The “Short Sharp Stories Award” for South African short-story fiction is made each year by the National Arts Festival. An anthology of selected stories is published annually and the theme set for writers differs from year to year. See the anthologies for previous competitions here.

Entries are now open for the 2017 Competition and its themed around TRADE SECRETS.  This spin on ‘trade secrets’ will make for good stories. Whether crime or comedy, they are looking for stories with strong narrative drive, believable characters, and settings that reflect the true South African experience.


The award curated by @JoanneHichens aims to encourage, support, and showcase established and emerging South African writing talent.

Click here for rules on how to enter.

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