Quezon City, Philippines. Finish what you have started. Turn your manuscript into a published book! After sitting down to write all your creative ideas, it’s now time to bring your work out for the world to see and recognize — and the National Book Development Board is here to help authors and publishers with our very first Publication Grant. 

As publication alone can be costly, the grant provides financial subsidies for all steps involved in the publication of Filipino-authored books for the global audience. Amounting to a total of 1.6 million pesos for successful grantees, our grant covers expenses for copy editing, layout, design, and printing of recently developed manuscripts and/or research works.

We’re open to accepting manuscripts tackling and revolving around climate, diversity, poetry, anthologies, crime fiction, sci-fi, graphic novels, horror, romance, and non-fiction in Philippine languages and English. Each grantee will receive a maximum of Php 200,000.00 per title. 

Eligible applicants will be categorized into three groups: a) Filipino authors who are able to complete manuscripts under the NBDTF program or similar government manuscript development grant programs; b) Filipino authors who are able to complete manuscripts and with an existing agreement with a publisher but without funding for development and publication of the manuscript; and c) local publishers who are able to publish titles but without funding for printing.

Upon submission and initial screening, applicants are highly encouraged to participate in NBDB courses. These courses, including Book Design Course, Marketing Course, and Pitch Session, will be conducted this year, aligned with the Books Institute of the Philippines. 

For further details about the grant, please read the Publication Grant 2022 Guidelines here. Applications are due 11 June 2022 (Saturday). Submit your application through this link:  bit.ly/publicationgrant

For questions on this release, please contact our office at 0977-633-8425 or email grants@nbdb.gov.ph. Follow us on Facebook (@nbdb.phil), Instagram (@nbdb_phil), and Twitter (@nbdb_phil).