Puku story writing competition

The Puku Children’s Literature Foundation in collaboration with Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, have launched a story writing competition for young writers to express themselves creatively in isiXhosa.

The competition, sponsored by the Recycling and Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA), aims to stimulate creative writing in isiXhosa and to encourage environmental awareness among the youth.


The theme for the Puku Story Festival is “Celebrating our legacy and inventing our future”. Entrants may write stories related to celebrating isiXhosa linguistic and cultural legacy and/or how they would like to preserve this in the future. Entrants may also write on how to take care of the environment to make the world a better place for present and future generations.

Submission guidelines:

  • All entries must be handwritten and in isiXhosa
  • Stories must be the original work of the writer
  • Only one story per entrant is allowed. Once a story is submitted, the entrants will not be allowed to revise it
  • Length: 500 – 1 500 words
  • Stories must be submitted by 15 January 2015



Entrants must be:

  • Between the ages of 13 and 19 years
  • Able and willing to travel



Gold medals and certificates will be awarded to the writers of the ten best stories. 1st , 2nd and 3rd prizes to the value of R20 000 will be the award for the top three stories.

Winners will be announced at the Puku Story Festival in February 2015


All entries must be sent to:

Puku Story Competition

PostNet Suite # 14

Private Bag X1672

Grahamstown, 6140


Or scanned and emailed to:


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