Book Review Competition

Submit your book review for our competition and win cash prizes!

Time of the Writer invites youth until 35 from South Africa and anywhere from the African continent to submit videos of their book reviews for the online African Book Review Competition.



Competition Terms and Conditions

  • The video Book Review competition is open to person from anywhere in South Africa or the African continent
  • There are two categories for the competition
    • Under 18 years
    • Over 18 to 35 years
  • This is a family competition so vulgarity will immediately disqualify an entry
  • Maximum 1 video submission allowed per person.
  • Video recordings received will be posted on the Time of the Writer social media pages. We cannot guarantee that your video will be shared.
  • We have the right to disqualify your video if it does not follow the rules or required format.
  • The Judge’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into about the outcomes.
  • Closing date is 14 March.


How to Enter

Send a video recording of your book review via WhatsApp on +27 71 326 7272. All entries must include your full name, age and contact details.


Tell us:

  • the name of the book and the author of the book.
  • what is the central theme of the book
  • something about the characters
  • why you enjoyed reading the book
  • why you recommend others to read it.


What you need to know about making your video book review:

  • Keep your video recording to no more than 2 minutes.
  • Video recordings can be submitted in any South African official language.


Prizes for each category

First Prize: R5 000                        

Second Prize: R2 500

Third Prize: R1 500

Audience Choice: R1 000


The Audience Choice prize will be determined by the video review that receives the most LIKES and SHARES on our facebook page.