Got an opinion? Be bold and get it published in True Stories 2012

2012-07-31 00:00

Got an opinion? Be bold and get it published in True Stories 2012

GOT an opinion? Get it published! Be bold, forward-looking and innovative. Today we launch the 13th annual True Stories of KwaZulu-Natal competition and this year, along with the usual categories for storytellers, we’re introducing a new section for social commentators.

For the last 12 years the competition’s defining feature has been that all entries should be true and have a strong link with our province.

In the new Opinion category, we’re looking for an original, crisply written, thought-provoking point of view that fits this brief.

The subject should bring something new to the discussion about how we are living and where we should be going as a society.

Articles should not be longer than 900 words and the winning entry will take home R3 000.

In the Open category the word limit for stories is 1 500 words, with the winning entry bagging the grand prize of R10 000 and the runner-up receiving R3 000.

In our Snapshot and Schools categories, we will award R3 000 each for the best tale written in under 800 words.

The closing date for the competition is August 31, 2012.


• State clearly what category you are entering — Open, Snapshot, Schools or Opinion;

• 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 features@;

• Do not enclose visuals;

• If you send an e-mail attachment, 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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