Got a story to tell?
Want to see it published?

Now’s your chance to share what’s in your head with the world. Central City Comics, along with Tall Tales and My EBook presents Authors Assemble: a short story writing competition with a difference.

If you are in Grade 8 -12 and have an original tale of horror, sci-fi, fantasy or the downright bizarre to tell, we’d love to read it. The top stories will be selected and collected into a short story eBook anthology and released on for the world to share. The top three tales will each win cash prizes along with other goodies. The stories will be judged by 4 authors and writing experts.

Get writing!


What is expected

  • Short stories of 1000 – 4000 words focussing on the theme of superheroes, fantasy, sci-fi or horror fiction
  • High-quality, original work that will delight, intrigue and amuse


1st place R1500 cash

2nd place R750 cash

3rd place R500 cash

  • Winners will also receive store vouchers to be redeemed at Central City Comics
  • The work of all winners and finalists will be compiled and published in a digital anthology which will be available for free download on
  • All finalists will be invited to attend a workshop with one of the judges to help them further develop their writing skills.

How to enter

  • Complete the online entry form on the righthand side which includes a declaration of originality and consent by a parent/guardian
  • Upload the required documents and your original story
  • Entries close 13 November 2017


Entry Form


Meet our judges:

LeeLee Herrmann is a writer and all-round lover of pop culture and zombie expert. He is a co-founder of Tall Tales Publishing, co-owner of Central City Comics and author of the SAZA trilogy.

Nas Hoosen Nas Hoosen is a writer and illustrator. He's one of the founders of Sector Comics, a South African comics anthology. He also co-created Red Air - a psychedelic sci-fi horror about astronauts fighting evil pop music - with artist Ben Rausch. He has written for The Guardian, Dazed And Confused, BBC Online Radio and Huck Magazine in the UK. He dreams of naps.

Abi GodsellAbi Godsell has been writing sci-fi, horror, fantasy and urban magic short stories since 2006 with a number of her stories published in speculative fiction anthology magazine Something Wicked, the first when she was just 16 years old. Abi is an engineering student at Wits University.

Dave HendersonDave Henderson is an entrepreneurial genius. He is the founder of MyeBook, a blog-business aimed at empowering African authors and giving them a voice within the vibrant global self-publishing community.

Tall Tales

Tall Tales Publishing is the creation of Stephen Lewis and Lee Herrmann. In 2012, Lee and Stephen took it upon themselves to meet the growing demands of readers searching for Zombie-related content told from a South African perspective.

At the heart of Tall Tales Publishing is the desire to deliver imaginative and unique stories. The result has been three books, all of which have been well-received by critics and readers alike.

We look forward to receiving your utterly original, scary or out-there stories! Get creative!

Terms and Conditions

  • Each candidate may enter a maximum of 3 short stories
  • All work must be in English
  • No candidate may win more than one prize, if multiple entries are submitted the judges will base the scoring off of the strongest entry by the candidate
  • Entry is open to individuals in Grade 8-12 residing in South Africa
  • Candidates can interpret and represent the theme in any way they choose
  • Stories that appear to be entirely unrelated to the theme will not be considered
  • Use a font such as Arial or Times New Roman, size 12 or more
  • Use 1.5 or double spacing between lines.
  • Make use of a clear line between paragraphs rather than indenting
  • All stories entered must be edited and polished by the candidate
  • Submissions must consist of text only. No illustrations are allowed
  • Submissions must be the unaided work of the candidate and in no way violate any existing copyright
  • No fan fiction or use of copyrighted characters may be entered
  • Candidates must own full copyright to the story submitted
  • Copyright and ownership of all stories remain with the author but prize winners and authors who submit work must give permission to have their work published
  • Note that stories will be edited, in association with the writers, in order to ensure a publication of the highest standard
  • Neither the authors nor the creators of the competition/publisher will receive royalties from the anthology
  • The competition closes at midnight on 13 November 2017
  • Candidates may be contacted by Tall Tales/ Central City comics to verify details and identification
  • Prize winners will be notified via email
  • Prize money will be paid via electronic transfer
  • The judges' decision is final; no disputes will be entered into
  • If your entry has not been acknowledged within 72 hours, please contact us –your mail may have gotten lost in transit
  • Organisers reserve the right to extend the competition deadline, or cancel the competition should the entries not be of publishable quality or up to the required standard
  • Entries may not be submitted under pseudonyms
  • Candidates whose stories are selected will be expected to submit a good quality head and shoulders photograph suitable for publication
  • Entries that do not comply with the rules will be disqualified
  • The work of all winners and finalists will be compiled and published in a digital anthology which will be available for free download on