“Skerpskryf” is a creative Afrikaans writing competition for grade 7, 10, 11 and 12 learners from Drakenstein. Anyone who study Afrikaans as home or additional language are welcome to enter.
The competition is hosted for the seventh time this year by the Hugenote Gedenkskool in Dal Josafat in collaboration with the Afrikaanse Taalmuseum en -monument in Paarl. The Hugenote Gedenkskool was the first school in South Africa where Afrikaans was the official language of instruction.
The competition is to the advantage of every learner who writes in Afrikaans and helps to identify potential young Afrikaans writers. The finalists and their teachers will be invited to attend a prizegiving function at the Hugenote Gedenkskool where they will participate in a workshop with well-known writers and journalists.
There are two categories: Learners in grade 10, 11 and 12 must write a e-mail in Afrikaans of between 350 and 400 words on the subject “Waarom en wanneer ek altyd Afrikaans sal/wil/sou praat!” (Why and when I shall always want to speak Afrikaans). Grade 7 learners from rural schools in Drakenstein must write a report of 200 words about an event, e.g. “Bergbrande” (veld fires).
Learners and schools can win great prizes: The overall winner wins R1 000 cash plus a voucher of R1 000 for Afrikaans books. The two winners in the creative and linguistic categories wins R500 cash plus a R500 voucher for Afrikaans books each. The overall primary school winner wins R500, the runner-up R300 and the third prize winner R200. All three also receive a book as prize. The schools of the six winners also receive a voucher of R500 for Afrikaans books each. The teacher or persons who motivated the winning entries as well as the teacher who submitted the most entries receives R500 each.
Learners can submit their entries to their Afrikaans teachers. Winners of previous years may enter, but will not qualify for a prize. Entries must be submitted to Janine Brown at the Taalmuseum at 11 Pastorie Avenue, Paarl, by 28 July 2017. For enquiries, contact her at 021 872 3441 or firstname.lastname@example.org.