1981 Palanca Awards
The Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature winners in the year 1981 (rank/prize, title of winning entry, name of author).
- Grand Prizes (Co-Winners): "Mass" by F. Sionil Jose and "Sangria Tomorrow" by Wilfrido D. Nolledo
- First Prize: "In Hog Heaven" by Jessie B. Garcia
- Second Prize: "The Party Hopper" by Luning B. Ira
- Third Prize: "In These Hallowed Halls" by Jesus Cruz
- First Prize: "Poems" by Edel Garcellano
- Second Prizes: "15 Poems" by Jose M. Lansang Jr. and "Pacific" by Samuel Peralta
- Third Prizes: "It is Autumn in China and Am Far Away from Home" by Cesar Mella and "Selected Poems" by Simeon Dumdum, Jr.
- First Prize: "Philippine Poetics: The Past Eight Years" by Cirilo F. Bautista
- Second Prize: "Fifteen Days in the Life of Jun San Juan, Filipino, Member of the Family of Man" by Jesus S.M. Dimapilis
- Third Prize: "The Aglipay Question" by Alfredo N. Salanga
- First Prize: "Sacraments of the Dead" by Tony Perez
- Second Prize: "Penumbra" by Dong Delos Reyes
- Third Prizes: "Abattoir" by Leoncio P. Deriada and "The Players" by Alfredo O. Cuenca Jr.
- Special Prize: "Gateau La Sans Rival ..." by Lemuel Torrevillas
Filipino (Tagalog) Division
Novel in Filipino
- Special Prize: "Mga Tinapay sa Ibabaw ng Tubig" by Reynaldo A. Duque
Short Story in Filipino
- First Prize: "Di Mo Masilip Ang Langit" by Benjamin P. Pascual
- Second Prizes: "Ambos ng Bayan" by Rosario Balmaceda-Gutierrez and "Sulat Mula Sa Libon" by Generoso Taduran Jr.
- Third Prize: "May Hatid na Subyang ang Hangin at Ulan" by Lamberto E. Antonio
Poetry in Filipino
- First Prize: "Taga sa Bato" by Romulo Sandoval
- Second Prize: "Lagi na'y Kailangan Kong Gumising nang Maaga't iba pang Pagdidili-dili" by Tomas F. Agulto
- Third Prize: "Kaya Bang Ipiit at Saka Tanuran ang Isang Gunita" by Benigno R. Juan
Essay in Filipino
- First Prizes: "Ang Kuwento ng Nawawalang Ilog" by Wilfredo Pa. Virtusio and "Sa Sariling Panunuring Pampanitikan- Mga Hamon at Pananagutan" by Pedro L. Ricarte
- Second Prize: "Hagkis ni Lamberto E. Antonio: Ang Tula Bilang Sandatang Pampulitika" by Romulo Sandoval and "Paano Nagsusulat ang Isang Ina" by Ligaya Tiamson-Rubin
- Third Prizes: "Ang Manlalakbay" by Ernesto Cabling and "Talababa sa Kontemporaryong Dula" by Reuel Molina Aguila
One-Act Play in Filipino
- First Prize: "May Isang Sundalo" by Rene O. Villanueva
- Second Prize: "Barkada" by Bienvenido Noriega Jr.
- Third Prize: "Ganito Bang Lahat Ang Tatay" by Mariano Calangasan
Full-Length Play in Filipino
- First Prize: "Mga Idolong Romantiko sa Isang Dulang Sumusuri ng Lipunan" by Bienvenido Noriega Jr.
- Second Prize: "Juan Luna" by Bienvenido Noriega Jr.
- Third Prize: "Anghel" by Noel De Leon
More winners by year
- "The Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature | Winners 1981". Archived from the original on 2009-10-23.