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13th Time of the Writer Festival 9 – 13 March: Short Story Competition for Learners

The Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) will host the 13th Time of the Writer, international writers’ festival from 9 to 13th March 2010. The festival will bring a host of local and African authors, offering a valuable opportunity for the public to gain insight into the creative processes and perspectives which inform their writing.

Evening readings, book launches and discussions will take place at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban. Wide-reaching day activities, including school visits, are spread across Durban and surrounding areas as part of the festival’s ongoing effort to promote and nurture a culture of reading, writing and creative expression, particularly among the youth.

Time of the Writer invites learners to submit material for the short story writing competition to be held in conjunction with the festival. Learners are invited to engage creatively with a theme of their choice. Please make your submissions by no later than WEDNESDAY, 17 FEBRUARY and our judges will then make the final selection. Please note that entries must be fictional stories and not critical essays. A maximum of 5 pages (preferably typed) are to be written in either English, Zulu or Afrikaans. Illegible entries will not be considered.

Winners will be awarded cash prizes and given complimentary tickets to attend the festival, where they will be handed their prizes. If you are a learner and would like to be involved in this competition – submit your stories, together with your school’s name, teacher’s name, and your school telephone number to the Centre for Creative Arts. Entries may be hand delivered to the Centre, e-mailed to, faxed to 031 260 3074 or posted to


For more information on the festival or the competition, please contact the Centre for Creative Arts on 031 260 2506/1704 or email or visit our website:

Time of the Writer 2010 is supported by the Department of Arts and Culture, the French Institute of South Africa, Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation (HIVOS), City of Durban, Adams Campus Books, Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre and the University of KwaZulu-Natal.


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