English Alive

English Alive is an annual anthology of writing from high schools and secondary colleges in southern Africa. The first edition of English Alive was published in 1967, and it has been published every year since. Join the Facebook group!

Many students who submitted to English Alive have become professional writers, including Jeremy Cronin, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Nadia Davids, Shaun Johnson and many more.

Any high school student may submit independently or through their school. You can submit one piece or a small number of pieces. You can submit at any time of the year. The closing date each year is 1 April (late-posted entries have until 1 May).

Submit

Any high school student may submit independently or through their school. You can submit one piece or a small number of pieces. You can submit at any time of the year. The closing date each year is 1 April (late-posted entries have until 1 May).

The easiest way to submit is to email your piece(s) in Times New Roman 12 pt to englishalive@iafrica.com. (Please don’t use other fonts or sizes, unless it is essential for the piece.)

Or you can post them to: English Alive Box 23912 Claremont 7735.

Remember to put your name and school after each piece, i.e. below it. (We don’t need to know your age or Grade.)

Publication is usually around mid-August each year.

We also invite students to submit artwork for consideration for the cover. Send this by email as a high-resolution 300 dpi jpg to englishalive@iafrica.com.

English Alive is not a competition: there are no cups or cheques handed out for ‘the best’ pieces of writing. Publication is the acknowledgement of writing of quality.

A last cautionary note. Plagiarism is theft, theft of someone else’s words and ideas. No one would want to be guilty of that. Original thinking and original writing are so much more worthwhile!

Buy

To pay for your copies, make a direct deposit to English Alive, account 071491023, Standard Bank, branch 025009 (Rondebosch).

You must email proof of payment to orders@englishalive.org.za, or post proof of payment to English Alive, SACEE, Box 23912, Claremont 7735.

If you would rather fill out the order form on paper and post it, download the form here (PDF).

Alumni

Who’s been published in English Alive? Too many to list here! Many students who submitted to English Alive have become professional writers, including Jeremy Cronin, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Nadia Davids, Shaun Johnson and many more.

See pieces by them and other ex-_English Alive_ writers in Leaves to a Tree compiled by Robin Malan, published by David Philip imprint of New Africa Books 99 Garfield Road Claremont 7735 email orders@newafricabooks.co.za.

Here’s the news of ex-English Alivers culled from the 2007, 2008 and 2009 editions of the anthology:

News of ex-English Alivers 2007

News of ex-English Alivers 2008

News of ex-English Alivers 2009