How to enter

This is how to enter for the AVBOB Poetry Competition:

Fill your paper with the rhythms of your heart...

Then follow these four easy steps:

  1. Register your profile
Simply click on Register and follow the prompts to register your profile online.
  1. Get to know the legal jargon
Be sure to familiarise yourself fully with all the nitty gritty in the Legal documents section on this website so that you're ready to accept the terms and conditions of the Competition rules when you submit your poem.
  1. Check the editorial guidelines
Read the Editorial guidelines and evaluation criteria carefully so that you can align your
poem accordingly.
  1. Write and submit your poem
Craft your poem and submit your entry online. During the online submission process, you will automatically be prompted to insert the relevant personal details, select your language and choose the category for entry.

Watch the video
NB: This video is being updated. The 2018 AVBOB Poetry Competition will run from 1 August 2018 to 30 November 2018.

1. Until when is entry open?
The competition is open from 1 August 2018 to 30 November 2018.

2. In which language must my poem be written?
You may submit poems in any one of the 11 official South African languages. If your poem is not in English, an English translation of your poem would be appreciated, but is not compulsory.

3. What age must I be to enter?
Any person of any age may enter, but if you are under 18 years of age, your parent or guardian must acknowledge that they have read, understood and accepted the competition rules on your behalf. Accepting the competition rules will automatically form part of the submission process. For more information, go to the Competition rules section on this site.

4. What is the topic or theme?
Entries must be aligned with the theme "I wish I'd said" or "Ek wou nog sê". The poems, however, need not be about the death of a specific person, but can be any poem with an elegiac sense. Poems which celebrate life, or the brevity of human existence, etc., will also do. The guiding principle must be: Will a person experiencing loss be uplifted by the poem, or be able to identify with it?

5. To what guidelines must my poem conform?
To see what criteria your poem must meet, simply go to the Editorial guidelines section on this site

6. What is the prize money?
A cash prize of R10 000 will be awarded for the best poem in each of the 11 language categories, at the discretion of the editors.

7. How many poems may I enter?
Each poet will be restricted to entering a maximum of 20 poems per annual competition. A counter underneath the poetry entry button on your dashboard will show you how many poems you can still enter. We also won’t accept complete manuscripts, or the same poem(s) translated and entered in more than one language category.

8. May I enter a poem that has been published elsewhere?
No. Your poem must be an original work, as defined in the South African Copyright Act 98 of 1978, and it must not have been published anywhere else, in any acceptable media or on any public platform. For more information, go to the Competition rules section on this site.

9. Will I receive feedback on the poem that I entered?
You will receive an official notification of entry, but any feedback on the content of your poem will be at the sole discretion of the editor and subject to the volume of poems received.

10. When will the winners be announced?
The winners will be announced at the AVBOB Poetry Gala in 2019. The date of that announcement and the winners’ names will be published on AVBOB Poetry’s social media channels and on our blog:

11. How will the winners be notified?
The winners will be contacted via any of the contact details provided during submission of their entries, and their details will be made available on the AVBOB Poetry Competition website after the AVBOB Poetry Gala in 2019.

12. What does it mean when my poem is accepted for publication?
If you receive notification that your poem is accepted for publication, it means that it will be published on AVBOB’s Poetry Competition website

In addition, it may be considered for publication alongside the work of renowned poets in a 100-poem anthology that will be published in 2019.

Should your poem be accepted for publication by AVBOB, you will be remunerated as follows: A usage fee to the value of R300 – transferred to the entrant via one of the available payment options presented online – for publication on the AVBOB Poetry Competition website, which includes the entrant’s consent to usage on other platforms and in other media.

NB: Payments of usage fees due to poets will pause over the holiday period – from 1 December 2018 to 6 January 2019 – and will resume on 7 January 2019.

For more information and full details on the usage rights of accepted poems, go to the Competition rules section on this site.

Poem Title: Usuku olukhulu lufikile
Usuk' olukhulu lufikile, Namhlanje usuk' olukhulu, Ekade silwaz' ukuthi luyeza Kepha besingalulindele, Besilwazi luyeza noma nini, Kepha besingawazi u...

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Poem Title: Anakanya
Anakanya Rila u miyela, Hlangula mihloti u anakanya rendzo ra mina na wena. Anakanya rirhandzu ranga. Anakanya swiendlo ni mikhuva yanga leyo x...

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