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The Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal), with principal funding from the City of Durban and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture, calls out to students to submit poems as part of the 18th POETRY AFRICA Schools Competition.

With its long-standing commitment towards nurturing a culture of reading and writing poetry amongst the youth, Poetry Africa invites primary and high school learners to take up the exciting opportunity of in the festival’s School Poetry Competition. There is no particular topic for the poems and they can be written in English, Zulu or Afrikaans. Submission must be  no more than two poems per learner, with a maximum length of one A4 page per poem – illegible entries will not be considered.

Poems must either be submitted by hand to the Centre for Creative Arts (Howard College Campus, UKZN), by email to or by fax to (031) 260 3074 by 19 September 2014.

The POETRY AFRICA festival, now in its 18th edition, takes place from 13 to 18 October 2014.

Winners will read their poems on the main stage of the Poetry Africa festival on the evening of 17 October. Prizes will be awarded by Adams Booksellers and the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN).

For more details about this year’s Poetry Africa, visit or call (031) 260 2506.


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