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Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Time of the Writer Schools Short Story Competition. (also festivals)

The Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) will host the 12th Time of the Writer, international writers’ festival from March 9 to 14 2009. Principal activities take place each evening at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.

International and local authors will read from their work and be interviewed by selected hosts, followed by discussions with the audience. Additional daytime activities – including school visits – will take place in and around Durban. The full programme will be announced in mid-February.

A central focus of the festival is to encourage reading and writing, particularly among the youth. Time of the Writer invites learners to begin submitting material for the short story writing competition to be held in conjunction with the festival. Learners are invited to engage creatively with a theme of their choice.

Submissions need to be made by no later than Monday, February 16 and judges will then make the final selection. Please note that entries must be fictional stories and not critical essays. A maximum of five pages (preferably typed) are to be written in either English, Zulu or Afrikaans. Illegible entries will not be considered.

Winners will be awarded cash prizes and given complimentary tickets to attend the festival, where they will be handed their prizes. Winning entries will be displayed in the theatre foyer throughout the festival.

Learners who would like to be involved in this competition should submit their stories, together with their name and contact details, school’s name, teacher’s name, and school telephone number to the Centre for Creative Arts. Entries may be hand delivered to the Centre or faxed to 031 260 3074 or posted to: Centre For Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal Durban South Africa, 4041

For more information on the festival contact the Centre for Creative Arts on 031 260 2506/1704 or e-mail or visit our website:

Or click on the Centre for Creative Arts advert on the main pages.