In the coming months, libraries will be running workshops to aid you in honing your writing skills. All of this will culminate on the 15th of June when you will be able to submit your piece for consideration at participating libraries. The finalists’ pieces will then be included in the #WritingmyCity anthology which will be launched at Open Book Festival 2019!
- 1500 words or less
- Work should focus on an aspect of Cape Town
- Languages: English, isiXhosa and Afrikaans
- Prose, poetry or non-fiction will be considered
- Work from all ages will be considered
The facilitator at each participating library will collect the submissions, which will be sent to the Head: Professional Services & Programmes at LIS Head Office in Berkley Road. Three library judges will consider all the submissions and submit all the entries with merit to Open Book. Open Book will appoint a 4 person judging panel to make the final selection of 40 contributions.
The split will be as follows:
- Minimum of 20 from unpublished writers
- Maximum of 10 from published writers
- Maximum of 10 from librarians
This project is made possible by the amazing people who work at the public libraries, as well as through the support of the City of Cape Town.
Get in touch with participating libraries (below) to find out the details of their workshop programmes. Please also do get in touch if you are interested in facilitating a workshop at a library near you.
Central Library Linda.Ntaka@capetown.gov.za
Edgemead Library Lorraine.firstname.lastname@example.org
Athlone Library Soraya.email@example.com
Langa Library Sandile.firstname.lastname@example.org
Pinelands Library Rosalind.Hendricks@capetown.gov.za
Suider-strand Library Nombongo.email@example.com
Macassar Library Glen.firstname.lastname@example.org
Kuils River Library Wilhelmina.email@example.com
Melton Rose Library Eleanore.Pietersen@capetown.gov.za
Mfuleni Library Nolubabalo.Memani@capetown.gov.za
Eerste River Library Rene.Jashim@capetown.gov.za
Khayelitsha Library Vuyokazi.Raninjambatwa@capetown.gov.za
Kulani Library Catherine.firstname.lastname@example.org
Masakhane Library Nomonde.Sotashe@capetown.gov.za
Moses Mabhida Library Mbulelo.Zumana@capetown.gov.za
Harare Library Ncebakazi.email@example.com
Kuyasa Library Lulama.Langeni@capetown.gov.za
Tokai Library Natasha.firstname.lastname@example.org
Wynberg Library Nadia.Ismail@capetown.gov.za
Fish Hoek Library Rika.email@example.com
Masiphumelele Library firstname.lastname@example.org
Retreat Library Sharon.email@example.com
If you would like any additional information about the festival, please get in touch with Frankie.
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Open Book Festival is organised in partnership with The Fugard Theatre, The District 6 Museum, The A4 Arts Foundation, The Townhouse Hotel, Novus Holdings, The French Institute of South Africa, The Embassy of Sweden, the Dutch Foundation for Literature and the HCI Foundation and sponsored by Leopard’s Leap, Open Society Foundation, City of Cape Town, Pan Macmillan, NB Publishers, Jonathan Ball, Penguin Random House, African Centre for Cities, UCT Creative Writing Department, University of Stellenbosch English Department and the Windham Campbell Prizes