Upcoming competitions

SAWC Competition entries must be in the Competition Manager’s  inbox (competitions.sawc@gmail.com) by the last day of every month. Please download the Competition Entry Form at the bottom of this page.
Entry fee:
R35 per entry unless otherwise specified. CASH, CHEQUES or ELECTRONIC TRANSFERS only please. If paying by cheque, please add R15 to cover the extra charges from the bank.

DECEMBER  2016 – JANUARY 2017
First Chapter of Novel – 3000 words
Write the first chapter of a novel.
Closing Date 31 January 2017
click here for your competition entry form.

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February  2017

Poetry: In the City at Sunset
Write a set of 6 haikus telling a story about what happens in the city at sunset. 12 lines
Closing date 28 February 2017

February 2017 
Flash fiction
Go to any bookshelf in your home. Pick the seventh book on the shelf. Turn to page 7. The seventh noun from the top of the page is the title of your flash fiction piece.
300 words exactly
Closing date 28 February

March 2017
Crime Story
2000 words maximum
You are travelling along a dirt track when you come across an abandoned car with two wheels in a ditch. The passenger door and one of the rear doors are wide open. What happens next? Write in the first person. Supply a title for your story.
Closing date: 31st March 2017

April 2017
Historical Fiction: Old Belongings
2000 words maximum
Historical. Write a story about the oldest item you own or can be found in your home.
Closing date: 30th April 2017

May 2017
Science Fiction: On the run
2500 words maximum
All the world’s crops are owned by Big Business; no individual may grow their own food. Your dying uncle bequeaths you an organic potato plant. The Other Side finds out and suddenly you are on the run.
Closing date: 31st May 2017

 June 2017
Article for Country Life
1000 words maximum
Write an article about a place or holiday destination/resort/hotel you NEVER want to visit again.
Closing date: 30th June 2017

July 2017
Play
30 minutes
A  man finds a wallet or purse and discovers it belongs to his neighbour from hell. When he finds something intriguing inside, he can’t wait to return it. Write the script for a stage play.
Closing date: 31st July 2017

 August 2017
Ghost story
2500 words maximum
Write a story that begins with: He turned and could not believe his eyes. ‘Not you again!’ he snapped.
Closing date: 31st August 2017

 September 2017
Young Adult Story
1500 words maximum
Write a story entitled The Lie
Closing date: 30th September 2017

September 2017
Annual Short Story Competition – Open To All
3000 words maximum
Write a short story with a topic of your choice.
Closing date: 30th September 2017

October 2017
Poetry
30 lines
Title: Sweet or Sour
Closing date: 31st October 2017

October 2017
Flash Fiction
300 words exactly
Title: The Upside of Loneliness
Closing date: 31st October 2017

November 2017
Mystery Romance
2500 words maximum
Waiting alone at a bus stop, a young woman observes a young man on the other side of the road. He is carrying a rucksack over his shoulder. He approaches. Try to incorporate as much dialogue as possible
Closing date: 30th November 2017

December 2017/January 2018
First Chapter of Novel
3000 words maximum
Write the first chapter of a novel.
Closing date: 31st January 2018
click here for your competition entry form.