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Leopard’s Leap introduces Open Book Festival Competition: Flash Fiction



The Leopard’s Leap passion for literature has led to exciting campaigns as part of the wine brand’s support of Open Book Festival. Following previous years’ invitations to design wine labels and write haikus, Leopard’s Leap is delighted to announce an equally exciting campaign for 2017.

Embracing the skill of concise online writing, those who enjoy saying a lot with a little will enjoy entering this year’s challenge: Flash Fiction!

Your inspiration: Words and Wine

Your challenge: Flash Fiction

Your instruction: 140-character twitterature micro story

Hein Koegelenberg, CEO of Leopard’s Leap explains: “Participating in Cape Town’s Open Book Festival is a highlight for Leopard’s Leap and a wonderful way for us to celebrate our passion for literature. We would like to invite those who love wine and who feel they have a way with words to enter this year’s Flash Fiction competition! It offers great exposure and the prizes will be worth your while!”

Inspired to use words and wine or words on wine or words in wine? We can’t wait to get your Flash Fiction entry! Send us your entry in the format of a 140-character twitterature (including spaces) – and stand a chance to win the following prizes:

  • Cash prize of R5 000
  • The winning Flash Fiction micro story will be used as back label copy on a specific Leopard’s Leap wine
  • 12 cases of Leopard’s Leap wine labelled with the winning Flash Fiction micro story back label copy
  • Winning Flash Fiction micro story to be displayed at Open Book Festival venues
  • Winning Flash Fiction micro story to be displayed at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards in Franschhoek
  • Winning Flash Fiction micro story to be used by Leopard’s Leap and Open Book Festival on digital platforms
  • Two Open Book Festival passes
  • R500 Book Lounge voucher

Love both words and wine, but not sure about the Flash Fiction and Twitterature part?

Wikipedia explains:Flash fiction is fictional work of extreme brevity,[1] including the Six-Word Story,[2] 140-character stories, also known as twitterature,[3] the dribble (50 words),[2] the drabble (100 words),[2] and sudden fiction (750 words).[4] Some commentators have also suggested that some flash fiction possesses a unique literary quality, e.g. the ability to hint at or imply a larger story.[5][6]

Persuaded to participate? Here are the rules:

  • Competition opens for entries on Saturday, 1 July 2017.
  • Entries close on Monday, 31 July 2017 at midnight.
  • Winner to be announced at the Open Book Festival Opening Bash on Tuesday 5 September 2017.
  • Create #FlashFiction by writing a 140-character (including spaces) #Twitterature micro story inspired by #WordsAndWine.
  • No limit to number of entries per person.
  • E-mail your entry with contact details to: flashfiction@leopardsleap.co.za
  • Competition details and terms and conditions available at leopardsleap.co.za/openbookflashfiction
  • The winning Flash Fiction micro story will be used as back label copy on a specific Leopard’s Leap wine that will be available to consumers in the domestic market.
  • Flash Fiction micro story entries must be in English in order to comply with Leopard’s Leap back label regulations and requirements for sale in South Africa.
  • Flash Fiction micro story entries may be used by Leopard’s Leap and Open Book Festival on digital platforms (Facebook headers and posts, Twitter headers, website homepage, blog articles, newsletter and e-mail banners).
  • Flash Fiction micro story entries may be printed on various promotional items including posters, canvas and leaflets.
  • Flash Fiction micro story entries may be displayed at Open Book Festival venues.
  • Flash Fiction micro story entries may be displayed at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards in Franschhoek.
  • The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Competition entry limited to residents of South Africa.
  • Judges: Hein Koegelenberg, Carol Mashigo and Nick Mulgrew.

The Open Book Festival is a highlight on the Cape Town calendar and will be presented by the Book Lounge and The Fugard Theatre from 6 to 10 September, once again offering a world-class selection of book launches, panel discussions, workshops, masterclasses, readings, performances and more. The event, which also includes the popular Comics Fest, #cocreatePoetica, children’s and outreach programmes, takes place at The Fugard Theatre, District Six Homecoming Centre and  The Book Lounge in Cape Town.

Open Book Festival has established itself as one of South Africa’s most innovative and leading book festivals. Last year, nearly 10 000 people attended the Festival’s 125 events featuring 251 authors and it has been shortlisted twice for the London Book Fair Excellence Awards. The programme is designed to engage, entertain and inspire conversations among Festival goers long after the event.

The final programme will be available in early August, at which point bookings can be made at Webtickets www.webtickets.co.za

A few of the highlights include:

Author: Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ (Nigeria) – In 2015 she was listed by the Financial Times as one of the bright stars of Nigerian literature

Author: Paul Beatty (USA) – The current Man Booker Winner for The Sellout.

Author: Petina Gappah (Zimbabwe) – An Elegy for Easterly won the Guardian First Book Prize in 2009.

 Author: Nathan Hill (USA) – The Nix was named one of the year’s best books by The New York Times,

 Author: Elina Hirvonen (Finland. Attending thanks to the support of the Embassy of Finland) – When Time Runs Out was chosen as ‘The Most Important Book of the Year 2015’ in a project by the Finnish Broadcasting Company.

 Author: Scaachi Koul (Canada. Attending thanks to the support of Canada Council for the Arts) – A culture writer for BuzzFeed, Scaachi’s writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Hairpin, The Globe and Mail, and Jezebel.

 Author: Ali Land (UK) Good Me Bad Me has been translated into over twenty languages

 Author:  Ken Liu (USA) – The Paper Menagerie, was the first work of fiction to win all three major science fiction awards, the Hugo, the Nebula and the World Fantasy Award.

 Author: Fiston Mwanza Mujila (DRC. Attending thanks to the support of the Goethe Institut)- His writing has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Prix du Monde and he was longlisted for MB International

 Author: Chibundu Onuzo (Nigeria) The Spider King’s Daughter was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Commonwealth Book Prize, and was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Etisalat Prize for Literature.

 Author: Malin Persson Giolito (Sweden. Attending thanks to the support of The Embassy of Sweden) – Quicksand was awarded the Best Crime Novel of the Year Award 2016

 Author:  Carl Frode Tiller (Norway. Attending thanks to support from NORLA) – His awards include the European Union Prize for Literature and Nordic Critics Prize .

 Author: Iman Verjee – Winner of the 2012 Peters Fraser & Dunlop/City University Prize for Fiction for her debut novel In Between Dreams.

 Author: Alex Wheatle (UK) – the Brixton Bard’ Alex was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to literature in 2008.

 Author: Zoe Whittall (Canada. Attending thanks to support from Canada Council for the Arts) – Award-winning Canadian author won a Lambda Literary award, was shortlisted for the Relit award, and was an American Library Association’s Stonewall Honor Book

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