get writing: it’s time for your True Stories

2011-08-15 00:00

STORYTELLING season officially opens today with the start of the 2011 True Stories of KwaZulu-Natal Competition.

Now in its 12th year, the competition has become a provincial institution and judges will again be looking for tales that record some of the spunk and sparkle of our region. All stories must be true and have a strong link with our province. Stories for the Open category should be no longer than 1 500 words.

The winning entry will receive the grand prize of R10 000 and the runner-up will receive R3 000.

In our Snapshot category, we will award R3 000 for the best tale written in under 800 words.

Popular demand saw the schools category re-introduced, with a prize of R3 000 for the best story, told in under 800 words. The closing date for the 2011 True Story Competition is September 14.

Rules: State clearly what category you are entering — Open or Snapshot. Stories may be submitted via e-mail or post. Send your entries to: The Witness True Stories of KwaZulu-Natal Competition, P.O. Box 362, Pietermaritzburg, 3200, or e-mail it to: features@witness.co.za. Do not enclose visuals. If you send an e-mail attachment, please include your contact details in the same document as the story, not just in the e-mail message field. Be sure of your entry before you send it — “improved” versions won’t be accepted. Editing is at the discretion of The Witness. Manuscripts will not be returned. The competition is not open to full-time employees of The Witness.

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