For her short stories, Kerima Polotan, has won many prestigious literary awards: four first prizes and two second prizes from the Carlos Palanca Memorial and a first prize from the Philippines Free Press.
On the accusation that she patterns her fiction after true-to-life incidents, Kerima Polotan says: "The art of fiction is a prism that the writer can use to refract human experience. That one can write about it brings him, if not deeper understanding, some kind of peace.
In other words, the writer is first a human being, before he is anything else, prone, like much of mankind, to fits of joy and pain. What happens to those around him-and, yes, to him-is legitimate material, but only if he is able to illumine it with a special insight."
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