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Call for entries: Young Writers Competition, 18th March 2015, Part of the 6th annual Knysna literary Festival

Part of the the 6th annual Knysna Literary Festival, presented by Pam Golding Properties Knysna, entries are open for the Young Writers’ Competition. Growing in popularity, the competition attracted a record number of nearly 200 entries in 2014 from the students of Knysna, including Sedgefield and Karatara, and Plettenberg Bay.

Under the title ‘Let your Imagination Take Flight’, the Young Writers’ Competition challenges learners to submit a poem or write a short story. Entries may be written in English, Afrikaans or isiXhosa. The competition will be judged by a panel of local teachers across two categories:

Junior Learners (6-12 yrs) POEM Write a poem based on ONE of the following subjects:

  • Peace
  • My Song
  • Home Grown
  • The Champion
  • You're only given a little spark of madness…

Senior Learners (13 yrs - Matric) SHORT STORY Write a short story based on ONE of the following subjects:

  • Lost
  • Growing Pains
  • Captain, my Captain
  • One Chance
  • You're only given a little spark of madness…

Entries close 20 February 2015. The winners will be announced on 18 March at Knysna Primary School Hall at 13h30-14h30 when the first prize winner will receive a Canon Camera IXUS 132 Bundle (valued at R1000), while the second winner will receive a Phillips Go Gear MP3 Player (valued at R500).

Competition rules:

  • Your name and age must be clearly written on your entry form and entry
  • The poem or short story should show your creativity and technical excellence with the language and respect for the theme. The work must be original and written only by you.
  • Entry form and entry must be handed in on A4 size paper. No faxes, CD’s or emails will be accepted. Entries must be sent to or dropped off at the Knysna Pam Golding Property Office, 34 Main Road, Knysna. Entrants must keep copies of their work. Entries, will not be returned.
  • Only one entry per person is allowed.
  • Closing date for submissions: 20 February 2015
  • All winning entries will be published by The Knysna Literary Festival. By entering, you agree to this condition.
  • A panel of judges will select the finalists from each category. The winners will be announced on 18 March at Knysna Primary School Hall, 13h30-14h30. The judges’ decision is final.

Entry forms are available at all regional schools. To request a form, or for more information, contact the Pam Golding Properties Knysna office at 044 382 5574. To learn more about the Knysna Literary Festival visit

About the Knysna Literary Festival
The Knysna Literary Festival takes place from 18-22 March and annually attracts thousands of literary enthusiasts to take part in its unique literary “experience” including the sell-out Delicious Word Journey and appearances by the likes of Zapiro, PJ Powers, Mandy Weiner, and Prof. Jonathan Jansen, among many others. The diverse programme includes small-group workshops, larger-group presentations, informal chats with authors and the opportunity to experience some of Knysna’s most exclusive private properties with a dash of cuisine. Ticket prices vary by event. For more information, including the full programme, visit

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