The 355 #HerLegacyLivesOn Writing Challenge

The 355, featuring Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger and Sebastian Stan, is an action/spy flick coming to cinemas in January 2022.

“When a top-secret weapon falls into mercenary hands, a wild card CIA agent (Jessica Chastain) joins forces with three international agents on a lethal mission to retrieve it, while staying a step ahead of a mysterious woman who is tracking their every move.”

To celebrate the release of this major blockbuster, TeamFinity has teamed up with The South African Writers College for a special short story and poetry competition.


The Theme

The 355 is a celebration of powerful and diverse women with a mission! The film’s title references agent 355, which was the code name of an unidentified female spy who fought during the American revolution.

Your challenge is to write a 350-word short story, or a poem, based on the theme: 


The theme of this competition aims to celebrate all those powerful women who have shaped our own lives.



First prize: R5000 cash

Second prize: R3000 cash

Third prize: R1500 cash


How to enter

  • Write a story or poem of between 250 and 350 words, inspired by the theme “Her Legacy Lives On”.
  • Poems may be shorter than 350 words, but not longer.
  • Submit your entry to
  • Deadline for entries: Midnight on 31 January 2022.
  • All entries must be original stories that have not been published before.
  • By submitting an entry, you agree that TeamFinity may publish your poem or short story on their website or social media pages.
  • Fanfiction about the film or any of its characters will be accepted.