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Mhudi Playwriting Competition


The Competition

This playwriting competition is a search for an African adaptation of Sol T Plaatje’s ‘MHUDI’, first published in 1930.

There is no entry fee.

Closing date for submissions: 16th December 2021 at 23h00 (South African Time)

All entrants are subject to the following conditions:

  • Ideally the play adaptation will be written, for the majority, in English.
  • Entrants are required to submit their manuscript by electronic submission only.
  • Each entrant can only submit one script and authored by one playwright only.
  • Any adaptation may not be under option or scheduled for a professional production or publication at the time of submission.
  • Plays must be in a professional format
  • The prize and production of the adaptation are contingent on the playwright agreeing to the terms and conditions.
  • African Shadow Productions reserve the right to not choose a winner for any reason and reserve the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner.
  • The adaptation must have a title page, a brief paragraph describing the adaptation, list of characters and list of acts and scenes.
  • A cash prize of R40,000.00 (ZAR) is available for the winner
  • If, for whatever reason, no winner is declared then the prize fund will be equally distributed to the best four playwrights and there will be no production.
  • Subject to conditions, the winning adaptation will be produced.
  • The result of the competition will be announced on or before the 31st January 2022.


Submissions must:

  • Be in a professional format
  • Have a title page
  • Include a brief description of the play
  • Include a list of characters
  • Include a list of acts and scenes
  • Either upload your manuscript with the link below or email to

Full details on www.mhudicompetition.com

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