Interested in writing? Enter our short story competition.

Northern Sotho Oxford Living Dictionaries Short Story Competition

Are you interested in writing fiction, but haven’t yet dared to try it out? Or maybe you’ve been writing for years, but have never shown your work to anyone. Here’s your chance to write fiction in Northern Sotho, get published online and win a cool prize!

Oxford Living Dictionaries celebrates Northern Sotho with a great short story competition to coincide with the Time of the Writer festival in South Africa. Send us a short (maximum 500 words) fictional text in Northern Sotho on the topic “an autumn story that takes place in South Africa” by 24.5.2016 at 23.59 GMT using the email address below. We will only accept 60 entries, so the earlier you submit, the better. The winner will be chosen by panel of Northern Sotho language experts and announced on the Northern Sotho Oxford Living Dictionaries website on 24.6.2016. The winning story will be published on the website, and the winner will also receive a certificate and a small surprise gift. 

What are you waiting for? Put your thinking cap on and get writing!

Send your short story, along with the details below to:

Title of the story in Northern Sotho:
Number of words:

PS. Check out our tips to improve your writing skills and maximise your chances of winning!

Participation instructions

Submission deadline: 24.5.2016 at 23.59 GMT
Submission length: max 500 words. If you send us anything longer than 500 words we will only take into account the first 500 words. The submission must be your original work.  Only one entry per person allowed. Maximum number of entries: 60.

Submission theme: an autumn story that takes place in South Africa
Submit using the submission form.
Judges: The competition will be judged by a panel of Northern Sotho language experts. The winner will be announced on 24.6.2016 on the website. The winner will be contacted personally.
Prize: The winning story will be published on the Northern Sotho Oxford Living Dictionaries website. The winner will also receive a certificate and a small surprise gift.



1      The closing date for entry to the competition will be 24.5.2016.  Entries must be received no later than 11.59pm (GMT) on the closing date.

2      This competition is open to all residents of South Africa over the age of 10 except employees of Oxford University Press ("OUP") and their families.  

3      To enter the competition, participants must email the specified address with their short story and required information by the closing date.

4      Only one entry per person.  Sending an e-mail is not proof that OUP has received your entry.  OUP does not accept any responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed, or damaged.   Entries which are late, incomplete or illegible or not submitted in accordance with these Terms and Conditions will be disqualified at the OUP’s sole discretion.

5      Only one winning entry will receive the prize. 

6      The judge's decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

7      The prize winners will be notified by e-mail within one month of the closing date. 

8      In the event that a prize winner cannot be contacted within the time specified, OUP reserves the right to withdraw their entitlement to the prize and award the prize to another entrant drawn from the original entries received for the competition.

9      The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for a cash alternative in whole or in part.  OUP reserves the right to provide an alternative prize. Competition entries will not be returned.

10    OUP may collect and process any information provided by entrants, including personal data.  OUP may use that information for correspondence with prize winners, to deal with any queries on the competition, and to provide entrants with information about products or services which may interest entrants. 

11    If OUP is not able to run the competition as planned due to unforeseen circumstances, OUP reserves the right to alter, amend, suspend or cancel the competition without prior notice.  

12    OUP will not be liable for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any person entering or not being able to enter the competition or as a result of accepting any prize.  OUP is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers or providers, computer equipment or software, failure of any email or entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet, telephone lines or at any website or any combination thereof.  Nothing shall exclude OUP's liability for death or personal injury as a result of its negligence.

13    The competition and these Terms and Conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.  


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