Schools Short Story Competition

The Schools Short Story Competition aims to encourage creative expression and function as a springboard for young writers. Closes 24 Feb.

The 20th Time of the Writer Festival invites high school learners to submit their short stories for the annual Schools Short Story Competition.

The Schools Short Story Competition is open to all South African high school learners and aims to encourage creative expression in young people while functioning as a springboard for the future writers of South Africa. With the festival’s long-standing commitment toward nurturing a culture of reading and writing, this competition has received a wide appeal that continues to grow with each edition of the festival.

Winners will be awarded cash prizes, book vouchers and complimentary tickets to the festival, which takes place in Durban from 13-18 March 2017.

For more information on the festival or the competition, please visit or contact the Centre for Creative Arts on 031 260 2506/1816 or email:

Terms and conditions:
– The competition is open to all South African high school students
– There is no particular topic for the short stories
– The short stories can be written in English or isiZulu
– Illegible entries will not be considered (Typed entries preferred)
– Short stories are to be a maximum of five pages in length
– Deadline for submissions is 16h00 on 24 February 2017

How to enter:
Entries can be submitted by one of the following methods:
Fax: 031 260 3074
Hand delivery: Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College Campus, Mazisi Kunene Avenue, Durban

All entries must include:
– Name of school (Contact and physical address)
– Name of submitter (Grade, age and contact details)
– Ensure that all pages are numbered

Contact details

Tel: 0312602506
Where: Nationwide