Huisgenoot, 13 November 2014

Huisgenoot_13 November 2014

Huisgenoot is turning 100 years old…! Well, in 2016 :-). But they’re planning in advance. Far in advance! As part of their upcoming 100th celebration, they’re shooting a movie! And the storyline is that of one of their readers! (read more below)

Huisgenoot_13 November 2014

In the latest issue, editor Henriëtte announces this exciting project in her weekly editor’s letter.

Huisgenoot_13 November 2014

Huisgenoot then also explains in detail what is required, and “how to write a romantic comedy”, which is what the movie should/has to be about. (For the full details, you’ll have to buy the latest issue)

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To take it a step further, one of their journalists wrote her own ‘romantic comedy’ story, to illustrate to readers what they’re expecting of entries.

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But what’s up for grabs? To be honest, I think not enough… If your winning story is the one that creates the storyline for this new upcoming Afrikaans movie, then you’ll win the following:

  • “The chance for your story to be created in a movie”
  • An Olympus TG-835 digital camera (Value: R4 500)
  • Cash prize of R5 000
  • (The 2nd and 3rd place winner also get a camera of the same value, but a cash prize of R3 000 and R2 000 respectively…)

Mmm… I would actually want royalties as well… but that’s just me. I’m sure there are 1 000’s of Huisgenoot readers who would give their story to Huisgenoot for FREE, but I think the prizes as they are at the moment, is a bit too weak for the amount of effort they’re expecting of readers. They’ve given away much bigger prizes for much less work expected from readers.

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But that being said, I think it’s a great initiative of Huisgenoot, and I’m sure the movie and the whole campaign will be a great success!

Let the countdown begin to 20 May 2016, when it will be their 100th Birthday!


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