Two new major writing competitions have been launched in South Africa to discover and promote new creative writers in the region.
South Afica's two Nobel prize winners for literature, J.M. Coetzee and Nadine Gordimer, are lending their weight to the new awards by chairing the panels of judges which will include other prominent writers and publishers. The awards are for a short story and for a first novel.
The first award has been established by the South African Centre of International PEN (SA PEN), in partnership with HSBC Bank and NEW AFRICA BOOKS. In a sponsorship arrangement which makes this one of the most financially rewarding literary competitions in southern Africa, international banking giant, HSBC, will provide cash prizes totalling US$10 000 annually for the initial three years. The winner of the 2005 HSBC / SA PEN Literary Award will receive $5 000 and those placed second and third will receive $3 000 and $2 000 respectively. For the 2005 Award, young writers from South Africa and other countries in the SADC region are invited to submit original, previously unpublished short stories. International PEN, the literary organisation to which SA PEN is affiliated, has 130 centres throughout the world and has undertaken to publicise the new series in its global journal. The award will be judged by a panel chaired by Nobel laureate J. M. Coetzee. All contributions must be written in English. The closing date is 30 November 2004. More.
The second award, for first/unpublished novels in English, to be judged by a panel chaired by Nadine Gordimer, has been launched by the Embassies / High Commissions of the European Union in South Africa. The award aims to encourage new South African writing in EU countries. The winning submission will be awarded zaR25,000. South African writers can submit a first, unpublished novel to Jacana Publishers, who will publish the award-winning novel. The award (R25,000) includes a trip to a literary festival in Europe and an invitation to the Winternachten Festival in the Netherlands. This project is supported by the Royal Netherlands Embassy, The Goethe Institut, The French Embassy / IFAS, The British Council, Jacana Publishers, ThisDay and SAfm. More -- includingf rules of entry -- at Jacanda Media.
(Source: New Contrast)