Skryfnet writing competition

skryfnetWriting Competition for primary school children


-To encourage the primary school children of South Africa to read and write


-To recruit as many primary school children as possible in South Africa to write a story

-The story can be either fiction or non fiction

-The story should not be less than half of an A4 page and not more than two (2) A4 pages (1000 words)

-The story can be either in English, Zulu, Sotho or Afrikaans

-To partner with judges, these include retired teachers, lecturers, authors and post graduate students, that will go through the stories and select the winner in each language category

-The winner in each language will be invited to read the story live on radio

-The winning stories will be published on national newspapers and websites

-Book vouchers to be awarded to the winners

-Eventually publish a book with a collection of short stories from the writers. The booklet to be distributed to the public libraries and primary schools of the country


Annual writing competition for primary school children

-Improve the standards of writing in different languages

-Form a long term relationship with media partners to promote and encourage children to read and write

-Partner with corporate sponsors to offer incentives such as book vouchers or stationery hampers for the winners

-Hopefully increase the interest in writing and reading in children throughout South Africa

-Grow the competition to be part of a literary festival

Competition Prize Draw Rules

1. Entry to the competitions is restricted to one entry per person please.

2. Multiple entries will be disqualified.
3. Automated entries, bulk entries or third party entries will be disqualified!
4. Competitions are open to all primary school children in South Africa only unless otherwise stated.
5.The competition is not open to the immediate families of the organizer, judges, sponsors or media partners.
6. Prizes can only be sent to a valid South Africa address unless otherwise stated.
7. Winners will be chosen at random from all valid entries.
8. Winners will be contacted via email or telephone names displayed on our website.
9. The Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to.
10. The competition will run from [start date] until [closing date].
11. The competition is compliant with the data protection act. Our policy is such that we will not pass on your details to any third party without your prior consent.

Competition Entry Form

About Owen Msimango

My name is Owen Msimango I am 41 years old and I am originally from Orlando East, Soweto. I studied Bachelor of Dental Science at the University of Witwatersrand. I worked briefly in both private practice and in the public clinics in Johannesburg before I accepted a job offer in the United Kingdom. I currently live in Derby, United Kingdom where I am practicing as a dentist. I have recently acquired an MSc in Primary Dental Care from the University of Glasgow and also have a postgraduate diploma in Healthcare Informatics from the University of Sheffield. I have an interest in Paediatric dentistry teaching and research. I plan to return to South Africa in the future to pursue my interests.

Other interests include performing arts and culture, taking part in sport especially running, tennis, swimming and cycling. I am fond of cheese making, I often visit artisan cheese makers and help out in making cheese. I am also a member of the Specialist Cheesemakers Association based in London.

I am currently running a project where I take part in outdoor activities such hill climbing, cycling challenges etc to collect reading books, sport equipment and music equipment for St John Berchman School in Orlando East. I recently started getting reading books for Bernard Isaacs School in Coronationville. I am also currently planning and organising a national writing competition for primary school children in South Africa. The inaugural Skrynet writing competition was held this year in Centurion and Somerset West.

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