Competition: Mzansi’s youth, tell us your stories!

Millennials – the age group of people who were born between the late 1980s and early 1990s – get a lot of flak for all kinds of things. Everyone seems to know what they are doing wrong, or what they should be doing better.

Life is rough! Student debt is high; jobs are scarce; relationships are messy; family responsibility… issa lot! Millennials have a unique term for it – “adulting”.

This June, Heartlines wants to hear the honest, raw, unfiltered side of your adulting stories. What’s it like being young in Mzansi in 2018? What are your struggles? And what are some of the things that keep you hopeful about your future here?

As part of our What’s Your Story? initiative, Heartlines is running a storytelling competition for the month of June, where young adults between the ages of 19 and 30 can win prizes for simply sharing what it is like being young in Mzansi. These stories will not only give a glimpse into the challenges faced by millennial youths, they will also give a glimpse into what the future looks like.

And because we know your struggle is real, the prizes up for grabs include data bundles and a work experience at Heartlines, producer of award-winning films and values-based projects.

See details below and tell us your story!



Criteria for stories

Stories submitted to the competition should:

  • Add to understanding, empathy, trust, cohesion and reconciliation – not only amongst different races but also across class, socio-economic, religion, intergenerational and other lines
  • Inspire us to get to know the stories of those around us
  • Empower us to get to know and understand each other better
  • Be clear and concise, the more specific the better
  • Detail a ‘ moment’ or turning point in the entrant’s story


Competition terms and conditions

  1. The What’s Your Story? Youth Month Competition is operated by Heartlines and is open to all young people between the ages of 19 and 30 who reside in South Africa.
  2. The competition commences on Wednesday 6 June and closes Thursday 28 June 2018.
  3. To take part, entrants must submit a story that talks about their experience of being a young person in South Africa. Entrants must enter an original, accurate story of their own experiences and not those of the other parties.
  4. Entrants’ stories should not offend or promote violence and hate.
  5. Stories can be submitted in video, audio or written format. They should be five hundred (500) words if in written format, three (3) minutes max if in video format, and five (5) minutes if in audio. Audio stories are to be recorded using the entrant’s phone recorder app and not the voice note function on WhatsApp.
  6. Stories can be submitted on or via WhatsApp on 081 726 2857.
  7. By submitting, entrants grant Heartlines the permission to use and publish their story. The story may also be used for promotional purposes for Heartlines and Heartlines-affiliated campaigns, and may also be edited for clarity and brevity.
  8. The top ten entries will be featured on the Heartlines website as part of the What’s Yours Story? No compensation will be given for these stories, unless otherwise stipulated.
  9. Entrants must also enter one photograph of themselves, preferably related to their story, for use of promotion of the story (and other promotional purposes for Heartlines related to the What’s Your Story? initiative) on social media should their story be selected.
  10. Heartlines shall not be held responsible for any fabrications. Entrants agree that the information in their stories is correct, and that there are no details within that put individuals’ lives at risk.

Competition prizes

Throughout the month of June, Heartlines will award prizes weekly.
Winners will be randomly selected.
Prizes will be given to entrants who are selected as winners; as well as those who share, like and comment the most on our posts.
The competition will run from 6 – 28 June.

Prizes will include but are not limited to:

  • Data bundles
  • Beyond the River movie merchandise, including the DVD, USBs, caps, the novelised version of the film, as well as notepads.
  • A Heartlines one-month work experience; starting in July, which will be offered as the grand prize. The winner must not be in full time employment and must be able to get themselves to Heartlines in Dunkeld, Johannesburg for the period of the work experience.


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