Baba, Papa, Tata, Dad…
What does the word FATHER mean to you?
“I never knew my father, but my uncle was like a father to me. He taught me to ride a bicycle, helped me with homework, and always remembered my birthday.”
“I am trying to be a good father. I don’t have much money but I want my children to love me – and not be frightened of me like I was of my father.”
“My father worked far away. But we always knew he loved us, and the times he came home were like holidays, we were so excited.”
Write an essay between 450 and 550 words about what the word ‘Father’ means to you. The story doesn’t have to be about a real biological father. It can be about someone who was like a father to you. Or it can be about how you didn’t have a father, and how that affected you. Or it can be about your own experiences as a father.
In your essay, you must describe at least one scene or event that shows what you are saying. To make your writing come alive, use small details and direct speech. Here are links to tips to help you with this:
Writing tip: Show don’t tell
Writing tip: Describe the details
Up for grabs!
Three winners (one in each age category) will win R1500 in cash and six runners-up (two in each age category) will each win R750 in cash. All top nine entrants (so long as they live within South Africa) will also receive goodie bags of delights!
1. Entries must be submitted via the online entry form (link below).
2. You need to be a logged-in FunDza user to enter. Need help registering or logging in? Find out more here.
3. If your work has too many grammar or spelling mistakes it will be difficult for the judges to read it.
4. Entrants below the age of 18 years will need to get their parent or guardian’s agreement for them to participate in the competition. As part of the entry form entrants under the age of 18 years must include the name and cellphone number of their parent/guardian with their entry. The parent/guardian will receive an SMS to which they must respond positively in order for the child’s entry to be valid.
5. Entrants have until 30 June 2021 to submit their entry!
Terms and Conditions:
1. The Promoter of this competition is The FunDza Literacy Trust (FunDza) with the registration number IT814/2011 (the “Promoter”). The sponsor of this competition is The Heartlines Centre NPC (Heartlines) with the company registration number 2002/003520/08 and nonprofit registration number 020-367 (the “Sponsor”). The media partners are The Sowetan, Sunday Times/TimesLive, Vuma FM and Rise FM, all of which are part of Arena Holdings (“Media partners”).
2. The competition is only open to individuals between the ages of 13 and 30 who live on the African continent.
3. There are three age categories: Junior (13-17 years old), Intermediate (18-23 years old), Senior (24-30 years old).
4. Entrants below the age of 18 years must have the consent of a guardian in order to participate. These entrants must include their guardian’s name and cellphone number on the entry form. The guardian will be required to respond to an SMS to provide their consent. If a designated guardian does not provide consent via SMS the entrant’s work will be disqualified from the competition. Importantly, FunDza will only send SMSes for those entries that are valid, i.e. that meet all other criteria, including the word count.
5. Entrants may only submit their own ORIGINAL and previously unpublished work. FunDza may disqualify any entry it deems unoriginal or that contains plagiarised text.
6. Only one entry is allowed per person. Entries submitted on behalf of someone else will not be considered and joint submissions are not allowed. Incomplete, illegible, misdirected or late entries will not be considered. The first complete entry submitted by any entrant will be deemed to be the valid entry.
7. Only entries written mainly in English and that comply with the instructions will be considered a valid entry to the competition.
8. Any entry that is deemed to be vulgar or obscene or to contain discriminatory content or hate speech will be disqualified from the competition.
9. Only entries submitted via the online form on the fundza.mobi site will be considered valid entries for the competition.
10. The competition is open for submissions from 8am on 1 June 2021 until MIDNIGHT on 30 June 2021.
11. The promoter FunDza, the sponsor Heartlines, and the media partner Arena Holdings reserve the right to publish ALL entries on their respective sites or in their respective print publications. The entrant grants FunDza, Heartlines and Arena Holdings an irrevocable, transferable and non-exclusive licence to enable such publishing.
11a. In the case of FunDza this includes: the fundza.mobi site, FreeBasics app, Moya portal, Android app, Facebook pages, Twitter feed, WhatsApp portal, or any other ‘FunDza’ space, as well as in print publications produced by FunDza such as anthologies or the annual report.
11b. In the case of Heartlines this includes: The Fathers Matter Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, funder reports and monitoring and evaluation reports, as well as in printed publications produced by Heartlines.
11c. In the case of Arena Holdings this includes the print publications the Sowetan and Sunday Times; and digital publications such as Timeslive, Sowetanlive; and the radio stations Vuma FM and Rise FM.
12. Entrants may choose to use a pseudonym for the publication of their work – this must be entered into the required field on the online entry form at the point of submission.
13. The judges will select THREE winners – one in each age category; and SIX runners-up – two in each age category.
14. The age categories are: Junior: 13 to 17 years; Intermediate: 18 to 23 years; Senior: 24 to 30 years.
15. The THREE winners will receive a cash prize of R1,500 (or, if the winner lives in another African country, then he/she will receive the equivalent amount in the local currency). If the winners reside in South Africa they will also receive a FunDza hamper of goodies.
16. The SIX runners-up will each receive a cash prize of R750 (or, if the runner-up lives in another African country, then he/she will receive the equivalent amount in the local currency). If the runners-up reside in South Africa they will also receive a FunDza hamper of goodies.
17. The winners and runners-up will be announced by Friday 30 July 2021 or earlier.
18. Winners will be notified via email, SMS/WhatsApp or telephone call using the details they provided. If winners do not respond within a 48-hour period, they will forfeit their prize, and FunDza reserves the right to present this to another entrant.
19. Winners may be announced on the FunDza mobi site, FreeBasics app, Android app, Facebook page, Twitter, WhatsApp portal or any other FunDza space. Winners may also be announced on the sites and social media of the sponsor – Heartlines, and of the media partner – Arena Holdings.
20. Competition entrants agree that if selected as a winner or a runner-up they will supply FunDza with a recent photograph and other information about themselves as required for publicity purposes. The winner or runner-up may request to use their pseudonym and not supply a photograph if they would prefer to remain anonymous.
21. The agents, directors or employees – or members of their families – of the FunDza Literacy Trust and Heartlines are disqualified from entering the competition.
22. 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. FunDza does not accept responsibility for entries that are delayed, lost or incomplete for any reason.
23. These rules can only be reasonably changed (or superseded) on a written revision to these rules posted on this page.
24. Entrants understand and agree that in order to offer the competition, FunDza must collect and use personal information about them. This personal information required includes: full name and surname, date of birth or ID number, cellphone number and email address, and province, as well as the writing submitted. FunDza will only use this personal information in order to run the competition and for publicity purposes.
25. The competition may be terminated immediately and without notice. If this happens, entrants will not have any claim against FunDza because of this.
26. The judges’ decision is final – no correspondence will be entered into.
27. Queries regarding the competition can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
28. South African laws govern this competition.
29. By participating in this competition, the entrant acknowledges that he or she has read and understood these terms and agrees to them. FunDza may disqualify an entrant from participating in this competition if the entrant fails to comply with these terms.