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You Write To Me, I'll Write To You


Calling all Filipino Writers


Scholastic Asia is giving a chance to Filipino writers living in Asia to submit a short synopsis and the opening pages of their unpublished chapter book or novel and stand a chance to receive a review and written feedback by Mr. Barry Cunningham on their submission!


A total of 6 manuscripts will be shortlisted for Barry Cunningham’s review, and the most outstanding manuscript from the shortlist will receive a review of the complete manuscript from Barry.


You Write to Me, I’ll Write to You is a manuscript critique initiative of the Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA) in an effort to further encourage and inspire Asian writers. The idea of the manuscript critique aspires to motivate writers by assisting them to get their manuscript in shape, and recognising excellence in Asian writings, and to further encourage writers to participate in the Scholastic Asian Book Awards.


This meaningful initiative is in partnership with the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY).


Scholastic and PBBY are proud to collaborate in this manuscript critique initiative as part of its continuous commitment towards promoting and celebrating the best of Asian literature. PBBY will be involved in the screening process and selection of manuscripts for Barry Cunningham's review and critique.



Interested writers to email a brief synopsis (no more than 250 words) and opening pages of the manuscript (entry must not exceed 2,500 words) to . Participants do not need to submit a complete/finished manuscript.


The closing date for all submission entries will be extended until Sunday, April 30, 2017, 5:00pm (Philippines time). Selected entries will be informed via email in July.



  • Open to all Filipinos, living in Asia, who are 18 years of age and above.
  • Manuscripts (either chapter book or novel) submitted should be intended for children to young adults between age 6 and 18 years old, and must be Asian in content. The story must be set in Asia.
  • Entries must be in English.
  • Manuscripts must be original, unpublished, and not yet accepted for publication. Previously published authors can submit manuscript that has not been published in all formats (digital and print).
  • Each person is limited to only one entry.
  • Entries should not be accompanied by illustrations.


Rules and formatting

  1. Submission is to be done via email only. - Please send it to
  2. Manuscripts (either chapter book or novel) must not exceed 2,750 words (max 2,500 words for opening pages of the manuscript, 250 words for synopsis).
  3. On the top right-hand corner of the cover page, please specify the word count of the entire manuscript.
  4. Entries must be typed and saved in either Microsoft Word document or a PDF, with double spaced, 12 pt. Arial font and pages must be numbered consecutively from beginning to end.
  5. Participants are to include personal details in the email body text;
    • Full name:
    • Date of birth:
    • Contact number:
    • Address:
    • Manuscript title:
    • Manuscript word count:
  6. Email should be titled: “Manuscript Critique 2017”
  7. The closing date for all submission entries will be extended until Sunday, April 30, 2017, 5:00pm (Philippines time). Selected entries will be informed via email in July.


Barry Cunningham, Publisher of Chicken House Books - home of great reading - has had an impressive career in publishing. He has worked with all the great names in children’s books, including Roald Dahl during the most popular years of his career. Barry soon became one of the best-known names in publishing after he signed up J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.


The Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA) is the joint initiative of the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) and Scholastic Asia. SABA will recognize children’s writers of Asian origin who are taking the experiences of life, spirit, and thinking in different parts of Asia to the world at large. The award also aims to promote the understanding of the Asian experience and its expression in innovative and creative forms.


The objectives of the SABA are as follows:

  • To recognise excellence in fiction in Asian stories for children
  • To showcase the diversity of literary talent within Asia
  • To encourage and inspire more books and stories with Asian content
  • The closing date for the 2018 SABA is December 22nd, 2017, 5:00pm (Singapore time). Results will be declared in May 2018, at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content.


More information on SABA, kindly log on to


The PBBY or Philippine Board on Books for Young People, is a private, non-stock, non-profit organization committed to the development of children's literature in the Philippines.

The PBBY is the lead agency in the celebration of National Children's Book Day (NCBD).