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BTA/ ANGLO PLATINUM SHORT STORY (article first published : 2007-06-13)

The BTA/Anglo Platinum Short Story Competition is now in its 13th year. The competition attracts entrants from all over Southern Africa, and is one of the most entered writing competitions in the world. The prize money for the competition, totalling R65,000 (with R25,000 for first prize), is among the highest for any short story competition. For the past eight years, the competition has been sponsored by Anglo Platinum Corporation.

The BTA/ Anglo Platinum short story competition, now calls for entries for 2007. Managed by literacy activist Beulah Thumbadoo, the competition has helped to give a voice to thousands of ordinary South Africans and promoted a wealth of local writing. More than 12,000 stories have been sent in from throughout Southern Africa since its inception.

Last year Renee Muller won first prize for her tale Mrs Tilbury’s Cast-offs, about an old lady who invites local children into her home to sing along as she revisits her piano. Renee is a former drama, language and education practitioner, and is currently a writer and translator in Cape Town.

The competition, with of the highest submission of any writing competition in the world, has been very successful in raising awareness about writing and reading.

Entrants are asked to write a gripping and original story of between 4,500 to 5,000 words. The competition is unique in that it focuses on content over form, understanding that many entrants will be writing in their second or third language. Story quality and creativity are the key criteria and entrants are not penalized for imperfect grammar and spelling. As such, stories are submitted from all walks of life throughout Southern Africa. Ferial Haffajee, Editor-in-Chief of the Mail & Guardian and a regular judge, calls the competition, “a date of promise on the literary calendar.”

This is the eighth year that Anglo Platinum is sponsoring this competition. Once again, a piece of platinum jewellery from the Djadji range is up for grabs in a special prize category.

Anglo Platinum is committed to supporting the development of education in South Africa and does much towards building schools and infrastructure. The short story competition is its special creative project:

“We are very pleased to be associated with this noble project, which is all about promoting reading and writing in our society,” says Pumlani Tyali, Group SED Consultant at Anglo Platinum. “As part of our corporate social responsibility and commitment to promoting adult basic education and training (ABET) within our company and society in general, we believe our association with BTA is crucial and has, thus far, contributed immensely to promoting reading among the young and old. The number of entries we received last year and the phone calls that regularly come through all year long indicate that the South African public takes this competition seriously, and it can only get better and better.”

For more information on the competition, or the Million Books Campaign contact Savo Tufegdzic (Creative Media) on 011 888 3104 or Carol Roos (Brunswick) on 011 268 5750 or visit www.angloplatshortstory.com




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