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Monday, February 15, 2010


Short story competition offers cash prizes.

The Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) will host the 13th Time of the Writer, international writers’ festival from March 9 to 13.

The festival will bring a host of local and African authors, offering a valuable opportunity for the public to gain insight into the creative processes and perspectives which inform their writing.

Evening readings, book launches and discussions will take place at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban. Wide-reaching day activities including school visits are spread across Durban and surrounding areas as part of the festival’s ongoing effort to promote and nurture a culture of reading, writing and creative expression, particularly among the youth.

Time of the Writer invites learners to submit 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 should be made by no later than February 17 and the 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 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. If you are a learner and would like to be involved in this competition - submit your stories, together with your school’s name, teacher’s name, and your school telephone number to the Centre for Creative Arts. Entries may be hand-delivered to the Centre, e-mailed to, faxed to 031 260 3074 or posted to: Time of the Writer Festival, Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College Campus, Mazisi Kunene Avenue, Durban 4041.

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

Time of the Writer 2010 is supported by the Department of Arts and Culture, the French Institute of South Africa, Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation (HIVOS), City of Durban, Adams Campus Books, Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre and the University of KwaZulu-Natal.