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Tuesday, September 8, 2015


Deadline: September 19, 2015

The Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal), with principal funding from the City of Durban invites all students to submit their poems as part of the 19th Poetry Africa Schools Competition.

Poetry Africa is committed to nurturing a culture of reading and writing poetry, especially among the youth of KZN. The festival invites primary to high school learners to take up this exciting opportunity of submitting material for the poetry competition which is held in conjunction with the festival. The poems can be written in either English or isiZulu and - since there is no topic - writers have the licence to get creative. The Festival will accept up to two poems per learner; - illegible entries will not be considered. 

Poems must be submitted either by hand at the Centre for Creative Arts (CCA), UKZN, Howard College Campus, Mazisi Kunene Avenue, Glenwood, Durban, 4001 or via email to or by fax to 031 260 3074. The deadline is September 19, 2015.

The Poetry Africa festival, now in its 19th edition, takes place from October 12 to 17, 2015, in Durban.

Winners will read their poems on the main stage of the Poetry Africa festival on the evening of October 16. Prizes will be awarded by Adams Booksellers and the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN).

Entrants must ensure that the following information is on the front page of all submissions and that all pages are numbered: Full name and surname; School Name; School Contact Details. (Email / Phone/ Address).