FunDza is helping to develop and grow South Africa’s writing talent.
Young writers can send in their work for publication on the Fanz section of the site. Currently the poetry is published with no editing, and the essays and stories are given a light edit.
FunDza also runs regular Writing Challenges through WhatsApp. These provide aspirant writers with a very specific writing topic and format. They can submit their writing through WhatsApp, and the top entries are re-published on WhatsApp and the fundza.mobi site too.
FunDza also hosts regular writing competitions with exciting prizes.
Fanz writers can become part of the FunDza community by joining the closed Facebook group – FunDza Fanz Writers Forum – though which they can meet other writers and share their work.
Our mentorship programme pairs up promising writers with experienced writing mentors to write a ‘FunDza story’. We are proud to have mentors such as Sifiso Mzobe and Masha Du Toit, who have mentored young writers such as Njabulo Goba and Yonela Gatyeni, who have become part of our professional stable.
FunDza runs a yearly formal Fellowship programme for Fanz writers who show promise. They participate in an online course covering various aspects of writing, and also attend online workshops. Their final works are published on fundza.mobi, thus growing our content pool.