*** WIN R1000 ***
Our second FLASH CASH Competition is live!
THE TWO PHRASES TO BE USED FOR THE FEBRUARY 2020 COMPETITION ARE:
UP A GUM TREE
Here is an EXAMPLE of how to use the two phrases provided. The phrases in this EXAMPLE were
- PERCHED DISCREETLY
- FIFTEEN-YEAR OLD BEHIND
See below for details on how to enter.
Every second month the South African Writers’ Circle holds a “Flash Cash” competition which is open to all South African residents 16 years of age or older. This is a creative writing challenge to encourage the development of the difficult skill of writing “flash fiction”. We believe that youngsters from their mid-teens have the creative maturity and language skills to succeed, just as much as older people.
Firstly, write a story of no more than 500 words (excluding the title). You have two weeks to do this, and it MUST include the two short phrases, in any order, which you will find here on the website. You can choose any topic or theme, but your story must be in English that is good enough to be published: any submission that needs editing or has proofreading errors will be rejected, without refund, so get a trusted friend to check it for you!
Next, decide on a pseudonym or pen name. Prepare your story double-spaced in MS Word, headed with “Title by (your Pseudonym)” and the word count. Check through it again! Sleep on it, then check it yet again! Don’t worry about copyright: it’s yours.
Lastly, complete the Competitions Entry Form, and send it in by e-mail with your story, and with proof of payment of the R50 entry fee* (per entry), all as separate attachments, to email@example.com. Save and keep copies of everything, please.
This year, our first closing date is the end of February, and the compulsory phrases will be made available on 14th February: that’s the day you get started.
The winning author gets R1000, and the winning story will be published in the next SAWC newsletter, Write Now, with your permission.
NB. The judges’ decisions are final and no discussions can be entered into. Your stories are judged anonymously. If your creative muse is really on fire, you may send in as many stories as you like, under the same pseudonym, but each with its R50 entry fee.
Any questions? Get in touch with me, Richard Newell, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Bank details: S A Writers’ Circle
Standard Bank, Current account
Hillcrest branch: 045726
Account number 250 780 119