Have a Story to Tell? POWA Wants to Hear from You

The NGO is calling all aspiring storytellers

People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) is calling for submissions for its annual Women’s Writing Project under the theme: my womanhood, my world.

The South African NGO is calling for poems, short stories and personal essays that tell the story of a woman’s reflection on her life, hopes and aspirations for the future.

Women who have experienced shame, grief, fear and violence and came out of it even stronger are urged to apply. The theme embodies women who have stepped up and claimed their rightful place in society – women who are now free to speak out on three of our country’s biggest challenges: unemployment, poverty and inequality.

Submissions in the following categories will be accepted:

Poetry: no longer than 60 lines
Short story: no longer than 2 500 words
Personal essay: no longer than 2 000 words

All entries and queries are to be directed to:

Adeline Moagi
People Opposing Women Abuse Address: PO Box 93416, Yeoville, 2143
E-mail: womenswritingproject@powa.co.za
Tel: 011 642 4345
Website: Womenswriting.org.za

General guidelines

  • The POWA Women’s Writing Project is only open to women and girls of all ages living in South Africa.
  • Submissions can be written by individual women/girls or by collectives of women and girls.
  • Writing can be in any of the country’s 11 official languages.
  • All writing submitted must be new work, and must not have been published anywhere else.
  • All submissions must be accompanied by a short biography of the entrant(s). Biographies should not be longer than 250 words.
  • Written work can be submitted via e-mail or post in one of three ways:
    – as word processed documents (typed in font size 12, double spaced, printed on white paper)
    – on CD containing no files other than the entry
    – as handwritten hard-copy documents, written in large, legible print

The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2018. For more information and to download the application form, click here.

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