Annual Competition





PLEASE NOTE: e-mail entries ONLY

THEME:                  Open

GENRE:                  Short Story Fiction

WORD COUNT:    3000 words maximum

CLOSING DATE: 30 September 2018

FEE:                    The entry fee is R60 for members of the South African Writers’ Circle, and R100 for non-members. If you would like to receive a written critique of your entry an additional R10 is payable per entry. 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 3000 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 enthral.
  6. There is no age restriction to entrants; all entrants are judged in the same category.
  7. Entries must be double spaced.
  8. Provide a cover page for your entry. This must contain the title of the work, your pseudonym, and the number of words (excluding the cover page). 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).
  9. Attach an entry form with each entry.
  10. All entries must be e-mailed to the Competitions Manager at
  • All payments must be by EFT (ELECTRONIC FUND TRANSFER)
  • The SAWC can no longer accept cash deposits made at an ATM or at the bank.
  • EFT payments must include a reference (minimum of the first three letters of your surname plus your first initial and AC (for example, SoaJ-AC).
  • A copy of the EFT payment or an emailed notification must accompany each entry.
  1. Winners will be announced on the SAWC website, Facebook, and in the SAWC Newsletter.
  2. Prizewinners will receive their prizes at the SAWC Annual Awards Lunch 2019, if they are able to attend.

1st PRIZE:    The Francis Bond Trophy, R1 000, your story published in the SAWC Newsletter (Write Now), SAWC pen and certificate

2nd PRIZE:   R500, SAWC pen and certificate

3rd PRIZE:    R250, SAWC pen and certificate

5 HIGHLY COMMENDED ENTRIES: SAWC pen and certificate

SA Writers’ Circle, Standard Bank, Current Account, Hillcrest Branch: 045726,Account Number: 250780119

In case you missed it, click here for your competition entry form.

Francis Bond Trophy for the Winner of the Annual Short Story Competition
PATRICIA DEVENISH – Requiescat in Pacem (Durban)
Second Prize – Annual Short Story -ANGELIQUE PACHECO – Old Fool’s Gold (Pretoria)
Third Prize – Annual Short Story – GLENDA JÄGER – The Mirror Box (Kloof, Durban)
Annual Short Story Runners Up – Lourens Durand – Uncle Bob’s Potato (Limpopo)
Wendy Greeff – A Private Investigation (Durban)
Tasneem Moolla – Drowning Amongst the Raindrops (Berea, Durban)
Anje Mienie – The Secret Soul (Rustenburg, North West)
Eleanor Lemmer – Highway Queen (Brooklyn, Pretoria)