Competition: Call for entries for Word Warrior 2020, annual competition hosted by READ Educational Trust, South Africa

2020 Word Warrior competition – details

Last date to submit: October 31, 2020

Prizes: R1000 for the winner and books to the value of R5000 for the school of the entrant

Ages: Open to age 9-16

Entry fee: No entry fee


Reading and writing is vital for young learners. With schooling interrupted by the pandemic, parents and care givers are playing a critical role in nurturing reading and writing. It helps a lot when there is a motivating activity to get youngsters writing and when there is cash involved, well, that is wonderful. The READ Educational Trust, a South African non-profit organisation is hosting its annual Word Warrior Competition– with R1000 for the learner and R5000 in books, for the school. There is the recognition factor and the prospect of cash in these days, is terrific for anyone. The competition is fun – scroll down further. Youngsters are asked to conjure up a mystery caper, inspired by READ’s mascot, Detective Inkomba. The judges are looking for quirky and fresh dialogue.

About the winner of 2019 Word Warrior Competition

Sivani Pillay from Kamalinee Primary School won with the WORD WARRIOR 2019 title, a R1000 cash prize and books to the value of R5000 for her school. Well done, Sivani.

The theme for 2020 Word Warrior

This year’s competition continues the focus on READ’s furry hero, the foxy Detective Inkomba.. Entrants (9-16 years) are invited to write “fresh, authentic dialogue for a play, a movie or to use in a story”.

Read encourage entrants to use their imaginations and create a scenario where Detective Inkomba solves a mystery of sorts. “He could set off on interplanetary travel, engage in covert affairs, local affairs or even a love affair! The sky’s the limit.”

The READ Educational Trust- details

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