South African Writers College Short Story Competition 2016 for Emerging South African Writers (R 17,000 in Cash Prize)

Application Deadline: April 30th 2016

The competition is held to acknowledge excellence in creative writing in the short story form. The contest is open to any emerging writer residing in South Africa and who has had fewer than four stories/articles published in any format (print or digital).

This year’s theme is “The Gift”, but it cannot be the title of the story.

  • The competition is open to anyone living in South Africa over the age of 16.
  • The competition closes at midnight on 30 April 2016. The shortlist is published on 15 May, and the winners will be announced and displayed on our website by 31 May 2016.
  • Prizewinners will be notified via email as well as on our web site; please ensure you supply a valid email address with your entry.
  • Prize money will be paid via electronic transfer.
  • SA writers College 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.
  • If your entry has not been acknowledged within 72 hours, please contact the organizers –your mail may have got lost in transit.
  • SA Writers College reserves the right to extend the competition deadline, or cancel the competition should the entries not be of publishable quality or up to the required standard.

Word Format

Entrants must submit a story of maximum word count: 2000 words. Any entries exceeding the word count by 50 words will not be considered.


  • Your first page of your Word document must include the story title, your name, 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 a font such as 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.


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

The top three entries will be published on our college site and will receive editorial comments on their submitted works.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the South African Writers College Short Story Competition 2016


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