“When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you.” ~George Saunders

We are looking for short stories from all over the world written in English under the theme:

The people shall…

This statement, in South Africa, begins some of the most powerful statements found in the Freedom Charter((1955. http://scnc.ukzn.ac.za/doc/HIST/freedomchart/freedomch.html)) about the rights that the people of the land have such as “the people shall govern…”

We’re looking for stories that draw inspiration from this phrase. While this phrase may be political, your story doesn’t have to be political. You may interpret it which ever way you like. We are not looking for stories that are unpredictable, that take us on a journey and capture the readers imagination. This competition is about celebrating the craft of short story writing.

The short listed stories will be published in the third volume of our annual short story anthology The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story!

The winning short story will receive R5000, and the second and third runner-up stories will receive R1500 and R500 respectively.

  • Stories must have never been published online or in print before.
  • No simultaneous submissions. Do not a submit a story that has already been submitted elsewhere.
  • We’re looking for short stories, fiction.
  • English translations of stories published in another language are welcome – please indicate if a story is a translation. List original language, publisher, author and translator.
  • Writer must be above 18 years of age.
  • Word count between 2000 – 6000 words.

Deadline: 31 May 2017, 23:59 (South African Time)

(late submissions will be disregarded)


Volume 1 of The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! is available on pre-order for R125.