Making Your Book Awesome: An Expert Talk with Dr. Kyle McCord

You're invited to a special free 30-minute talk and Q&A with the award-winning author and Director of Acquisitions at Atmosphere Press, Dr. Kyle McCord, on the 26th of June 2024 at 07:00 PM. This is your opportunity to learn how to craft a book readers can’t put down, and how to see that book from raw manuscript to well-designed beauty in the hands of your readers.

ATKV-DigiSkryf 2024

Sluitingsdatum: 27 Junie 2024


Of jy jou bevind in ’n snikhete Upington, die Eiffeltoring bewonder in die Franse hoofstad, die Vrystaatse stof inasem of smul aan pasta van ’n Italiaanse “mama” – as jy lief is vir Afrikaans en skryf, dan is ATKV-DigiSkryf net vir jou.

Flash Fiction Competition

Submission deadline: 30 June 2024


The Flash Fiction Competition is hosted by Flash 500! When it comes to prizes, it often seems as though flash fiction is the poor relation of writing competitions. This, however, is a flash fiction competition where the prize money truly reflects the skill required to encapsulate an entire story in just 500 words.


Sluitingsdatum: 30 Junie 2024


RSG, in samewerking met die ATKV, is verheug om die bekendstelling van die RSG Radiodramaskryfkompetisie aan te kondig.

My Writing Journey Essay Competition

Submission deadline: 30 June 2024


The My Writing Journey Competition is a 600-word essay competition on the theme: The best writing tip I’ve ever received. It is free to enter and open to writers from around the world.

The Fountain Essay Contest 2024

Submission deadline: 30 June 2024


The Fountain invites writers to write an essay between 1 500 and 2 500 words that explores the question of "Where is home?" The more concise your essay, the more acceptable it is. Its authenticity and uniqueness, and how elaborately you put your theme into words so that others are inspired from it.

North Street Book Prize

Submission deadline: 1 July 2024


Welcome to the 10th year North Street Book Prize. Your self-published or hybrid-published book can win up tot $ 10 000 plus expert marketing services.

Teksmark 2024

Sluitingsdatum: 1 Julie 2024


Die verhoog is slaggereed om aan jou verbeelding, unieke stories, intriges, kinkels en onvergeetlike karakters vlerke te gee by die negende Teksmark, wat van 29 en 30 Augustus in die Baxter-teatersentrum in Kaapstad aangebied word en die tweede Teksmark Joburg op 24 en 25 Oktober.

Aanlyn kursus oor die skryf van teaterresensies

Sluitingsdatum: 1 Julie 2024


PEN Afrikaans se aanlyn kursusse het al ’n instelling op hul jaarprogram geword en vanjaar bied hulle in samewerking met die Nasionale Afrikaanse Teaterinisiatief (NATi) ’n aanlyn kursus oor die resensering van teaterproduksies aan. Op Saterdag 27 Julie kan belangstellendes inskakel vir dié aanlyn resensiekursus wat deur die kundige en ervare vryskut kunsjoernalis, Diane de Beer, aangebied sal word.

Book Dash Jozi Application

Application deadline: 3 July 2024


On a single Book Dash day, teams of volunteer creatives work fast to make beautiful African children’s books that anyone can freely access, print and distribute. All their books are made in 12-hour sprints. Each team consists of a writer, an illustrator, a designer and an editor. Expert Book Dash facilitators will be around to keep you on track, and help you finish your book.

The annual Hastings Book Festival Competition 2024

Submission deadline: 7 July 2024


Hastings Book Festival is thrilled to announce that entries for their annual Hastings Book Festival Competitions are now open! The main Fiction and Poetry contests will each be awarded a cash prize of £250 for first place, £100 for second place and £50 for third place, respectively. An overall Long List and Short List will also be announced ahead of our annual festival.

The HG Wells Short Story Competition

Submission deadline: 8 July 2024


The annual HG Wells Fiction Short Story Competition offers a £500 Senior and £1 000 Junior prize and free publication of all shortlisted entries in a quality, professionally published paperback anthology.

A Novel Writing Workshop with John Bemis

Application deadline: 7 July 2024


During the course, John will help you develop your plot structure, including your big picture plotting, as well as the individual “beats” of your plot. He’ll even help you hone a scene in your novel – so you can be sure you’re keeping readers deeply engaged in your book.

Ons Klyntji zine 2024 call for submissions

Submission deadline: 14 July 2024


Ons Klyntji zine is an A6, 152-page, black-and-white print publication celebrating South African and African creativity. They mostly publish poems, but also short stories, cartoons, photographs, etc.

Rattle Poetry Prize 2024

Submission deadline: 15 July 2024


The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $15 000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine.

Submissions for ‘A Black Cat Anthology’ are open

Submission deadline: 15 July 2024


Submissions to 'A Black Cat Anthology' are now open. Submit your short story or poem to be part of Black Cat Publishing's issue, Black Cat Tales. Successful submissions will receive $50 for a story and $25 for a poem.

The Otto Foundation Children’s Book Award

Nominations close on 31 July 2024


The Otto Foundation Children’s Book Award was conceived with the aim to support local publishers, promote new authors and illustrators, and to recognize quality storytelling. The goal is also to celebrate South African stories and promote diversity in children’s literature.

Inspiring Fiction’s Special Edition Short Story Contest

Submission deadline: 31 July 2024


Inspiring Fiction invites you to explore the theme of freedom through the genres of crime, speculative, and fantasy fiction. The winner and shortlisted entries will be published in their special bumper issue coming out this autumn. The winner of each contest is awarded £100.

Fiction Factory: Short Story Competition

Submission deadline: 31 July 2024


Fiction Factory invites writers across the world to participate in their short story competition. All types of short stories are welcome (excluding Children’s and Young Adult Fiction). There is no minimum word count but stories must not exceed 3 000 words.

The Forge Writing Program for Fall 2024

Application deadline: 15 August 2024


The Forge's mission is to guide writers through a rigorous 10-month online creative writing program. In bi-weekly meetings and through individual mentorships, they'll stock you with craft know-how, revision skills, and writerly habits so you can forge your own literary works.

Oude Leeskamer: Skrywersresidensie | Writers’ residency

Application deadline: 1 March 2024 & 16 August 2024


The Jakes Gerwel Foundation and Oude Leeskamer in Stellenbosch offer an extraordinary writing opportunity for two writers to each spend two weeks in this historical Boland town.

SA Writers College Short Story Competition 2024

Submission deadline: 30 September 2024


The annual Writers College Short Story Competition is held to acknowledge excellence in creative writing in the short story form. The competition is open to any writer who is unpublished, or has been published fewer than four times.

Flash 500’s Novel Opening and Synopsis Competition

Submission deadline: 31 October 2024


Have you started, or completed, a novel with strong, credible characters and a page turning plot? Can you put together a compelling synopsis? Yes? Then why not enter Flash 500's Novel Opening competition?

Kyk hoe ver het ons gekom: ’n gedigte- en kortverhaalkompetisie

Sluitingsdatum: 8 Januarie 2025


Kortverhaal- en gedigskeppers word derhalwe uitgenooi om die “Kyk hoe ver het ons gekom”-gedagte met eiesoortige invulling en in eie Afrikaanse woordeskat vas te vang. Dus: Dié breë tematiek kan vanuit enige invalshoek en met benutting van watter tongval(le) van Afrikaans ook al toepaslik is, benader word.