Wednesday, July 13, 2011

South African Writers Circle Short Story Competition

Annual Short Story Competition
This competition is open to all. SAWC membership is not a pre-requisite.


GENRE: Short Story (fiction only)

CLOSING DATE: 31 October 2011

FEE: The entry fee is R45 for members and R55 for non-members. If you would like to receive a critique of your entry an additional R10 is payable. You may submit more than one entry, each with the prescribed fee/s.


1. All competition submissions must be in English.

2. Entries may not exceed 2 500 words.

3. Entries must not have been previously published nor been placed in any competitions.

4. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entertained.

5. Entries will be judged on literary merit, use of imagination and ability to enthrall.

6. Entries must be typed in double spacing on one side of each sheet of A4 paper. Number the pages and keep a copy, as we cannot return entries unless a SASE has been supplied.

7. Provide a cover page for your entry. This must contain the title of the work, your pseudonym, and the number of words. The author’s actual name or address must not appear on the cover page or anywhere in the submitted work. Your name should only appear on the entry form (see below).

8. Attach an entry form and a cover page to the front of each entry.

9. For posted entries, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of your critique. Critiques will not be sent to entrants, even if they have paid the extra fee, unless a SASE with sufficient postage is provided. Qualifying e-mail entries will receive an e-mailed critique.

10. Entries may be posted to SAWC Annual Short Story Competition, Competitions Manager, South African Writers Circle, Box 2342, Westville, 3630; or George at Each entry must be accompanied by an entry form which can be found at:

11. EFT payments and direct deposits must include a reference (minimum of the first three letters of your surname plus your first initial and AC (for Annual Competition), for example, SoapJ-AC). Cheques must be made payable to the ‘South African Writers’ Circle’. If payment has been made by direct deposit, please include a photocopy of the deposit slip with your entry. Banking details are as follows: SA Writers’ Circle, Standard Bank, Current account, Hillcrest branch: 045726, Account number: 250780119.

12. Winners will be announced on the website and in the SAWC Newsletter. Prize winners will receive their prizes at the 2012 SAWC Annual Awards Luncheon.


1ST PRIZE — R1 000, the Frances Bond trophy and your story published in the SAWC Newsletter Write Now!
2ND PRIZE — R500.
3RD PRIZE — R250.
There are 5 HIGHLY COMMENDED ENTRIES — each win an SAWC pen.

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