SA Writers' College | 2014 Short Story Competition



2014 Annual Short Story Award


For Emerging Writers in South Africa

Congratulations to our shortlisted writers for the 2104 SAWC Short Story Competition. Well done to our entrants for setting a superb standard this year.

We’re excited to present the following 25 stories as our top stories for both categories (literary and popular fiction), listed in no particular order.
‘The Gift’ – by Duncan Aird
‘Lifesaver’ – by Catherine Jarvis
‘Mum’s the Word’ – by Carla Lever
‘One Good Turn’ – by Nick Legg
‘Under the Spitting Buck Tree’ – by Ramona Chetty
‘The Feeding Association’ – by Chelsea Haith
‘Give and Take’ – by Ian Sutherland
‘Nkandla’ – by Keith Holland
‘Quantum Entanglement’ – by Tom Szendrei
‘Burnout’ – by Fiona Coward
‘The First Time’ – by Mike Forde
‘Learning to Fly’ – by Willemien Jansen
‘Givers and Takers’ – by Roger Stonehouse
‘The Cycle’ – by Erika Frouws
‘Marjorie’s Dead’ – by Andrew Verster
‘On the Way Home’ – by Natisha Parsons
‘That Morning Sunrise’ – by Darrel Hofland
‘Shattered Puzzles’ - by Sumayya Soni
‘Midnight’ - by Brandel Maneveld
‘No Boundaries’ - by Khethiwe Dlamini
‘Story Time’ - by Irene Hazi
 ‘My Uncle Daniel’ - by Kamo Mamabolo
‘Death and Sandwiches’ - by Gina Kukard
‘That Night’ - by Melita Vurden
‘Givers and Takers’ - by Malini Mohana
Visit this page on 30 April 2014 to see the winning stories for both categories, as well as the Honours and Merit Awards List.
  • First Prize (Literary Category): R 5 000.00
  • First Prize (Popular Fiction Category): R 5000.00
  • Second Prize (Literary Category): R 1500.00
  • Second Prize (Popular Fiction Category): R 1500.00

The top three entries in each category will be published on our college site, with editorial comments on their submitted works.


  • Entry is limited to South African residents only.
  • Entrants must submit a story of maximum word count 2000 words, on the theme provided. Any entries exceeding the word count by 50 words will not be considered.
  • We aim to support and acknowledge beginner writers, so we only accept stories from writers who are unpublished, or who have been published fewer than four times in any genre, both print and digital, in any publication (for payment or otherwise). This does not include articles for community or work newsletters where the circulation is under 1000.
  • Stories must not have been previously published. Entrants must own full copyright to the story submitted.
  • Only one story per entrant is allowed.
  • Only e-mail submissions are acceptable, with stories attached as Word Documents. Mark your entry clearly with the subject line: SAWC Annual Short Story Competition, and submit according to rules below.
  • If you have not received an acknowledgement of your submission within three days, please re-send your entry.
  • All submissions must be sent to Nichola Meyer at SA Writers' College: [email protected]



  • Your first page of your Word document must include the story title, your name, email address, and total number of words of the entry. Include whether you are entering your story into the Literary Category, the  Popular Fiction Category, or both. The judges reserve the right to change the submitted category as is appropriate.
  • Do not include your name on any page of your story, except the title page. All entries will be judged blind.

Archives View our Archived Competition Entries Here


THE JUDGES: Our panel of judges for 2014 are the award-winning writers Maya Fowler, Andrew Salomon, Alex Smith, Karen Jeynes and Fiona Ingram.

Maya-lb Maya Fowler

Andrew-Salomon-lb Andrew Salomon

Alex Smith letterbox Alex Smith

Karen Jeynes letterbox Karen Jeynes

Fiona-Ingram-lb Fiona Ingram



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  • The competition is open to anyone living in South Africa over the age of 16 (as of 31 March 2014).
  • The competition closes at midnight on 31 March 2014, and winners will be announced and displayed on our web site by 30 April 2014.
  • Prizewinners will be notified via email as well as on our web site; please ensure you supply a valid email address with your entry.
  • Prize money will be paid via electronic transfer.
  • We only accept entries written in English.
  • Entrant must own full copyright of the piece.
  • Writers retain copyright, but give permission for their work to be displayed on our website.
  • The judges' decision is final; no disputes will be entered into.
  • If your entry has not been acknowledged within 72 hours, please contact us. Your mail may have got lost in transit.
  • SA Writers’ College reserves the right to extend the competition deadline, or cancel the competition should the entries not be of publishable quality or up to the required standard.
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