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SCORCHED EARTH COMPETITION (article first published : 2001-08-9)

Learners who can imagine themselves in the concentration camps of the Anglo-Boer War stand to win big money -- and the opportunity to see their writing in print.

An essay competition linked to the screening of the TV documentary Scorched Earth on M-Net and Verskroeide Aarde on kykNET, as well as to the publication of a book of the same name in Afrikaans and in English, puts a total amount of R45,000 within reach of pupils and their schools.

Participating pupils have to write an essay on life in a concentration camp during the Anglo-Boer War. The best entry by a senior pupil (Grades 10 to 12) wins R5,000, with three runners-up receiving R1,500 each and the next six qualifying entries awarded R500 each. The best entry by a junior pupil (Grades 7 to 9) wins R3,000. Each of the three runners-up in this category wins R1,000, while the next 16 qualifying entries are awarded R250 each.

The ten best contributions in the senior category and the 20 best contributions in the junior category will be published by Content Solutions Online as a Junior and a Senior Volume. Every participant may order his or her own personalised volume (containing the 10 or 20 best contributions) in which his own story is included as the title story and with his name as author's name on the cover. The winner's school will in every instance receive an amount equal to that won by the learner.

All entries will be published on the Internet by M-Web Learning. Entries may be in any one of the 11 official languages and approached from the perspective of any child - Boer, British or black. Entrants are expected to avail themselves of the Internet for their research. A panel of experts will judge the 30 winning entries. The closing date for the competition is August 15. For full information visit www.ScorchedEarth.com




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