PEN South Africa is a writers’ organisation that defends freedom of expression and promotes literature. We believe in the power of writing to effect change and inform the way we see the world and ourselves. With this in mind we are holding the PEN South Africa Student Writing Prize, which calls on young writers to submit fiction, creative non-fiction or poetry on the topic of the recent #FeesMustFall movement and the student protests.

Students across South Africa have been making their collective voices heard through the #FeesMustFall movement but there are undoubtedly many individual stories that have yet to be told and we want to hear them.

The winning writer will receive R5000 and will get the chance to attend a seminar at the University of the Witwatersrand, followed by a prize-giving.  The seminar aims to encourage public discourse around freedom of expression and will examine the role the media has played in the #FeesMustFall movement.

Entries must be a maximum of 5000 words and entrants must be under 30 years old and currently living in South Africa.

Please include your name, contact details and age and send entries (one per person) to by 29 February 2016.

Note: Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but PEN SA will have the unrestricted right to publish entries in an e-anthology, in print, on the website, and in any relevant promotional material