The entry fee is R50 per entry unless otherwise stated. Please pay via EFT (ELECTRONIC FUND TRANSFER). Due to excessive bank charges, SAWC can no longer accept cash payments made at the bank or using an ATM. If proof of payment is sent via email by the bank, please have it forwarded to both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you make payment, include as a reference at least the first 3 letters of your surname, plus first initial and the month of entry. (For example, SoaJ-Feb).
Members who do not win a prize in a particular competition may re-enter their work, amended if necessary, in a subsequent competition.
Entries must be the writer’s own original work.
An entry which has been published in a commercial magazine or in an anthology, bears an ISBN, or has won a prize in a SAWC or other competition, may not be entered. For simultaneous submissions, the SAWC must be informed if the work is accepted for publication elsewhere.
Every valid entrant will be provided with written feedback on their entry.
The prize money for winners of regular monthly competitions is: First – R200, Second – R150, and Third – R100 (unless otherwise determined by the SAWC).
Points for the annual writing competition are awarded as follows: 1st – 5; 2nd – 4; 3rd — 3. These points accumulate over the year (January to December), and the person receiving the highest total will receive a trophy. Other winners will receive a certificate. These are sent out in the following year.
The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
All entries to competitions are anonymous – entrants must provide a pseudonym. SAWC judges have no idea of the name, race, culture, gender, or age of any entrant to our competitions. Entries will be judged on literary merit, creative imagination, and the ability to enthral.