9 Sep No Comments Geejay Awards, Issue 41: NVM Gonzalez

From 2000 to 2005, the N.V.M. Gonzalez Short Story Awards were held in the Philippines, calling for the best short story of the year written by a Philippine citizen, and presented annually by the University of the Philippines’ Creative Writing Center and N.V.M., Inc.  The grand prize was a hefty 50,000 pesos (roughly $1,000 USD) and produced a fresh crop of writers and their emerging work.  The following is the list of awardees, in descending chronological order:


  • Grand Prize: At the End of the Hyphen by Exie Abola
  • Special Prize: Closeopen by Janet Villa


  • First Prize: Rest Stop by Angelo Rodriguez Lacuesta
  • Second Prize: Megastar by Arvin Abejo Mangohig
  • Third Prize: The Proper Use of Elbows by U Z. Eliserio
  • Finalist: Leather by Angelo Rodriguez Lacuesta


  • Grand Prize: Undercurrents by Janet Villa
  • Special Award: The Hero of the Snore Tango by Ian Rosales Casocot
  • Runners-up: The Bus Driver’s Daughter by H.O. Santos; Dogs Bark at the Full Moon by Reynaldo Ventura; Eyeball by Alfonso I. Dacanay; Quiapo by John Paul Abellera; Self With Dog, 1997 by Angelo Rodriguez Lacuesta; Tony’s Big Night From the Rain by Alfonso Mendoza


  • Grand Prize: The Man Who Sold Dreams by Antonio Hidalgo
  • Special Award: We Won’t Cry Over This by Socorro A. Villanueva
  • Runners-up: Turtle Season by Timothy R. Montes; Fireworks by H. O. Santos; Mountain Air by Ernesto Superal Yee


  • Grand Prize: Days of Darkness, White Nights by Charlson Ong
  • Runners-up: Death of Fray Salvador Montano, Conquistador of Negros by Rosario Cruz Lucero; Fallout by Ma. L.M. Fres-Felix
  • Best First Published Short Story: Lavender by Socorro A. Villanueva
  • Runners-up: Intersection by April Timbol Yap; Bundle by Jan Philippie V. Carpio


  • Grand Prize: Good Intentions 101: SY 72-73 by Carmen Aquino Sarmiento
  • Runners-up: Dance by Isolde Amante; The Music of the Night by Antonio Hidalgo; The Composo of Hacienda Buyong by Rosario Cruz Lucero; Dancers by Alfred Yuson