‘Skerpskryf in Afrikaans’ has many cash prizes at stake for Drakenstein learners

Are idioms your friends and can you hammer original thoughts together? Then the tenth ‘Skerpskryf in Afrikaans’ – a creative writing competition for Drakenstein learners in grades 7, 10, 11 and 12 – is the perfect plan for easy cash in hand. To top it all, participation is free, so learners can only win.

The competition is held by the Hugenote Gedenkskool in Dal Josafat in collaboration with the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument (ATM) in Paarl. In 1883 this memorial school was the first school in South Africa to officially use Afrikaans as a medium of instruction.

Participation is easy and to the benefit of every learner who writes in Afrikaans. It will also help to identify promising young writers. The finalists and their teachers will be invited to an award ceremony at the Hugenote Gedenkskool on 19 October 2019 where they will also participate in a workshop with famous writers, journalists and bloggers regarding the many aspects of writing in Afrikaans.

There are two categories, one for all Grade 10, 11 and 12 learners in Drakenstein and one for Grade 7 learners from rural schools in Drakenstein. Participants must:
1. Describe in one sentence what an idiom is;
2. Write down 10 Afrikaans idioms; and
3. Write a maximum of 200 words (grade 7) or 300 words (grades 10, 11 and 12) in which you interpret the meaning of one of your chosen idioms.

Both learners and schools can win quite a few prizes, so put your shoulder to the wheel!

The overall high school winner receives R1 000 cash as well as a R1 000 voucher for Afrikaans books. The two winners in the creative and linguistic categories each win R500 in cash as well as a R500 voucher for Afrikaans books. The overall primary school winner will receive R500 and the first two runners-up R300 and R200 each. All three will also win a book as a prize. The six winners’ schools also receive a R500 voucher each for Afrikaans books. The people who encouraged the winning entries, as well as the teachers that submit the most entries, each receive R500.

Learners can find out how to enter by asking their Afrikaans teachers or looking at www.taalmonument.co.za. Winners of previous years may enter again, but will not be eligible for prizes. Entries must be submitted to Janine Brown at the Language Museum at 11 Pastorie Avenue, Paarl, by 26 July 2019. For inquiries and electronic entries, contact her on 021 872 3441 or opvoeding@taalmuseum.co.za.