We receive a lot of contributions so, please, make it as easy as possible for the editor.

  Contributions must be unpublished.

  •   If you want to submit material it would be sensible to read three or four issues to get a sense of what we publish.
  •   The preferred file types are .DOC or .DOCX. Also acceptable are .ODT, .RTF, or .TXT files.
  •   Each piece (poem, flash fiction or short story etc.) must be in a separate document. In the case of poems that are part of a set that should be published together, these should be submitted as a single document.
  •   Each document must have your name in the header or footer. If the document exceeds a page, the pages must be numbered in the header or footer.
  •   Please include a 50 word biography and your postal address.

  Please page down to the category of writing you are submitting - then press the submit button

Please provide a brief personal biography (50 words).

Remember to provide your Postal Address to which we will send your complimentary copy.

Photo optional

Contributions in all eleven official languages are welcome. The restrictions in length as specified for English, apply to African languages.

Assessment and editing of an African language contribution will probably take longer.

Verskaf asseblief 'n Persoonlike Biografie (50 woorde).

Onthou om jou Posaderes by te voeg sodat ons u komplimentere kopie kan stuur.
 

Elke dokument mag slegs EEN verhaal bevat.

Kortverhale word by uitstek tot 6 000 woorde beperk. Langer verhale sal slegs onder spesiale omstandighede toegelaat word. Langer bydraes pas moeiliker in, en mag derhalwe oorgesien word, en staan dus 'n geringer kans op publikasie.

Alhoewel ons per geleentheid uit ons pad gaan om die skrywer se voorkeure te handhaaf, kry die joernaal se behoeftes en vereistes voorkeur.

Indien u 'n buitengewone formaat of font benodig, dui dit asseblief aan, en verduidelik met 'n begeleidende brief die rede vir u vereiste.

THE NATIONAL POETRY PRIZE

NEW CONTRAST & DRIFT ESTATE WINES

The National Poetry Prize 2020 is now open for entries!

The National Poetry Prize is a new poetry competition for an unpublished poem of up to 60 lines. The competition is open to South African citizen and residents over the age of 18.

R10 000 first prize for a single poem!


PRIZES

First Prize: R10 000 

Second Prize: R3 000 

Third Prize: R1 000

Shortlist: A complimentary one-year electronic subscription to New Contrast


DEADLINE

31 December 2020


JUDGES

Saaleha Idrees Bamjee  •  Uhuru Portia Phalafala  • Meg Vandermerwe • Bruce Jack


Please read the rules carefully before entering. 

GENERAL

1. The competition is open to anyone who is a South African citizen or resident. 

2. The deadline for entries is midnight on 31 December 2020. 

3. Entrants may submit up to 6 poems each. All entries will be considered anonymously. 

4. Entries will not be returned, so please keep a copy. 

5. Under no circumstances can alterations be made to poems once entered. 

6. Online entries must be made via Submittable (accessed on our website at www.newcontrast.net) and will receive automatic confirmation at the time of submission. 

7. Telephone or email confirmation of receipt is not available. New Contrast staff are unable to confirm the content of documents submitted online. Ensure you send the correct version. 

8. The competition organisers reserve the right to change the judging panel. 

9. The judges will compile a shortlist of 10 poems that will be announced on 1 February 2021. The judges’ decision is final and neither the judges nor New Contrast or Bruce Jack Wines will enter into any correspondence. 

10. The winners will be announced by 26 February 2021. 

11. The judges will make their decisions independently without any external influence. Entries will be judged anonymously without the poets’ names. No relatives of the judges may enter the competition. 


POEMS

1. As all entries are judged anonymously, the poet’s name must not appear on the poem.

2. All poems must have a title and must not exceed 60 lines in length (excluding title). The line limit applies only to the written lines of the poem, not the lines between the stanzas. Titles, epigraphs and dedications are not counted as lines either.

3. Entrants may submit up to 6 poems (see entry fees).

4. We have no preference as to subject or style. Simply submit your best work.

5. Poems must be the entrant’s original works.

6. Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on a website or made public on social media (including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter), or broadcast or featured among the winners in another competition before 26 February 2021.

7. If your poem is accepted for publication elsewhere or wins another competition, you will need to inform us by email at business@newcontrast.net to let us know it has found another home. Refunds cannot be made for poems that are duly withdrawn.

8. The competition is only open for poems in English. Poems can, however, be submitted in any of the official languages of South Africa, provided they are accompanied by an English translation. Judging will take place based on the English translation. Any prize money awarded for a poem in translation with be shared equally between the poet and the translator.


ENTRY FEES

1. Each entrant can submit up to a maximum of six poems at the following entry fee options:

Up to 2 submitted poems: $ 3

Up to 4 submitted poems: $ 5

Up to 6 submitted poems: $ 7

2. The poems must be contained in one document. The fees are to cover administration and other costs relating to the competition and a donation to the Bruce Jack charity, the Headstart Trust.

3. Prize winners will be notified by 26 February 2021. All winners will be expected to provide a biographical note and photograph.

4. Shortlisted entrants will be notified by 1 February 2021.

5. The copyright of each poem remains with the author. However, authors of the winning poems, by entering the competition, grant New Contrast and Bruce Jack the right in perpetuity to publish and/or broadcast their poem. Use of the poems elsewhere for one year from February 2021 is subject to permission from New Contrast.

Elke dokument mag slegs een gedig bevat, tensy dit deel uitmaak van 'n stel gedigte wat op mekaar volg, of bymekaar hoort.

Alle vorms en genre van Afrikaanse poësie word aanvaar. Daar is geen beperking op die lengte van 'n gedig nie, maar hoe langer dit is, hoe moeiliker pas dit in, mag derhalwe oorgesien word, en staan dus 'n geringer kans op publikasie.

Alhoewel ons per geleentheid uit ons pad gaan om die skrywer se voorkeure te handhaaf, kry die joernaal se behoeftes en vereistes voorkeur.

Indien u 'n buitengewone formaat of font benodig, dui dit asseblief aan, en verduidelik met 'n begeleidende brief die rede vir u vereiste.

Please provide a brief personal biography (50 words).

Remember to provide your Postal Address to which we will send your complimentary copy.

All forms and genre of English language poetry are acceptable. Although the length of a poem is not restricted, longer poems are more difficult to fit and so stand a lesser chance of publication. And, although we make some effort to accommodate the author's preferences, the requirements of the journal will take priority, and format may be changed. If you require specific fonts and so on, please indicate this, explain and justify in a covering letter.

A document should not normally contain more than ONE poem, unless part of a sequence of poems.

Although the length of a short story is restricted to 5 000 words, longer short stories (and novels or novellas) may be accommodated - typically serialized over several issues of the journal. Long contributions, however, are more difficult to fit and so stand a lesser chance of publication. And, although we make some effort to accommodate the author's preferences, the requirements of the journal will take priority, and format may be changed. If you require specific fonts and so on, please indicate this, explain and justify in a covering letter.

A document should not normally contain more than one story.

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