About EA - English Alive
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About EA

Learn more about English Alive and our mission

What is English Alive?

English Alive is an annual anthology of writing in high schools and secondary colleges in southern Africa (i.e. Grades 8–12).

English Alive through the years

The first edition of English Alive was published in 1967, and it has been published every year since then. Approximately 70 pieces of poetry and prose of all sorts and about anything are selected for publication each year. Robin Malan was one of the founding editors in 1967, and, over the 50 years of its existence, has edited more than 20 editions. For the 2018 edition, there are two co-editors, Robin Malan and Twanji Kalula, with two assistant editors, Naeelah Lawrence and Sharon Sheldon. Any high school student is invited to submit one piece or a small number of pieces (a maximum of five), either independently or through their school. You can submit at any time of the year.

The closing date for submissions each year is 1 April (we allow for late-posted entries until 1 May).

Email your piece(s) in Times New Roman 12 pt to editor@englishalive.org.za . (Please don’t use other fonts or sizes, unless it is essential for the piece.)

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 editor@englishalive.org.za.

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.

English Alive Co-Editors Robin Malan and Twanji Kalula

and the very many contributors

Too many to mention individually!


Many students who submitted to English Alive have since become professional published writers, e.g. the poet Jeremy Cronin (Former Deputy Minister of Public Works and Administration), the prose-writer Henrietta Rose-Innes (winner of the 2008 Caine Prize for African Writing), the dramatist Nadia Davids, the novelist Shaun Johnson (winner of the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize (Africa Region): Best Book), etc.


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