A lot can happen in 27 years. When Nelson Mandela went into prison he was a young activist. When he came out, he was a wise and white-haired national icon, and the world was a different place.
It’s 2017. Let’s fast forward 27 years to 2044… What does the world look like now?
Write a short story in English of between 500 and 1500 words set in 2044. Let your imaginations go wild! The setting is 2044, but there must also be a compelling story – with a beginning, middle and end – and a convincing main character, who faces (and hopefully overcomes) his or her challenges.
For your setting, you need to think about:
* Where will your characters be living?
* What will be the difficulties they face?
* Will we have solved some of today’s problems (inequality, poverty, global warming, etc) or will they have gotten worse?
To help you with your short story, see our Tips for Writers (particularly tips 5,8 9 and 13) while working on your story, and then have a look at the other tips when you edit your work.
The judging will be based on the following criteria:
* How convincing and well described your setting is
* How compelling (exciting and interesting) your story is
* If your short story is above 1500 or below 500 words, it will count against you.
* If there are too many grammar, spelling or punctuation errors, it will be hard for the judges to understand and enjoy your story, so check your work carefully.
* If you have been selected as a FunDza winner in the last 6 months (January to June 2017), you will not be able to enter this competition.
* This competition is also only open to people between the ages of 13 and 30 years who are living in Africa.
Up for grabs! R2,500 in cash for TWO prizes winners – one in the “Junior” age category (13-21 years) and one in the “Senior” age category (22-30 years).
Submit your short story entry via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the subject line “2044 Fast Forward”. Ensure that you include the following information: name, date of birth, contact details – telephone number/email/address, and the age category in the email and/or on the word document/pdf file that contains your competition entry. Please note that this must be sent before midnight on 31 July 2017.
Alternatively, you may submit your entry via this online form. If considering this option, you will need to be able to upload your story as a word document or pdf file.
Terms and Conditions
- The competition is only open to individuals between the ages of 13 and 30 who live on the African continent.
- Entrants may only submit ONE short story.
- Entrants may only submit their own original and previously unpublished work.
- Only short stories submitted via email to email@example.com or that are submitted via our online form (available here) will be considered valid entries for the competition. If submitting via email, the subject line should be: 2044 Fast Forward.
- Only short stories that are submitted with all the required information (name, date of birth, telephone number, email address (if the entrant has one), country of residence, and the age category) will be considered for the prize.
- Only short stories that are written in English and that comply with the instructions (above) will be considered for the competition.
- Only short stories submitted before the closing date – midnight on Monday 31 July 2017 – will be considered valid competition entries.
- FunDza reserves the right to publish any and all entries on its mobi site, FreeBasics app, Android app, Facebook page, Twitter feed or any other ‘FunDza’ space, including in any print publication that it produces or has produced for it. This includes FunDza anthologies and/or corporate publications such as the Annual Report.
- The judges will select TWO winners for the competition: one in the “Junior” age category (for individuals aged 13 to 21 years); and one in the “Senior” age category (for individuals aged 22 to 30 years).
- The winner in each age category will receive a cash prize of R2,500 (or, if the winner lives in another African country, then he/she will receive the equivalent amount in the local currency).
- The judges reserve the right to select up to three finalists in each age category. These finalists will receive a FunDza hamper.
- The two winners will be notified by 21 August 2017.
- Winners will be notified by telephone, SMS or email. If a winner does not respond within a 24 hour period, they will forfeit their prize, and FunDza will select a new winner.
- Winners may be announced on the FunDza mobi site, FreeBasics app, Android app, Facebook page, Twitter or any other ‘FunDza’ space.
- Competition entrants agree that if they are selected as a winner, they will supply FunDza with a recent photograph and other information about themselves as required for publicity purposes. Winners, who do not do so, will forfeit their prize.
- Employees of FunDza – or members of their families – are disqualified from entering the competition.
- Any person who has won a FunDza competition in the last six months – from January to June 2017 – is disqualified from entering the competition.
- By taking part in this competition, entrants agree to not hold FunDza liable for any losses, harm, damages, injury, claims or actions related to the competition.
- These rules can only be reasonably changed (or superseded) by us on a written revision to these rules posted on this competition page.
- South African laws govern this competition.
- Entrants understand and agree that in order to offer the competition, FunDza must collect and use personal information about them.
- The competition may be terminated immediately and without notice. If this happens, entrants will not have any claim against FunDza, because of this.
- The judges decision is final – no correspondence will be entered into.
- Queries regarding the competition can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- By participating in this competition, the entrant agrees to these terms and conditions.