O, The Oprah Magazine is offering its readers yet another chance to make their dream of seeing their name in print a reality – their annual short story writing competition is in its second year, and this year’s theme is ‘CHANGE’.
The judges have just been announced:
Jodi Picoult, author of 15 novels, including bestsellers Nineteen Minutes, Change of Heart and My Sister’s Keeper.
Gcina Mhlophe, internationally acclaimed author, poet and storyteller. She has received honorary doctorates from the London Open University, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pretoria University and Fort Hare, for her contributions to literature.
Jenny Crwys-Williams is a print and broadcasting journalist. She has worked as woman’s editor of The Natal Mercury, and is the former Johannesburg Bureau Chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. Jenny currently hosts a weekday afternoon show on Radio 702.
Fred Khumalo is opinion and insight Editor of The Sunday Times. The journalism graduate is very familiar with writing competitions. He was a runner-up for the Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award in 1991, and his novel Bitches’ Brew was joint winner of the 2006 European Union Literary Award.
I believe everyone has a story to tell, and there are so many talented, undiscovered writers out there. Whether you’ve been writing all your life, or if you’ve only just started, this competition is about creating and communicating. Having your story printed in O is just a part of the reward. Samantha Page, O’s Editor
You need to write a fictional story between 1,500 and 2,000 words (focused on the theme of ‘change’) and submit it to the magazine – if you are interested, put pen to paper now because the closing date is 21 December 2012.
For all the details visit the Associated Media Publishing website – http://www.assocmags.co.za/news/detail/130/os-second-annual-short-story-writing-competition