This popular component of the festival presents learners with the opportunity to showcase their poetry-writing skills. Entrants from schools in KwaZulu-Natal are invited to submit original stories in English, isiZulu or Afrikaans and a panel of adjudicators selects winners for both the English and Zulu competition sections. The Mazisi Kunene Foundation Trust, which preserves the legacy of South Africa’s first national poet laureate and which actively promotes writing in indigenous languages, will also award prizes to the best poems written in Zulu. The winners, who will be handed their prizes and present their poems during the evening session on Friday, October 19 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, are:



In the English section:

1st: Jenna Dunford (Westville Senior Primary School) for The Graveyard

2nd: Zamangwane Zikhali (Durban Girls High School) for Cold Sunlight  Joint

3rd: Sabelo Xulu (Hilton College) for Battles of the Mind and Julia van der Riet (St. Annes College) for Preparation for a Poem (A work in progress)


In the Zulu section:

1st:  Zizikazi Dlamini (Durban Girls High) for Zikhohlisana Zihlomile

2nd: Nombulelo Gumede (King Shaka High School) for Thingo Lwenkosazane
3rd: Zoleka Maluleka (Umbelebele Secondary School) for Isibani Sami


Winners will each receive cash and book voucher awards generously sponsored by Adams Campus Booksellers.