The winning contributions will be published by SA PEN and NEW AFRICA BOOKS in the first of an annual series of books of new creative writing, entitled New Writing from Southern Africa. For the first volume, to be published in 2005, the Award will be for short story writing. In future years, prizes will be awarded for the best contributions in genres to be decided by the editorial board.
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. Young writers from South Africa and other countries in the SADC region are invited to submit no later than November 30, 2004. Age limit is 40 or younger.
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 totaling $10,000 annually for the initial three years.