It’s not everyone that can actually write. You just have to take a glance at the poorly worded drivel that is pushed out online and in some of our major South Africa publications to know that now more than ever, far more effort to find good writers needs to be made.
In response to the underwhelming content being produced locally, ELLE magazine has launched its first-ever fiction-writing competition, offering readers the opportunity to win an online writing course, get their short stories published in the magazine and launch their creative writing career.
ELLE editor, Jackie Burger says,
“For ELLE readers, being well-read is just as important as being well-dressed. Our readers often say they would love to write for ELLE – and this competition gives them the opportunity to express themselves in words with the same creativity they bring to expressing themselves through what they wear.”
The short story competition is being held in association with the largest general trade publisher in southern Africa – Random House Struik (RHS) and GetSmarter. To enter, readers must submit an original short story between 900 and 1500 words long. The winner will be selected by award-winning South African author, Mike Nicol and the winning story will be published in ELLE Magazine. The winner will also be guided and mentored by Mike Nicol on fiction and non-fiction writing techniques.
At stake is the Random House Struik Creative Writing course presented by online education company GetSmarter and convened by Nicol. Aspirant writers who complete this 10-week part-time writing course have the chance to submit work for consideration by eKhaya, an imprint of RHS. Entries must be in a word document and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The competition closes on 20 May 2012 and if you’d like some more information about the competition go to www.elle.co.za