SA Writers College (SAWC) Annual Short Story Award 2017 For Emerging Writers in South Africa

SA Writers College (SAWC) Annual Short Story Award 2017 For Emerging Writers in South Africa
26 Feb 2017

The annual SA Writers College Short Story Competition acknowledges excellence in creative writing in the Short Story form. The contest is open to any beginner writer living in South Africa.

Eligibility: 

  • We aim to support beginner writers. We only accept stories from writers who have never been published, or who have been published fewer than four times in any genre. This includes fiction or non-fiction, in any publication (for payment or otherwise). Journalists, copywriters or web writers must please not apply. We make an exception for unpaid articles for community or work newsletters, or blogs, where the circulation is under 1000.
  • Entry is limited to South African residents only.
  • Entrants must submit a story of maximum word count: 2000 words. Any entries exceeding the word count by 50 words will not be considered.
  • Writers can interpret and represent the theme in any way they choose. Stories that appear to be entirely unrelated to the theme will not be considered.
  • We strongly recommend that writers read through the competition archives or the past winning stories to see what kind of writing appeals to us at SA Writers College. We enjoy highly original writing that is authentic and thought-provoking.
  • Stories must not have been previously published. Entrants must own full copyright to the story submitted.
  • Only one story per entrant is allowed.
  • Only e-mail submissions are acceptable, with stories attached as Word Documents. Mark your entry clearly with the subject line: SAWC Annual Short Story Competition, and submit according to rules below.
  • If you have not received an acknowledgement of your submission within three days, please re-send your entry.

Selection Criteria: 

  • We only accept entries written in English.
  • Entrant must own full copyright of the piece.
  • Writers retain copyright, but give permission for their work to be displayed on our website.
  • The judges’ decision is final; no disputes will be entered into.

Number of Awardees: 3

Value of Scholarship: 

  • First Prize: R 10 000.00
  • Second Prize: R 5 000.00
  • Third Prize: R 2 000.00

Duration of Contest: The competition closes at midnight on 30th April 2017. The shortlist is published on 16 May, and the winners will be announced and displayed on our website by 31st May 2017.

How to Apply: 

  • Queries and submissions must be sent to Nichola Meyer: [email protected]
  • Only one story per entrant is allowed.
  • Only e-mail submissions are acceptable, with stories attached as Word Documents. Mark your entry clearly with the subject line: SAWC Annual Short Story Competition, and submit according to rules below.
  • If you have not received an acknowledgement of your submission within three days, please re-send your entry.
  • Your first page of your Word document must include the story title and your name (using a font such as Arial or Times New Roman, size 12, with no special formatting please), your email address and total number of words of the entry.
  • Do not include your name on any page of your story, except the title page. All entries will be judged blind.
  • Use Arial or Times New Roman, size 12 or more. Use 1.5 or double spacing between lines. We prefer a clear line between paragraphs rather than indenting.
  • Make sure your story has been edited and polished according to tips and guidelines provided on our college site under “Writing Resources”, or on our webzine.

Application Deadline: 

30th April 2017

Organizer: 

SA Writers College (SAWC)

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