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Monday, February 22, 2021


Deadline for submissions: March 14, 2021

The 24th Time of the Writer International Festival hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts (CCA), University of KwaZulu-Natal taking place from March 15 to 21, 2021, invites youth until 35 years old from South Africa and anywhere from the African continent to submit videos of their book reviews for the online African Book Review Competition.

In conjunction with the Time of the Writer festival, the competition is open to youth under 35. It aims to encourage reading and writing in young people while functioning as a springboard for the future writers on the African continent. With the festival’s long-standing commitment toward nurturing a culture of reading and writing, this competition has received a broad appeal that continues to grow with each edition of the festival. Winners are awarded cash prizes.

As one of the country’s longest-running literature festivals, Time of the Writer features a diverse gathering of leading novelists, social commentators, activists, playwrights, short story writers and poets. This 24th edition features authors in conversation, panel discussions, a public participation programme, and exhibitions focused on many socially-relevant themes such as whistleblowing, migration, colonialism, gender-based violence and sexual identity.

Competition Terms and Conditions

The video Book Review competition is open to person from anywhere in South Africa or the African continent

There are two categories for the competition

-Under 18 years

-Over 18 to 35 years

This is a family competition so vulgarity will immediately disqualify an entry

Maximum 1 video submission allowed per person.

Video recordings received will be posted on the Time of the Writer social media pages. The organisers cannot guarantee that your video will be shared.

The organisers have the right to disqualify your video if it does not follow the rules or required format.

The Judge’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into about the outcomes.

Closing date is March 14, 2021


How to Enter

Send a video recording of your book review via WhatsApp on +27 71 326 7272. All entries must include your full name, age and contact details.

Tell us:

-the name of the book and the author of the book

-what is the central theme of the book

-something about the characters

-why you enjoyed reading the book

-why you recommend others to read it.

-what you need to know about making your video book review:


Keep your video recording to no more than 2 minutes.

Video recordings can be submitted in any South African official language.

Prizes for each category: First Prize: R5,000; Second Prize: R2,500; Third Prize: R1,500; Audience Choice: R1,000

The Audience Choice prize will be determined by the video review that receives the most LIKES and SHARES on Time of the Writer’s social media pages.

Time of the Writer is made possible through partnerships with the KZN and National Department of Sports, Arts & Culture, Amazwi South African Museum of Literature, the French Institute of South Africa, Imbiza Journal of African Writing, the STAND Foundation, and the Foundation for Human Rights.

Time of the Writer festival runs from March 15 to 21, 2021, and will stream live on the festival's Facebook page:, Twitter page @timeofthewriter and YouTube Channel,

For more information visit, where you can register to be part of the Zoom room from next week.

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