Winners of The Write Co Short Story Competition

1st Prize: Up in Arms by Ilva Pieterse

A Writers Write course – valued at R4 500, or gift vouchers for The Write Co valued at R4 500, your story published in The Write Co Newsletter

2nd Prize: Action Approved by Richard Greensmith

1 year’s subscription to The Write Club, worth R1 800

3rd Prize: Raw/Hide by Amanda Paulsen

4 hours with one of our personal writing coaches, worth R1 400

Read all the Stories on The Write Company Website

The Judges

Morné Malan – Winner of The Best Debut Novel 2007 and a winner in the S A Pen short story award

Anthony Ehlers and Darrel Bristow-Bovey

Anthony Ehlers and Darrel Bristow-Bovey

Darrel Bristow-Bovey – Columnist, award-winning novelist, SuperZero, best-selling non-fiction author, writer of scripts, screenplays and short stories.

Susan Greenhalgh

Susan Greenhalgh

Susan Greenhalgh

Anthony Ehlers – Head of Creative Writing, The Write Co’s Romance & Writers Write facilitator

Amanda Patterson

Amanda Patterson – The Write Co Founder, author of Writers Write 1, Writers Write 2 , KISS – the Art of Writing the Short Story – and Rewrite your Future

Morné Malan

Morné Malan


Enter Now for the Nova Short Story Competition

The Nova Short Story Competition is an annual competition for budding writers of science fiction and fantasy short stories.

The Nova Short Story Competition for 2008 is now open for entries. Closing date 30 September 2008.

For more details have a look at the South Afican Science Fiction Club Website.

The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2008

Although the name suggests this poetry competition is national it is in fact international.

Whether you are an established poet or someone new to writing, winning often provides the essential spur to take your writing further. It is also an exciting opportunity to have your poems read by three of today’s leading poets, booster the coffers with £5,000 prize money, appear at the Ledbury Poetry Festival 2009, add your name to the long prestigious list of past winners, free annual membership of the Poetry Society and – if all that wasn’t enough  – an annual subscription for Aesthetica Magazine, the new media partner for the competition. The judges this year are Frieda Hughes, Jack k Melanie and Brian Patten.

You can enter now at

The competition is the longest running poetry prize and since it began back in 1978 has turned the spotlight on some exciting new poetry stars, as well as giving further encouragement to already established poets.

As well as entering the National Poetry Competition 2008 to discover your own potential, you can judge your own favourite competition winner from the past 30 years at

Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest Winners

Since 1982 the English Department at San Jose State University in California has sponsored the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, a whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels.

This year’s top 10 winners of the Bulwer-Lytton contest, a.k.a. “The Dark and Stormy Night Contest” (run by the English Dept. of San Jose State University), wherein one writes only the first line of a very bad novel:

10) “As a scientist, Throckmorton knew that if he were ever to break wind in the echo chamber, he would never hear the end of it.”

9) “Just beyond the Narrows, the river widens.”

8) “With a curvaceous figure that Venus would have envied, a tanned, unblemished oval face framed with lustrous thick brown hair, deep azure-blue eyes fringed with long black lashes, perfect teeth that vied for competition, and a small straight nose, Marilee had a beauty that defied description.”

7) “Andre, a simple peasant, had only one thing on his mind as he crept along the East wall: ‘Andre creep… Andre creep… Andre creep.'”

6) “Stanislaus Smedley, a man always on the cutting edge of narcissism, was about to give his body and soul to a back alley sex-change surgeon to become the woman he loved.

5) “Although Sarah had an abnormal fear of mice, it did not keep her from eeking out a living at a local pet store.”

4) “Stanley looked quite bored and somewhat detached, but then penguins often do.”

3) “Like an over-ripe beefsteak tomato rimmed with cottage cheese, the corpulent remains of Santa Claus lay dead on the hotel floor.”

2) “Mike Hardware was the kind of private eye who didn’t know the meaning of the word ‘fear’; a man who could laugh in the face of danger and spit in the eye of death — in short, a moron with suicidal tendencies.”


1) “The sun oozed over the horizon, shoved aside darkness, crept along the greensward, and, with sickly fingers, pushed through the castle window, revealing the pillaged princess, hand at throat, crown asunder, gaping in frenzied horror at the sated, sodden amphibian lying beside her, disbelieving the magnitude of the frog’s deception, screaming madly, ‘You lied!”


“I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.”
— Stephen Bishop”

“A modest little person, with much to be modest about.” – Winston Churchill (about Clement Atlee)

“He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.” — William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)

“He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others.”
— Samuel Johnson

“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.” – Groucho Marx

“They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.” — Thomas Brackett Reed

“His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.” — Mae West

“He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.” — Billy Wilder