Writing Competitions

Writing Competitions

Tiny Tales 2017 – The World’s Tiniest Book-To-Movie Deal

The delightful Hendrick’s Gin invites all budding curiously minded writing extraordinaires to participate in the world’s smallest book-to-movie deal, otherwise known as the HENDRICK’S TINY TALES CONTEST. This writing contest is open to anyone and everyone who deem him or herself unusually inclined in their thinking. If you are able to string a sentence together, you are eligible to enter and are encouraged to partake in our latest monumental yet minuscule idea inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s famous short story, ‘For Sale. Baby Shoes. Never Worn’. The TINY TALES CONTEST is set to showcase creativity by morphing the mind’s reveries into peculiar works of art.

The rules are quite simple, or perhaps, the rule is simple, as there is only one: write a story in three sentences or less. Enliven your creativity with the below tips:

  1. Be as bold, unrestrained and odd as you have it in you to be.
  2. Do not worry about being too unusual.
  3. Enjoy yourself. If you are smiling or chortling as you’re writing, you are almost certainly on the right path.

The 2017 Tiny Tales campaign follows the successful 2016 campaign. Hendrick’s Gin’s panel of tiny story experts (‘tiny’ referring to the stories, not the experts) will select four winning stories throughout the competition, each of which shall be sent to the animation laboratories. There they will be produced as an animated film to be debuted on the internet with great fanfare and panache.

Entries can be submitted from September 1st, until October 11th, 2017.

Good luck to all auspicious creatives!

Four winners will be selected. Each winning entry will be sent to the animation laboratory. There they will be produced as an animated film to be launched on the Internet with great fanfare and panache. 

Entrants can send their stories to the following platforms; also add the stories to the comment section on Facebook and Instagram posts. 

Email entries to Timishka Doolabh at Lion’s Wing Brand Communications (South Africa) on timishka@lionswing.co.za

View their Web site: www.lionswing.co.za
Tel + 27 (0)11 888 9816  Mob + 27 (0)79 303 8352  Fax + 27 (0)86 545 1649

About Hendrick’s Gin

Hendrick’s is a deliciously super premium gin, made with a number of unusual twists to deliver a most curious arrangement. Hendrick’s combines a distinct blend of eleven botanicals, as well as the signature infusions of cucumber and rose petals, producing a wonderfully refreshing gin with a delightfully unique aroma.  Hand crafted in Scotland in miniscule batches by William Grant & Sons, Hendrick’s is the only gin that uses a marriage of spirits from both a Carter-Head and Copper Pot Still, creating a divinely smooth gin that has both the required character and balance of subtle flavors.

About William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons Holdings Ltd is an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1887. Today, the global premium spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distils some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world’s most awarded single malt Glenfiddich®, The Balvenie® range of handcrafted single malts and the world’s third largest blended Scotch, Grant’s®, as well as other iconic spirits brands such as Hendrick’s® Gin, Sailor Jerry®, Tullamore D.E.W.® Irish Whiskey, Monkey Shoulder® triple malt whisky and Drambuie®.

Submissions Call for Manatee Books

Submissions deadline: Open

Manatee Books are committed to publishing only the very best stories out there. We are looking for fresh, exciting new talent and are accepting submissions for the following genres:


  • Romantic Comedy

  • Chick Lit

  • Historical Romance

  • Sagas/Family Dramas

  • Romance


  • Thrillers

  • Psychological Suspense/Domestic Noir

  • Action Thrillers

  • Police Procedurals/Detective Novels

  • Mystery

  • Speculative Crime

All submissions are accepted electronically via email, and should include;     

·       The first 20 pages of the manuscript (normal font, 12 point and double spaced) 

·       A synopsis of your work (no more than 1500 words)

·       A cover letter telling us about you and your writing career to date.

Please send all of the above as email attachments in either Word or PDF format to  submissions@manateebooks.co.uk We do read every submission that we receive, and aim to get back to you within 4-6 weeks. Please be aware that we do receive hundreds of submissions, and this response time is only a guide. After 6 weeks, if you have not had a response please do contact us.

About Manatee Books: Manatee Books was set up in 2017, by best-selling author Lisa Hall in conjunction with blogger turned freelance publishing guru Liz Barnsley.  Our aim is to bring top quality fiction to the digital market. We are a small outfit, intent on publishing only the best of crime and women’s fiction. Our focus is on building the author brand, ensuring that all of our authors receive bestseller treatment through a strong marketing strategy and the knowledge that the Manatee Books team are there to support them through the entire publication journey.


ANFASA, the Academic and Non-Fiction Authors’ Association of South Africa, announces the next round of the grant scheme to benefit authors of academic and general non-fiction works. What is a “general non-fiction work”? Just as an example, it could be a biography or an autobiography; the history of a town or a region or a religion; a book about music or sport or theatre; a political or social analysis; an account of everyday life in a township; a book about nursing, or cooking, or fashion, or marine biology; alternative or traditional medicines; or cars – these are just a few of the many topics supported by the ANFASA grant scheme in the past.

If you are currently working on a scholarly or general non-fiction work, you are eligible to apply. However, although we accept applications from authors whether or not they are members of ANFASA, only ANFASA members may actually receive an award. The grants are intended to provide a sum of around R20 000 to R25 000, to be utilized by the author to “buy time” – for instance to take leave to focus on writing the manuscript, or travel in order to conduct research. While the grants are intended to cover costs for research and writing, the funds do not cover the cost of publishing the manuscript.

An independent committee will assess the applications and select the most deserving. The selection committee aims to offer awards to a wide-ranging group of authors and subjects, and the selection process will respect the need to treat new and experienced authors equally. The committee will also take into consideration works by authors whether they reside in rural or urban locations; and to consider authors at all levels of education from the untutored to those with academic qualifications.

The ANFASA grant scheme especially encourages writing by new authors. Applications for books written in all the official languages will be equally considered. Go to http://www.anfasa.org.za/anfasa-grant-scheme-for-authors-agsa-application-form-for-a-grant/ to apply online or send an e-mail to info@anfasa.org.za. The closing date for applications is 30 September 2017, and the successful applications will be announced in December. For media queries, interview requests and to access high resolution pictures contact JT Comms on info@jtcomms.co.za or 011 788 7632.

Issued by JT Communication Solutions on behalf of  (The Academic and Non-Fiction Authors’ Association of South Africa (ANFASA)



Imagnary House is a boutique publishing house for children’s books and young adult literature in Cape Town, South Africa.
Imagnary House is focused on building a larger market for African children’s authors and illustrators by both igniting the local readership and engaging with international readers, rights’ and literary agents.

Imagnary House is opening their submissions, and are looking to build up their publication list for the next 2 years. What are they looking for? They love stories that are fun and imaginative, but also address current societal issues for children. They want simple stories that mean something and can feed positively into our children’s futures. However, they don’t like didactic or educational texts, and lean towards manuscripts that are diverse and
can travel across different cultures and countries. Imagnary House will consider submissions in the following genres:
• Children’s long form fiction (think Roald Dahl and CS Lewis narratives)
• Young-adult science-fiction, fantasy, or alternative-reality novels
• Comic books and graphic novels
Writers and illustrators can submit their work on Imagnary House’s submissions page.


The Science Fiction and Fantasy Club [South Africa] is running its annual short story competition.

It must be in English, and be Science Fiction or Fantasy.

Word length 2000 to 8000.

Closing date is 30th September 2017 (don’t leave it too late).

Prizes are R2 000, R1 000, and R500.

For more details contact the organizer Gavin Kreuiter on 084-830-0608, or check their website, WWW.SFSA.org.za, and look under Nova.

Happy writing!




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