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Entering into writing competitions is a good way to get your writing out there and to get noticed. Besides getting published when you win, there’s usually a monetary incentive as well (which will cover your entry costs…)

get your writing noticed

Bonus: if you get published after winning such a competition, you can briefly mention it in your query letter to a literary agent or publishing house. (It will show that an editor actually has confidence in your writing and that you’re not just another delusional loon with a computer.)


The competitions listed below are either free or reasonably priced for a South African writer:

The South African Writers Circle Annual Short Story Competition – closing date 30 September 2015

(Cost: R60 per entry. This competition is open to non-members. The SAWC has competitions throughout the year for its members. Check them out at http://sawriters.org.za )

Nova short story competition – closing date 30 September 2015

(Cost: R20 once off admin fee and R20 per entry. Check them out at http://sfsa.org.za )

The Writers College International Short Story Competition – closing date 30 September 2015

(Cost: Free. Check them out at http://www.writerscollegeblog.co.za/my-writing-journey-competition )

On The Premises Magazine June Short Story Competition – closing date 5 September 2015

(Cost: Free. They also host mini-contests throughout the year and another short story competition in December. Check them out at http://www.onthepremises.com/index.html )


Isn’t it fun that all of them have a September deadline?

There are probably a few others out there that I haven’t stumbled upon yet. But for now, I think four competitions with (possibly) unlimited amount of entries are more than enough to keep anyone busy for the next couple of weeks.

Are you planning on taking part in writing competitions?

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