Friday, November 28, 2008

Do you write books for children? Here is a contest for you!

Rules: Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature 2009


1. The competition is presented in six categories: Afrikaans,

English, Nguni languages, Sotho languages, Tshivenda

and Xitsonga.

2. There are two prizes in each category:

Gold prize: R12 000

Silver prize: R 6 000

3. Requirements: A story in which humour plays a role. It

should be suitable for young readers (somewhere

between 12 and 18 years). Length: 25 000 to 45 000


4. Tafelberg undertakes to publish the winning entries and

reserves the first option to publish any of the other


5. While under consideration entries may not be submitted

for publication elsewhere until the publishers have

confirmed in writing that the manuscript has been turned

down for publication.

6. The judges reserve the right to withhold one or more of

the prizes should the quality of the entries not be up to


7. The competition is open only to citizens of South Africa,

Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland.

8. Entries should be typed or printed out on A4 paper,

with double spacing and broad margins, on one side of

the paper only, and clearly numbered. Do not bind. The

organisers cannot accept e-mail entries.

9. As entries are judged anonymously, writers are

requested to ensure that their names appear only on the

title page of the entry and nowhere else.

10. Each entry must be accompanied by a signed entry

form or a copy thereof.

11. Entries may not be submitted under a pseudonym.

12. Entrants are requested to keep copies of their entries.

The organisers cannot accept final responsibility should

an entry go astray.

13. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence

will be entered into.

14. Closing date: 30 June 2009.

15. Enquiries: Danita van Romburgh, PO Box 879, Cape

Town 8000

telephone: (021) 406-3412

fax: (021) 406-3812


For more information and entry form go here.


Posted by Lauri Kubuitsile

WABO Vice Chair

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