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Saturday, February 21, 2015


Deadline: February 27, 2015

The 18th Time of the Writer, International festival of writers, hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, invites South African high school learners to submit their short stories for the annual Schools Short Story Competition section of the festival, by February 27.

Held in conjunction with the Time of the Writer festival, the Schools Short Story Competition section is open to all South African high school learners and aims to encourage creative expression in young people while functioning as a springboard for the future writers of South Africa. With the festival's long-standing commitment toward nurturing a culture of reading and writing, this competition has received a wide appeal that continues to grow with each edition of the festival.

Winners will be awarded cash prizes, book vouchers and complimentary tickets to the festival.

The Time of the Writer takes place from March 16 to 21, 2015. As one of the country's longest running literature festivals, Time of the Writer brings together some of the best authors, publishers, and editors from around the world, while focusing on providing a platform to KwaZulu-Natal talent.

In addition to the nightly showcases at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, the festival also organises a broad range of free daily activities including an educational and entertaining programme of workshops, reading sessions and panel discussions. 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.

The competition is open to all South African high school students. There is no particular topic for the short stories and these can be written in English, Afrikaans or isiZulu. Illegible entries will not be considered (typed entries preferred). Short stories are to be a maximum of five pages in length.
Deadline for submissions is February 27, 2015.

Entries can be submitted by one of the following methods:
Fax: 031 260 3074
Hand Delivery: Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College Campus, Mazisi Kunene Avenue, Durban, 4041, South Africa

All entries must include the name of the school and its physical address as well as contact details. Also the name of submitter (grade, age and contact details)

The 18th Time of the Writer will also include a Storytelling Focus in partnership with Gcinamasiko Arts & Heritage Trust.

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