to deliver its full message.
4. Encourage non-Filipino writers to submit work that includes Filipinos
among its characters. This will provide us with insight as to how other
cultures perceive us. Again, the author's treatment of Filipinos in the
story is not as important as its literary merit.
5. Encourage new writers to submit Philippine stories. We will consider
good stories by writers whose techniques aren't polished enough. We still
consider the story to be more important than the way it is told.
We are proud to say that some original BPSS material have been picked by
print publications to use, providing their authors with additional exposure.
6. Nurture a new era of Philippine world literature--we will look for
stories that tell how Filipinos adjust, succeed, fail, laugh, and cry
in their new environments as they continue to spread out all over the
world. In this new millennium, real Philippine literature cannot limit
itself to the obsolete concept that only stories set in the Philippines
or those written by its citizens belong.
7. Host the ezine on a reliable commercial web server (web space to be
initially donated by a friend of Philippine literature).This means it's
commercial-free and you'll never get those annoying popup and popunder
windows that continually bug readers of web sites hosted on free web
The site will be designed to emphasize easy readability of the
featured stories. Illustrations will accompany the stories and poems
This ezine is sponsored by the RP Literature Group
Web Design by Geejay Arriola
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