I decided to post the media statement as is, so the terms and conditions are clear.
Room to Read is currently promoting its first Local Language Publishing Writing Competition that is open to all writers over the age of 18.
There are cash prizes of R10 000 each for the best five stories.
Independent judges, who will be looking for such qualities as originality, imagination and flair, will read the entries.
Most importantly, they will consider how the story will appeal to children from a range of South African backgounds.
The purpose of this competition is to encourage the writing and production of children's literature in South Africa, especially in indigenous languages.
We plan to publish the best of these works in 2008.
The competition is not open to Room to Read South Africa staff and their immediate families and the judges of the competition.
Authors must be 18 and over.
No entries will be returned and Room to Read South Africa will not be accountable for any entries that do not reach our office.
Room to Read South Africa will publish the winning manuscripts only if they meet our publishing requirements.
Non-winning entries may also qualify for publication.
Room to Read South Africa has the right to edit and revise the manuscripts according to their requirements.
The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
There is no restriction on the number of entries made by any one person; however, an official entry form must accompany each separate entry.