AVBOB Poetry Project | FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Until when is entry open?
The competition is open from 1 August 2019 to 30 November 2019.

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?
Entrants should see the theme "I wish I'd said" as a guideline, not a rule. 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. Any feedback on a specific poem will be at the sole discretion of the editor.

10. When will the winners be announced?
The winners will be announced at the AVBOB Poetry Gala in 2020. The date of that announcement and the winners’ names will be published on AVBOB Poetry’s social media channels and on our blog: https://avbobpoetry.co.za/Blog/ViewAll

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 2020.

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 www.avbobpoetry.co.za.

In addition, it may be considered for publication alongside the work of renowned poets in a 100-poem anthology that will be published in 2020.

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 the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) payment option 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 2019 to 6 January 2020 – and will resume on 7 January 2020.

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

13. My banking details have changed, how can I update this for payments of poem usage fees?
You will always be able to update your banking details via your main profile page from your dashboard. NB: Please note that your previous details may still be used for payments which are already in process, so try not change any details midway through the competition. If you must, after doing so we recommend you send a separate contact request to the AVBOB Poetry Payments Team via the ‘Rewards and Payments’ drop-down menu on our Contact Us page advising them of this change.

14. How soon after I’ve been published can I expect to be paid?
Payments will be made within 4 to 6 weeks from the date that you have confirmed your Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) payment details for your poem that was published. After 6 weeks you should see your proof of payment linked to your online profile. If you don’t, please feel free to contact the AVBOB Poetry Payments Team to enquire (giving the details of your published poem as a reference) via the ‘Rewards and Payments’ drop-down menu on our Contact Us page.

15. What happens after I get paid? How will I know I’ve been paid?
You can review all your approved and published poems, as well as their payment statuses, under the ‘My notification panel’ option on your dashboard. Once processed, your proof of payment will be linked to your online profile (within 4-6 weeks as described above).

16. How can I contact the AVBOB Poetry Payments Team about my payments?
You are welcome to contact the AVBOB Poetry Payments Team via the ‘Rewards and Payments’ drop-down menu on our Contact Us page. All the aforementioned queries will be escalated to the AVBOB Poetry Payments Team and a representative will contact you as soon as possible.

17. Proof of payment for usage fee reflecting on profile but no money in account yet?
Please remember that banks all operate on Interbank Transfer Rules – which means that they take some time to transfer the money into your account, depending on when the transaction was completed. Your proof of payment will contain a transaction date – please wait two or three days (if your transaction date falls on a weekend or public holiday) to allow the money to reflect in your account before contacting the AVBOB Poetry payments team.

Poem title: Los Grond
los grond onder my voete die kissie sak af na die diepe bodem

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Poem title: Ntshembo
Munyama wu fikile, Dyambu leri a ri voninga ri tlomutile, Ri nghenile etintshaveni ri ya ekuwiseni, Kambe ndzi ta sala ndzi famba, a ndzi nga yimi. H...

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