Entries – short story anthology

SU Woordfees

Short story competition

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Competition rules and regulations for entries:

  • Only short stories in Afrikaans will be taken into consideration.
  • The competition is open to all writers. Employees and family members of the Toyota US Woordfees are not allowed to participate.
  • Only one entry per person is allowed. The length of an admissible story is a minimum of 1 500 words, and a maximum of 3 000 words.
  • Stories must be newly penned and not have been published on any platform previously.
  • Copyright of the stories remains with the writers, but copyright of the anthology will reside with the SU Woordfees. If stories included in the anthology are also published elsewhere, the SU Woordfees must be notified in writing. The SU Woordfees must also be acknowledged in print when the story is published.
  • Judging is done anonymously. The name of the writer as well as contact details must be completed on the online application form. Only the title of the story must appear on the top of the story, not the name of the author, to ensure anonymous selection.
  • Stories must be presented in MS Word format and each page must be numbered and clearly display the title of the story. Use only the title of the story as the title of the document (file name). Please note: No PDFs will be accepted.
  • If the story contains any blatantly obvious references to the writer which will enable the reader to identify the writer, the story will be disqualified.
  • Stories will be edited before publication, with agreement of the writer.
  • The anthology will have the festival theme of the year as a title, but writers need not take this theme into consideration. The theme of the story is left entirely to the author.
  • The anthology will include a maximum of 25 stories.
  • The author of the winning story wins prize money of R30 000. The writers selected for inclusion in the anthology, will receive R5 000 each.
  • Entries received after 17:00 on 1 April 2024, will not be considered.
  • Receipt of entries will be confirmed within two working days from 1 February 2024.
Enter here for the 2024 Word Festival short story competition (closing date: 1 April 2024 17:00):
Note: Entries are open, but official acknowledgments of receipt will only be sent out from 1 February 2024.
Declaration of Authenticity: This story is my own, original work and has not been previously published on any platform.(Required)
Max. file size: 5 MB.

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The first SU Woordfees short story anthology, Bly, was published in 2016. The anthology is now an established literary institution.