The SU Woordfees Short Story Anthology has become a literary institution.

The first SU Woordfees short story anthology, Blywas published in 2016. Since then, four similar collections have seen the light of day. All five anthologies have been well supported by writers and the reading public and have received excellent reviews.

Experienced publishing editor, Suzette Kotzé-Myburgh, has been the convenor of the selection committee since the first anthology. She explains what makes this project such a unique and distinctive undertaking in the landscape of Afrikaans literature:

"The SU Woordfees short story anthology is unique in that both new and established writers contribute on equal footing. This happens because the selection process is entirely anonymous, which levels the playing field for all participants. In fact, since the establishment of the main prize of R30 000, sponsored by Du Toitskloof Wines, each of the four winners has been a debut writer. In addition, all writers whose works are published in the anthology each receive R5 000 – a generous award when compared to similar publications." 

“When we started this project, festival director, Saartjie Botha, envisioned that each anthology would deliver a rich compendium of short stories that would serve as an annual record of the spirit of the times. And that is what has happened. Despite a diverse assortment of themes, the anthology always emerges with a core theme without any form of prescription on the part of the publishers. As a result, the Woordfees Short Story Anthology does indeed serve as a valuable perspective on the signs of our times as seen through the creative insights of writers who depict our shared reality.”

This project has special significance for the Toyota SU Woordfees Director, Saartjie Botha: “The Woordfees began as a literary festival, and words and writers are still the heart of our programme. The anthology is an extension of that and also an attempt to ensure that the observer and recorder – which is what our writers often are – are visible in our year and festival programmes.

“We are proud of the rich harvest of voices and stories that this project delivers and await the new anthology with great anticipation.”

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2021-wenner: Coen Basson

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2020 winner: Marie Toerien

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2019 winner: Hendie Grobbelaar

With financial support from kykNET, Enrique Grobbelaar’s short story “Binnelandse Sake” was adpated into a short film which was screened at the 2019 kykNET Silwerskerm Film Festival.

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2018 winner: Clari Niemand

With financial support from kykNET, Niemand’s winning short story, “Non(Kompos)Mentis”, was adpated into a short film which was screened at the 2018 kykNET Silwerskerm Film Festival.

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2017 winner: Michèle Meyer

With financial support from kykNET, Meyer’s winning short story, “Langsaan”, was adpated into a short film which was screened at the 2017 kykNET Silwerskerm Film Festival.

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An overall winner was not chosen in 2016.

The main prize was established in 2017 when Du Toitskloof Wines took on sponsorship of the prize money.


Die bundel word elke jaar in ’n beperkte oplaag uitgegee wat aanvanklik slegs by die Toyota US Woordfees te koop was. Die 2021-bundel, asook alle oorblywende eksemplare van die vorige vyf Woordfeeskortverhaalbundels is by die Woordfeeskantoor beskikbaar om te koop.

Plaas ‘n bestelling by woordfeesbemarking@sun.ac.za.


Bestel die 2021-kortverhaalbundel by Exclusive Books tot en met einde Oktober 2021.

Die publikasie van die 2022-kortverhaalbundel en die 2022-wenner sal by Woordfees 2022 aangekondig word.

Each writer will receive one free author’s copy at the launch. Books will be couriered to writers unable to attend the vent. The courier costs will be borne by the writer.

Please keep an eye on the media and the Woordfees digital platforms for announcements in this regard.

US Woordfeeskortverhaal-bundelkompetisie – reëls en riglyne vir inskrywings

Slegs Afrikaanse kortverhale sal vir dié bundel oorweeg word.

The competition is open to all writers. Employees and family members of Du Toitskloof Wines and/or the Toyota SU Woordfees are not allowed to enter.

Slegs een inskrywing van 1 500 tot 3 000 woorde word per skrywer aanvaar.

Stories must be newly penned and not have been published on any platform previously.

Copyright of the stories remains with the writers, but copyright of the anthology will reside with the SU Woordfees. If stories included in the anthology are also published elsewhere, the SU Woordfees must be notified in writing. The SU Woordfees must also be acknowledged in print when the story is published.

Judging is done anonymously. The name of the writer as well as contact details must be completed on the online application form. Only the title of the story must appear on the top of the story, not the name of the author, to ensure anonymous selection.

Stories must be presented in MS Word format and each page must be numbered and clearly display the title of the story. Use only the title of the story as the title of the document (file name). Note: No PDFs will be accepted.
If the story contains any blatantly obvious references to the writer which will enable the reader to identify the writer, the story will be disqualified.

Stories will be edited before publication, with agreement of the writer.

The theme of the story is left entirely to the author.

Daar sal ongeveer 25 verhale vir die bundel gekies word. Die skrywers wie se verhale in die bundel opgeneem word, sal elkeen ’n eenmalige betaling van R5 000 ontvang, terwyl die skrywer van die wenverhaal R30 000 ontvang.