Schools Short Story Competition

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The 23rd Time of the Writer International Festival hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts (CCA), University of KwaZulu-Natal invites South African high school learners to submit their short stories for the annual Schools Short Story Competition by Friday 28 February 2020.

Held in conjunction with the Time of the Writer festival, the Schools Short Story Competition is open to all South African high school learners and aims to encourage creative expression in young people while functioning as a springboard for the future writers of South Africa. With the festival’s long-standing commitment toward nurturing a culture of reading and writing, this competition has received a wide appeal that continues to grow with each edition of the festival. Winners will be awarded cash prizes and complimentary tickets to the festival. 

The Time of the Writer takes place from 16 – 21 March 2020. As one of the country’s longest-running literature festivals, Time of the Writer brings together some of the best authors, publishers, and editors from around the world, while focusing on providing a platform to KwaZulu-Natal talent.  In addition to the nightly showcases at both Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre (KwaMashu) and the KZNSA Gallery (Glenwood), as well as various community-based venues, the festival also organises a broad range of free daily activities including an educational and entertaining programme of workshops, reading sessions and panel discussions. This includes engagement with teachers on the implementation of literature in the classroom and with members of the public interested in literature as well as visits to schools by the festival participants. 

Competition Terms and Conditions
•The competition is open to all South African high school students.
•There is no particular topic for the short stories.
•The short stories must be written in English or isiZulu.
•Illegible entries will not be considered (Typed entries preferred).
•Short stories are to be a maximum of 5 pages in length.
•Deadline for submissions is 28 February 2020 (16:00).
How to Enter
Entries can be submitted by one of the following methods:
Fax: 031 260 3074
Hand Delivery: Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College Campus, Mazisi Kunene Avenue, Durban, 4041, South Africa
All entries must include:
•Name of School (Contact and physical address)
•Name of submitter (Grade, age and contact details)
•Ensure that all pages are numbered.
For more information on the festival  and schools competition, please visit our website at or contact the Centre for Creative Arts on 031 260 2506/1817 or email:

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