2017-SA-SSCOMP
SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED | WINNERS ANNOUNCED 31 MAY

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The Winners
 


Congratulations to our top-placed winners in the 2017 SA Writers College Short Story Competition.
These stories stood out for their sophisticated, unique voice, as well as thought-provoking, captivating story-telling. Excellent job!

 

 

FIRST PLACE: ‘Title' - by Author

RUNNER-UP: ‘Title’ - by Author

THIRD PLACE: 'Title' - by Author

 

Fourth place is awarded to Author for ‘Title’, and fifth place goes to ‘Title’ by Author.

 

Read the judges' comments and the top three stories below the results lists.
 


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Highest Honours

 


Congratulations to our winners of the Highest Honours Award. These stories narrowly missed being winners. These stories were beautifully written, with a special sparkle.
 

‘Title’ – by Author

‘Title’ – by Author
‘Title’ – by Author
‘Title’ – by Author
‘Title’ – by Author

SAWC 2017 Short Story Writing Competition Highest Honours

 

 

 

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Honours

 


These were well-written stories with great plotlines and solid characters. Well done.
 

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‘Title’ – by Author
‘Title’ – by Author
‘Title’ – by Author
‘Title’ – by Author
‘Title’ – by Author
‘Title’ – by Author
‘Title’ – by Author
‘Title’ – by Author
‘Title’ – by Author
‘Title’ – by Author
‘Title’ – by Author
‘Title’ – by Author

SAWC 2017 Short Story Writing Competition Honours



 

 

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Honourable Mention


These stories held our attention and were enjoyable to read.

 

  • ‘Title’ – by Author
  • ‘Title’ – by Author
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  • ‘Title’ – by Author
  • ‘Title’ – by Author
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  • ‘Title’ – by Author
  • ‘Title’ – by Author
  • ‘Title’ – by Author
  • ‘Title’ – by Author
SAWC 2017 Short Story Writing Competition Honourable Mention

      More Stories We Loved

 
Because we received over 670 entries this year, we thought it fair to publish a longer ‘More Stories We Loved’ list. This list acknowledges that the writing shows potential; great writing is about polished skills, and pushing boundaries with words, characters and structure. Next year we'd like to see these authors climbing up the results ladder.

 
 

‘Title’ – by Author; ‘Title’ – by Author; ‘Title’ – by Author; ‘Title’ – by Author; ‘Title’ – by Author; ‘Title’ – by Author; ‘Title’ – by Author; ‘Title’ – by Author; ‘Title’ – by Author; ‘Title’ – by Author; ‘Title’ – by Author; ‘Title’ – by Author; ‘Title’ – by Author; ‘Title’ – by Author; ‘Title’ – by Author; ‘Title’ – by Author;


Keep up the great writing! We look forward to hearing from you again next year for our SA Writers College competition closing 30 April 2018.


The judges’ ratings and comments for the top three stories
 

A huge thank you to our judges this year: Ginny Swart, Alexandra Smith, Andrew Salomon, Karen Jeynes , Fiona Ingram and Maya Fowler.

 

First Place


 

'Story Title'

by Author

 
SAWC 2017 Short Story Writing Competition Winner
Readability: Does it hold your attention? /30
Originality /30
Flow (Does the reader move smoothly through the story from point to point?) 19/30
Characterization 25/30
Imagery and use of language 25/30
Overall gut response to story 23/30

TOTAL 141/180

 

Judges’ comments
 
  • . Ginny
  • . Alex
  • . Andrew
  • . Karen
  • . Fiona
  • . Maya
 
 

Runner Up


 

 

'Story Title'

by Author

 
SAWC 2017 Short Story Writing Competition Runner up
Readability: Does it hold your attention? 24/30
Originality 24/30
Flow (Does the reader move smoothly through the story from point to point?) 21/30
Characterization 24/30
Imagery and use of language 26/30
Overall gut response to story 21/30

TOTAL 140/180

 

Judges’ comments
 
  • . Ginny
  • . Alex
  • . Andrew
  • . Karen
  • . Fiona
  • . Maya
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Third Place


 

 

'Story Title'

by Author

 

 
SAWC 2017 Short Story Writing Competition 3rd Place
Readability: Does it hold your attention? 23/30
 
Originality 23/30
Flow (Does the reader move smoothly through the story from point to point?) 22/30
Characterization 24/30
Imagery and use of language 24/30
Overall gut response to story 23/30

TOTAL 139/180

 

Judges’ comments
 
  • . Ginny
  • . Alex
  • . Andrew
  • . Karen
  • . Fiona
  • . Maya
 

 
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