STORYTELLING season is open!

2011-08-16 00:00

Now in its 12th year, the True Stories of KwaZulu-Natal 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.

The schools category has been re-introduced due to a growth in entries from schoolchildren, and the prize for the best story, told in under 800 words, will also be R3 000.

The closing date for the 2011 True Story Competition is September 14.


• 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

• 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.

Huge cash prizes to be won in True Stories Competition

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