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Wednesday, April 9, 2014


The Mondays at St. Clements programme is to host what has now become an annual short story competition which requires a story of precisely 100 words - no more, no less.

“The past short-story competitions attracted over 100 submissions each year,” explains Pieter Scholtz who is one of the organisers or the competition. “We have therefore decided to make this an annual event to coincide with the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere.

“In celebration of the shortest day of the year - which falls on June 21 in 2014 - Mondays at St. Clements is celebrating National Short Story Day,” Scholtz adds. “We follow the lead of a UK-wide celebration with the same name, an initiative aimed at promoting fiction in its succinct form, focusing on South African writing that lends itself to this tradition.”

The Short Story Competition 2014 guidelines are as follows:
-       Length: 100 words (excluding title).
-       Stories of more or less than 100 words will be disqualified
-       Entries by email to
-       State author’s name and word count
-       Use large font: eg. Times New Roman, 14 pt.

The author of the winning story will receive a presentation box of wine or an electric coffee percolator. No more than 7 submissions per person will be considered and authors’ names will be deleted for adjudication. Stories submitted for previous competitions will not be considered

Closing date is June 2, 2014, and the top ten stories will be published in le petit déjeuner 4, comprising a selection of 50 short stories.

All stories will be read at St. Clements on the two Mondays following the presentation.