My heart bursts its banks, spilling beauty and goodness. I pour it out in a poem to the king, shaping the river into words. (Psalm 45:1)

Welcome to our new blog!

Note that this blog is primarily for members of CWOSA. Only those members who have signed up as authors to the blog are able to post on this site, although all may leave comments.

You may not pass on any posts from this blog without permission of the author, but you may pass on a link if you wish to share something written.

To join CWOSA, you are required to either be a Christian writer or aspiring writer who lives in Southern Africa, or a Southern African Christian writer living overseas. If you qualify and wish to learn more, click on this link.


1. Read the topmost post, then click on "comments".
2. Read the last comment to see the most recent addition to the story.
3. Copy/past the entire story to date into a new comment box.
4. Add a further three words.
5. Click on Comment as. If you are signed in, your name will appear. Click on Publish.
6. If you're not signed in, click the small dropdown arrow, and select Name/URL. Give us the name we know you as, and click on Publish.

Remember! This is meant to be a story!
Have fun!

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Golden Baobab - Call for Submissions

Thanks to Fi for sending this in. Please note that any queries should go to the addresses at the bottom of the poster, not to CWOSA! Don't forget to follow the guidelines to the letter!

The 2012 Call for Submissions for the Golden Baobab Prize

Golden Baobab 2012- Call for Submissions


Dear Friend:

It is a pleasure to announce the ongoing Golden Baobab Prize, a literary award that annually invites entries of unpublished African-inspired stories written for an audience of ages 8-11 years or 12-15 years.  The mission of the Golden Baobab Prize is to identify the African literary giants of the next generation and produce excellent stories that will be appreciated for years to come.

This year the prize will award $1,000 to the best story in the junior category as well as the senior category and $800 to the most promising young writer (18 years and below). Beyond that, the Golden Baobab Prize offers to connect outstanding stories with African and international publishers. The Prize is open to African citizens of all ages. Deadline for submission is June 24, 2012.

Please help us spread the word about the Golden Baobab Prize by:
1. Forwarding this email with the poster to interested persons or organizations.
2. Encouraging eligible persons (i.e. African citizens of all ages)within your networks to write and submit their stories.
3. Printing out and putting up our catchy poster attached. It should only take a minute!

The Golden Baobab seeks to ensure that in the next ten years every young African will have access to excellent quality literature that they can relate to. We solicit your support in making this a reality. Plesse help spread the word.

Our website:


Maureen Atebawone
Programs Associate & Prize Co-ordinator- The Golden Baobab Prize

Sunday, 08 April 2012

God's Open Day

I recently had the privilege to attend the Pearson High School Open Day…a time of introduction to all new parents and students. Coming from Switzerland and an entirely different educational system, this was all so new to me, but even some of my South African friends said that, coming from Primary School, it seemed like a whole new world - a world we didn’t even know it existed. So much more to do; so much more to aspire to…so many new people to meet. Quite overwhelming at first, but exciting nonetheless. On that evening, the admission rules were explained to us. This new school, this new world is reserved for some. Yes, anyone can apply, but only 160 students will be admitted. That’s the reality, these are the limits set by the authority in charge. However, somewhere amongst the application forms there was a piece of paper that stated a very important part of the admission rules…and that is that admission is guaranteed if you live in the vicinity of the school. It said that if Pearson High is your nearest High School and if you are a rightful resident of Summerstrand, then you will not be refused entry. What a relief to know! Especially in the presence of the 500 odd people present who might all be applying later.
Why am I telling you all this…?
Easter is coming up…and I have been pondering over this thought for a while…EASTER IS JESUS’ OPEN DAY…! He came; He made His presentation. Heaven is His world, a world we don’t know but it exists, far beyond any imagination. God wants all of us to be there one day. Anyone can apply. Not everyone will be granted a spot. But I have some really GOOD NEWS! There is a  little detail lots of people keep overlooking…if Jesus is your friend…if you live in the vicinity of the cross he died on, admission for you is GUARANTEED! Yes, you may fail a grade or two…you might mess up your very next exam, but if you live with Jesus in your heart, your grades don’t matter. You will get in.
This vicinity thing is really important because it is easy to be worried. Many people worry if they will go to heaven one day, just like many parents have asked me since that Open Day…”What if you don’t get in?”…”Will you apply to any other High School?”…and my answer is always NO. None. This is the only one we will apply for. No doubt it is the best for us and the good news is we live nearby. Some parents seem to worry, even though they live near the school too. Perhaps they did not read the small print and now the devil can sneak in a thought of worry. “Are you sure your child will be accepted?” or “What if his grades don’t measure up?” I have had lots of thoughts that I am not good enough for heaven, and many a time where I have sinned and the devil tried to convince me that I would not make “the cut”. But that is when I go and read the small print of God’s promise again for in the bible it says that if you are a friend of Jesus and you make him your Lord, you WILL get into heaven. Your behaviour is not the deciding factor, but your closeness to Jesus is. So the only question for you over this Easter is this: is he your friend? DO YOU LIVE NEAR THE CROSS? Why not make him your friend this Easter and make sure your admission is guaranteed? Jesus was here. He had His Open Day and He is reminding us every Easter. He has enough space for all of us. He died and he rose and HE IS COMING BACK.
I think even the devil knows that his time is almost up…almost every new action movie released is dealing with some kind of “impending return”…people are sensing it…and the devil is trying to advertise his own team. He will do anything to keep you distracted and busy and away from Jesus. But remember - Easter is Jesus’ Open Day! You have to make your choice. Do I want to be in or out? And remember the small print…so move your heart to the cross and DECLARE JESUS YOUR FRIEND…it will be well worth it! Is there any other heaven you would want to go? No. None. This is where I want to go and I hope to see all of YOU there! Have a Happy Easter!