Join the 18th Muralla Literary Portfolio of The LANCE!

April 11, 2021


To hear, listen with intent


Amidst the pandemic, an onslaught of storms, a turbulent political climate, and everything else in between, these unprecedented times have given everyone more baggage than they can carry; some have more loads than others.

The circumstances call for different things: an initiative to speak out, the will to keep moving forward, the consistency in fighting the good fight, and the act of empathy, but above all, it asks for people to listen.

With all that has happened in the preceding year, it is only right that we sit down and listen to each other’s stories from 2020, whether they are stories of triumph, narratives of personal struggle, or just the overall human experience in what can only be regarded as a unique set of three hundred and sixty-five days.

All entries submitted and compiled are exclusive intellectual properties of The LANCE and protected by the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines.


  • Maikling Kwento 
  • Short Story
  • Tula
  • Poem
  • Sanaysay
  • Essay
  • Illustrations


  1. All entries must be original works intended for the contest and given theme. Plagiarism, such as claiming one’s work as your own, direct copying of statements from other published materials, paraphrasing quotes of other authors without proper citations, and submitting works already published or used for another purpose will result in disqualification.
  2. Entries for Short Story and Maikling Kwento categories shall not exceed 2,000 words.
  3. The contest is open for all officially enrolled students of the Colegio in the current academic year.
  4. Format:
    1. Entries must be submitted to the official e-mail address of the publication: in Word format, Times New Roman, 12, double space
    2. The document header shall include ones’ full name, year and course, and contact details (Letran email, alternative email, and contact number). 
    3. A valid student ID/registration form (for freshmen) must also be submitted in a separate file along with the entry/s.

The format shall be strictly followed, otherwise, non-compliance will result in disqualification.

  1. Illustrations can either be traditional or digital.
    1. They must be submitted in . JPEG or . PNG format.
    2. Illustrations must be scanned or shot in good lighting and quality.
  2. One can join all categories but only three (3) maximum entries can be submitted per category.


Per Category

  • First Place- 3,000 PHP
  • Second Place- 2,000 PHP
  • Third Place- 1,000 PHP