Writing Competitions in South Africa 2020

Writing Competitions in South Africa 2020

South African Writing Competitions and Awards 2020

Calling all South African writers and aspiring writers – there are prizes to be won and glory to be gained in Writing Competitions in South Africa 2020.

Most writers know that the only cure for writer’s block is the sting a of a deadline whip. But here are some sugar-coated carrots on a stick instead.

THE SA WRITERS COLLEGE 2020 Annual Short Story Award
For Emerging Writers in South Africa

This is the college’s 13th annual short story competition, held to acknowledge
emerging writers in South Africa.
First Prize: R10 000.00 and publication in an anthology of winning stories
Second Prize: R 5 000.00 and publication in an anthology of winning stories
Third Prize: R 2 500.00
The top three winners will receive editorial comments on their submitted works.

THEME: “You’re up to your neck in it.”
Deadline: Midnight 30 April 2020


Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature
Prizes worth R90 000 are up for grabs and prize-winning authors will get their
books published by Tafelberg Publishers, catapulting their writing career to the next level. 2021 entries close on 1 June 2020


Monthly short story competitions
The SA Writers’ Circle is one of the few associations in South Africa which runs a monthly members’ only competition, covering popular genres. It also runs an annual short story competition which is open to all. The topic is your choice.
CLOSING DATE: 30 September
FEE: The entry fee is R60 for members of the South African Writers’ Circle, and R100 for non-members.

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