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Sunday, February 23, 2014


Deadline: February 28, 2014

The 17th Time of the Writer International Writers’ Festival hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal invites high school learners to submit their short stories for the annual Schools Short Story Competition by Friday, February 28, 2014.

Held in conjunction with the festival, The Time of the Writer Schools Short Story Competition is open to all high school learners and aims to encourage creative expression in young people. This competition is the springboard for future storytellers of South Africa. With its long-standing commitment towards nurturing a culture of reading and writing, especially amongst the youth, this competition has received wide and growing appeal in previous editions of Time of the Writer.

There is no particular topic for the short stories and they can be written in English, isiZulu or Afrikaans. A maximum of five pages (preferably typed) are to be written. Illegible entries will not be considered. Winners will be awarded cash prizes, book vouchers and complimentary tickets to the festival.

The Time of the Writer festival takes place from March 17 to 22. As one of the country’s premier literature festivals, Time of the Writer brings together some of the world’s best authors, publishers, and editors; it also offers a platform to KZN talent. The festival provides Durban with an educational yet entertaining programme of workshops, reading sessions and panel discussions. This year’s edition of the festival will also include a storytelling focus in partnership with Gcinamasiko Arts & Heritage Trust.

In addition to the nightly showcases, a broad range of free day activities including seminars and workshops are formulated to promote a culture of reading, writing and creative expression. This includes the educator’s forum with teachers, on the implementation of literature in the classroom, the community writing forum with members of the public interested in literature, as well as visits to schools by the festival participants.

For more information on the festival or the competition, contact the Centre for Creative Arts on 031 260 2506/1816 or email