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The Polyglot: Issue 13

January 15, 12:00 AM MST


The Polyglot is thrilled to partner with the Philippine Edmonton Events and Arts Society (PHIDEAS) for a joint issue dedicated to featuring the many languages and diverse arts in the Philippines.

Deadline: January 15, 2024. Please use this form to submit.

Honorarium: $100 CAD

Guest Editor: Mila Bongco-Philipzig

Open to: Canadian and International contributors of Philippine descent

Guest Editor

Mila Bongco-Philipzig is originally from the Philippines but now lives in Canada. She has published five children’s books, four of which are bilingual (Filipino-English). Mila has poetry, prose, and translations published in various magazines, anthologies, and podcasts in the Philippines, Canada, and Germany. In 2021, Mila was an Edmonton Arts Council’s Featured Artist for Asian Heritage Month, and the first featured reader for Edmonton Public Library’s Multilingual Storytime. She is currently the coordinator for the Writer’s Guild of Alberta (WGA) Horizons Writers Circle.

Submission Guidelines

Writers: You may submit up to 4 pages of writing in any genre. We accept work entirely in Philippine languages, English, or a hybrid mix. We are happy to include poetry or prose that incorporates images. Please submit both a Word document (.docx) as well as a PDF document. For images: jpeg or png.

Artists: You may submit 1-4 artworks (photographs, drawings, paintings, digital art, sculpture, video, music, dance, traditional art forms, etc.). Please provide a high-resolution JPEG or PNG file if it is visual or an MP4 file if it is a video.

Translators: You may submit up to 4 pages, including the original text. We accept multimodal translations (see our past issues Unfaithful and RESIST for what we mean by that). Please include the bio of the original author with your submission.

Writer/Translator/Artist Statement: To accompany and weave together your works, we ask for a short 200-300 word statement reflecting on your process (making art, writing poetry, use of languages, reclamation, re-learning your cultural roots, translation process, collaboration process, etc.) You can find examples of artist statements in all of our past issues (

Biography: Please provide a short biography as well, between 100 and 200 words, including where others can find you on social media. Please include your contact details, and you affiliation with Philippine heritage (citizen, parents or grandparents are Filipino, etc.) For translators: please also include a bio of the person you are translating.


Contributors will receive $100 CAD upon publication.


The aims of this issue are to offer a space for writing, translations, and artwork from the Philippines that currently are rarely included in the mainstream publications in Canada; and to foster awareness and appreciation of art and stories from Philippine communities to help shift the narrative on racism.



January 15
12:00 AM MST
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