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English Alive Submissions 2018

English Alive Submissions 2018


English Alive is an 80-page annual anthology of high school students’ writing

  • It doesn’t matter what you want to write about, or whether you want to write a poem, an essay, a short story … just make sure it’s real, make sure it’s you, make sure it matters.
  • What English Alive wants and needs is real genuine originality – in thought, idea, imagination, form, structure, etc., etc.


Students: Submit your piece/s of writing (5 max.) by email as a Word document in Times New Roman 12pt to editor@englishalive.org.za

  • Closing date: 1 April 2018.
  • See the Presentation Guidelines to be followed below.


English Teachers: Email us your students’ work and an electronic copy of your literary journal or yearbook or magazine.

    • Please ensure that they follow the Presentation Guidelines.
    • Order class sets of English Alive for class use.
    • Order library-copies of previous English Alive collections.


Art Teachers: Encourage your students to submit artwork or photographs that will make a good cover for English Alive 2018.

  • The cover-size is A5 portrait-format; the design-size is 170mm x 125mm.
  • The piece submitted does not have to be that size, but its proportions should be appropriate to that size.
  • Exclude the words ‘English Alive 2018’.
  • Email your artwork as a high-resolution JPEG 300+dpi to editor@englishalive.org.za

Students, Teachers: Submit now.

  • Closing date for entries: 1 APRIL 2018 – late entries accepted until 1 May 2018 but no later, please!
  • Email to: editor@englishalive.org.za (as a Word document in Times New Roman 12pt)


Guidelines on presentation

Please follow this format:

  • In Review, click on Language, then set the proofing language as ‘English (South Africa)’; for older versions of Word, click the bottom-centre of your screen and set as ‘English (South Africa)’
  • Submit only as a Word .doc (no PDFs, no jpegs)
  • Use only Times New Roman 12 pt
  • Type the title flush-left in 12 pt and in bold (no underlining). Use u.c. initial letter and then l.c. for the rest of the title
  • If it’s a poem that you want to centre, then centre the title as well
  • Leave a 1-line space between title and body of piece
  • Then click Page Layout/Format and click Paragraph for the following:
    – On the left, set all at 0
    – On the right, for poems, set Special at (none); for prose, set First Line at 1cm
    – For all pieces, set Line Spacing at Single
  •  After your piece, leave a 1-line space
  • Type your name flush-left, followed by a comma
  • On the same line type your school (no Grade and no age)
  • Italicise both name and school
  • Do not ever use two character-spaces before new sentences – or anywhere
  • Avoid any underlining or under-scoring

A few more points of advice

  • Leave your spell- and grammar-check facility ON – it will self-correct some of your mistyping.
  • Check your spelling and grammar after you’ve finished (under ‘Review/Tools’ click on ‘Spelling and Grammar’).
  • After that, using your ‘Control’ and ‘Arrow Forward’, move your cursor from word to word as you re-read right through your piece – you’ll pick up slips and mistypes and omissions.
  • Do not read for sense: read the words you have typed. Read what is actually there, not what you expect to be there.
  • Because inclusion in the anthology depends on the editors reading what you have submitted, it is sensible to present as near-perfect a piece as you can – even good writing creates an unfavourable impression if it is littered with errors and is unchecked, unedited, and not properly proofread.