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Press Release: The Ken Spillman and NBDCS AFCC Subsidy

Once a year, participants come to the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) in Singapore to meet and mingle with writers, illustrators, publishers, editors, and producers of excellent children’s content.

To assist Filipino children's book creators to access regional opportunities, Australian children’s author Ken Spillman has made available a grant of ten thousand pesos (P10,000.00) to help defray the expenses of attending the AFCC held annually in Singapore.

To qualify, applicants must have published at least one full-length work for children or young adults. Evidence of the published work may take the form of a PDF file attached to the application or a link to the site where the work is sold.

Applicants are also asked to submit a resumĂ© and a maximum of 500 words explaining how attendance at the AFCC might be expected to contribute to the applicant’s development and profile as a writer. A statement on why the applicant needs the grant may also be considered but is not a requirement. A commitment to attend the AFCC is also expected by showing proof that the applicant will pay or look for other resources to fund other expected expenses in the attendance of the AFCC.

The National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) will also give the chosen recipient a fifty percent (50%) discount on the AFCC registration fee. A special code will be emailed to the chosen applicant which may be used to register online.

With the above-stated requirements, applications may be emailed to afccsubsidy@nbdb.gov.ph. The deadline for submission of applications is on March 15, 2013 for attendance to this year’s AFCC which will be held on May 28-29, 2013. All submissions will be treated confidentially.

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