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Terms & Conditions
The JBF Poster Competition requires all entrants to submit a handmade poster, A4 size. This year the theme is on Children's Literature & Childhood. The JBF encourages children to read and to write. Your poster must be handmade and must encourage children to read and to write. Your poster can be hand-drawn or painted. You can use chalk, pencil, crayons, colour crayons or paint or cloth. Posters can be in full colour or black and white.
The important thing is that this must be your own original work. You can do the poster alone or with a group of friends. You can only enter more than one entry. Please do not copy from a book, or tv series or a movie. Use your imagination to engage other children. The JBF will reproduce the winning posters to encourage children to read and to write.
Entry is open to Grades 4 to 10.
Each pupil can enter as an individual or as a group, but the group must be of the same age and/or grade. All entry's supplied must also include the full name(s), age, grade and school on the reverse as well as a "Title" of the poster.
  • Only Poster Entries on an A4 page will be accepted.
  • Only prize winners/ schools with prize-winners, will be notified. All Prizes will be awarded during the annual JBF in September 2015.
  • The list of winners will also be published on the Jozi Book Fair website by 1 June. Only the winners will be notified via the school they have entered from.
  • No entries will be returned and will be included in an exhibition at the annual JBF 2015.
  • The Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Competition Terms of conditions.pdf


Our theme for 2015:

What People say about Jozi Book Fair 2014!!!

Comrade Maria

I'm back in Ohio. I'd like to thank you and Oupa and your staff for the wonderful time I had there.
Zakes [Mda, Guest of the JBF] 
Dear Maria
I am the one who should be saying thank you for doing what you are doing for South Africa. What you are doing is selfless. So on behalf of South Africa and everyone who attended the JBF thank you and I will personally continue to support you wherever I can. Please also pass my gratitude to everyone who is involved behind the scenes in making JBF a success. A million thanks.
Onkabetse Pooe (journalist)


To everyone who supported this year’s fair, especially the children, school youth, students and book clubs, all our readers and writers, panelists, moderators, the media and the public, the JBF thanks you most sincerely.
A special thanks to the Guest of the Fair, Zakes Mda. Zakes you inspired us, lifted our spirits and encouraged us with your work and your generosity of spirit.
Despite 20 years of democracy, it is clear that building a reading and writing culture in all South Africa’s languages will take dedication, time, patience and love. Thank you most sincerely for contributing to building this movement, the JBF is but a platform, we cannot do it alone.
We will communicate with you to assess the fair and plan for 2015!
Maria van Driel


Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Elizabeth Thabethe & Director of Jozi Book fair Dr. Maria Van Driel.