She:A Writing Challenge – Stories from South African men about the women in their lives

On Tuesday 23rd August at Cornerstone Institute in association with Beulah Thumbadoo, we held the prize giving ceremony for the winners of our writing challenge who sent in their essays and poetry on the subject of the South African women in their lives in honour of Women’s Month. A HUGE congratulations to all the brave men who entered their writing, bared their souls and told their stories. We got entries from across South Africa and special mention must be made to all the Write On! students who submitted pieces.

Congratulations to Gary Montague-Fryer who has done both our beginner’s and advanced courses who was given a special mention by the judges with his exceptionally moving essay, She.

Subjects ranged from their mothers, to sisters, to grandmothers, to lovers – the women who raised them, loved them, broke their hearts, rejected them and stood by them like no one else would.

Prize money of R6000 was divided amongst the winners.

The winners were as follows:

Judge’s mention:

Anthero Bowie: Woman, you are woman (Cape Town)

Gary Montague-Fryer: She (Cape Town)

Gugu Mgema: 60th Anniversary Struggle (Johannesburg)

Joint Second Runners Up:

Gerald Manomano: Why so much hurt and hate in the world (Cape Town/Zimbabwe)

Telford Vice: My mother was dead (Durban)

First Runner Up

Thulani Dube: Words Left Unspoken (Cape Town)

First Place:

Kingsley Khobotlo: An end to this vicious cycle of violence (Johannesburg)

To read the winning entries, please click on the links provided.