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Here’s a little thank you gift from Modjaji Books

Book MarkWe’re giving all of our Facebook Friends and Likers a small gift – a R100 voucher to buy books off our website. Choose your book/s and when you check out, use the coupon “facebook” (all lower space and no quotation marks) to claim your R100 voucher. It’s a small way of saying thank you! The R100 gift voucher is on offer till the end of July 2015.

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*You do need to LIKE our Facebook page in order to take advantage of this offer.
*Only one voucher per person.

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Looking for Trouble: Micro competition for Short Story Day Africa

To celebrate Short Story Day Africa, here’s a micro competition run by me, the author of the collection.Most of the stories in the collection, Looking for Trouble are set in a Joburg suburb, what is the name of the suburb and the name of the famous street which is actually not in that suburb, but in the next one along?

Anyone can enter. If you win, the book will be posted to you wherever you are. There are 3 copies up for grabs, the competition is running on my Facebook page and via Twitter @modjaji_bks and here. Make sure you register your answer somewhere on one of these online spaces to qualify.

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Book Launch: Team Trinity by Fiona Snyckers

Modjaji Books and Skoobs, Theatre of Books are delighted to invite you to the launch of Fiona Snyckers’ third book, Team Trinity.

Join us for a launch with a difference that includes writers, Fiona Snyckers, Joanne Macgregor, Sinovuyo Nkonki and Kathryn White discussing the topic, “Changing with the times: who decides what teenagers should be reading?”.

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Skoobs is running a writing competition for teenage writers, the prize-giving will happen at the launch. See below for more info.

Calling all teenage writers! Flash fiction is the hottest new genre on the block. It’s an extreme form of short-story writing. Think short, sharp and shocking. Send us your flash fiction story of no more than 300 words on the following topic – ‘A Controlling Relationship’. It could be about any kind of relationship you choose: a girlfriend and boyfriend, two friends, a brother and sister, a parent and child, strangers on a plane. The choice is yours. If your story is chosen as one of the best, you will be invited to read it out loud at the launch of Team Trinity. You will also win an awesome gift pack of some of the coolest South African Young Adult fiction around. Entries to be e-mailed by 27th May to

Event Details

  • Date: Saturday, 01 June 2013
  • Time: 4:00 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Skoobs, Theatre of Books, Champagne Bar, Shop 74 Montecasino, 1 Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways
  • Refreshments: Refreshments will be served
  • RSVP: Helco Promotions,, 082 452 9488

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Celebrating World Book Day

To celebrate World Book Day and our 6th Birthday, we’re making the following offer. Buy one of our books direct from us and Modjaji will donate a book to Westridge High, the Book Lounge’s 2013 Library project school. You can buy any title – we will post it to you. And then you can either choose a Modjaji title of similar value or leave us to choose the title and we will donate that book to the school.

We will also have a lucky draw and one of the people who plays the game will get to choose a free book for themselves in addition to the book they bought.

When I started working at the Centre for the Book in 2001, we worked hard on World Book Day, getting a poster together, organising events in schools, collating all the related happenings around the country. This is my small contribution to this year’s World Book Day events.

If you want to participate email me at cdhiggs at or call at 0727743546

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Popularising Poetry: Photography Competition

Kerry Hammerton is compiling a collection of recent poetry mainly published by Modjaji Books. We are planning to make the book visually appealing, which is where the photographs come in.

Poetry is often accused of being too literary and highbrow, obscure and unintelligible. But poetry is often written from the heart, giving the reader a glimpse of an experience that echoes their own. An echo that can provide a moment of illumination or clarity, an aaahh! moment.

Promoting and publishing poetry is one of the cornerstones of the work of Modjaji Books*, an independent press that publishes the work of southern African women writers. Work that is true to the spirit of the Modjaji the rain queen: a powerful female force for good, growth, new life, regeneration.

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Modjaji Books is compiling an anthology of poems by southern African women poets. The anthology will feature accessible, vibrant poetry. In this anthology Modjaji would like to feature photographs that speak to and complement the poems selected, photographs by southern African women photographers.

Modjaji Books is hosting this photography competition to identify the photographs that can speak to the poetry in the anthology.

There is no specific subject for the competition. Instead photographers are encouraged to think about one or more of these words or ideas: fecund, fruitfulness, eros, symmetry, exuberance, sexiness, subtle, outrageousness, decoration, feminine impulses, juiciness – as they apply to life in southern Africa – and interpret these in a photograph.

The successful photographs will be featured in the anthology. In addition, at least ten of the top photographs selected will form part of an exhibition. (Date still to be determined – but will be in line with one of the literary events happening in Cape Town in 2012)

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Please submit your black and white photographs (up to five) as attachments to

Please give your photograph(s) a title and in the body of your email please include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Address
  • Telephone Number
  • Email
  • Title/s of your work
  • Photo process
  • Website (if relevant)
  • How you heard about this competition
  • Other information pertinent to your submission.

The closing date of the competition is 31 May 2012. Please address any queries to

Please ensure that your work adheres to the following competition rules:

Competition Rules

1. This competition is open to all women photographers – amateur and professional – living in southern Africa – that is South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia.

2. Photographs must be in black and white

3. There is no entry fee.

4. You must be the photographer and owner of the copyright for any image entered.

5. Entrants can submit a maximum of five images to this contest.

6. Please keep digital manipulation such as cloning and compositing to a minimum; your photograph should faithfully represent the scene as you saw it.

7. HDR images and stitched panoramas are not allowed.

8. Submitted images should be 1024 pixels along the long edge and less than 800kb in size.

9. Please do not include a border.

10. A subtle watermark may be included but it must not detract from the image.

11. Photographers retain full rights to their work. Modjaji Books requests use of accepted images for the purpose of marketing the book and exhibition.

12. By entering this competition, you grant us a non-exclusive license to display your photograph in connection with this contest. Photographers will always be credited alongside their image.

13. We may allow other websites to display a selection of the winning/highly commended images in order to publicise the results of this contest. Photographers will always be credited alongside their image.

14. The winning photographs will be selected by a panel of judges that include Kerry Hammerton, Modjaji poet and Colleen Higgs, owner of Modjaji Books.

15. Winning photographs will be published in the Modjaji anthology of poems. Successful photographers will receive a free copy of the book and the option to purchase further copies at a discounted rate of 50% of the Recommend Retail Price.

16. At least the top 10 photographs will be exhibited in an exhibition. Date to be determined but will be in line with one of the literary events happening in Cape Town in 2012.

17. The winning photographers will be notified by email and the winning names will be published on the Modjaji Books website and Blog (including Facebook) within 14 days after selection. A selection of images may also be displayed.

18. Please note that entries are kept private (i.e. you cannot browse the other submissions).

19. The deadline for entry is 31 May 2012

20. No responsibility is accepted for late, lost or misdirected mail or any errors or failures in internet or other communications.

21. Modjaji Books reserves the right to cancel or modify the competition.

Modjaji Books is committed to “making rain for southern African women writers and all readers”. More information about Modjaji Books can be found at and

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