Are you a closet creative writer or author even but have not had the courage to show your work to a publisher or the funds to self publish? Now is your time to shine…

Local doctor-turned-novelist, Keli Hariparsad, who we featured recently when her book The Durban Four Hundred was published, has joined forces with Krest Publishers and is calling all creative writers to use this lockdown time to take part in their Short Story Competition.

Who can enter:

• South African citizens of any age and from any province.

• Anyone with a good story, even if you aren’t a professional writer!

What to write about:

Your short story should be under 2000 words and can revolve around any of the following topics:

1. Romance at any South African landmark destination. Whether it’s a first meeting while holidaying at the Kruger National Park, an anniversary at the Drakensberg, or a proposal on Table Mountain – the love story is in your hands!

2. A unique house in your suburb. The house might have secret passageways, magical garden sculptures, or be built of unusual materials – let your imagination run wild here!

3. A conspiracy theory is unmasked in your hometown. Whether it’s an alien aircraft cover-up or a hushed scientific experiment – you can create a character that will expose it all!

4. A local family facing a problem. Whether it concerns financial difficulties, is about urban or rural households, has to do with job loss, centers on social stigma… the stories of South Africans matter.

5. A whodunnit! Whether it’s a murder mystery, crime thriller, or the simple case of who ate your lunch at work – you can bring out your detective skills in any way you like!

To enter:

  1. Email your story to [email protected]
  2. Use ‘Short Story Competition’ as the subject line.
  3. Tell them a little about yourself in the body – don’t forget to include contact details so they know how to reach you if you win!
  4. Only ONE story per participant is allowed, so choose wisely!

The prize: The winner will walk away with R1000 in prize money, and your story will be published on the Krest Publishers blog.

Competition closes at midnight on 16 April.

The winner will be announced on 21 April.

Details: Meet Keli here and see more info about the competition at