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Invitation for the 2016 submissions

Opening date: 1st March 2016

Closing date: 30th May 2016                                                           

Invitation

The wRite associates, in partnership with the national Department of Arts and Culture, invite South African writers to submit their work for the South African Literary Awards 2016.

Background

The main aim of the South African Literary Awards is to pay tribute to South African writers who have distinguished themselves as groundbreaking producers and creators of literature, while it celebrates literary excellence in the depiction and sharing of South Africa’s histories, value systems and philosophies and art as inscribed and preserved in all the languages of South Africa, particularly the official languages. The awards aim to become the most prestigious and respected literary accolades in South African literature.

Selections are made from published authors whose primary input is in imaginative writing – fiction as well as creative non-fiction. The work must demonstrate good linguistic presentation, the nation’s identity, the societal values, universal truths, and cultural aesthetics, contribution to social cohesion and nation building and transcendence of time. To date, SALA has honoured one hundred and forty seven (147) recipients since its inception in 2005.

General rules

  1. The work must be original
  2. The submissions must follow the criteria
  3. Only South African official languages are considered
  4. All categories accept work in all eleven official languages
  5. Nominations must be accompanied by an endorsement of the author and/or publisher
  6. The authors contact detail ( telephone/cell and email) must be included in the nomination form, and, where requested, age/birthdate
  7. Ten copies of the book/publication must be submitted with a nomination form each
  8. All the submitted copies, whether successful or not, will not be returned to the submitting party
  9. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  10. Work that has previously won under any category does not qualify
  11. Set books are not accepted
  12. Submissions sent by electronic mail (email) or facsimile (fax), will be automatically disqualified and will not be replied to.
  13. Late submissions will not be accepted

Categories and criteria

  1. Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award
  • Only short story collections by one author will be considered
  • No age restriction
  • Only works published in 2014 – 2015 will be accepted
  1. Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award
  • The award is open to novels and novellas only
  • Only writers aged 40 and below are eligible to enter
  • Only works published in 2014 – 2015 will be accepted
  • The current age/birthdate of the author must be included in the nomination form
  1. Posthumous Literary Award
  • The author will be judged on his/her overall literary achievement
  • Ten copies of the profile of the author and any supporting material must be submitted
  • No age restrictions
  • Contacts (telephone/Cell and email) of a family member must be included in the nomination form
  1. Lifetime Achievement Literary Award
  • The author must be 60-years old or above
  • The author will be judged on her/his outstanding work regardless of quantity and year of publication
  • Ten copies of the profile of the author and any supporting material must be submitted
  • The current age/birthdate of the author must be included in the nomination form
  1. Literary Journalism Award
  • The entrant must have made significant contribution to the promotion and development of literature through writing about and analysing South African literature
  • The award includes print and electronic media
  • Ten copies of the profile of the journalist and any supporting material must be submitted
  • No age restriction
  1. Literary Translators Award
  • Only the literary works translated by a South African on South African works of art will be considered
  • All the literary genres are welcome.
  • Both the original and translated copies must be submitted
  • Only works published in 2014 – 2015 will be accepted
  • No age restriction
  1. Poetry Award
  • Only collections by an individual author will be considered
  • Only works published in 2014– 2015 will be accepted
  • No age restriction
  1. First-time Published Author Award
  • The award is open to all genres
  • The work can be fiction or non-fiction
  • The author must not have published before in any genre
  • Only works published in 2014– 2015 will be accepted
  • No age restriction
  1. Creative Non-Fiction Award
  • The award is open to creative non-fiction works, i.e. biographies/autobiographies, letters, speeches and memoirs
  • In the case of letters and speeches, only a collection of work published by one author will be accepted
  • Only works published in 2014 – 2015 will be accepted
  • No age restriction

For more information and accessing of Submission Forms, please call 011 791 3585 or email: info@writeassociates.co.za or download from: www.sala.org.za

Submissions must be to:                

The South African Literary Awards, P.O Box 1465, Randpark Ridge, 2156, or deliver at: 74 Mimosa Road, Randpark Ridge, 2165 . Delivery is only between 9H00 and 16H00 from Monday to Friday.

Download Nomination Form


 

Congratulations to all the SALA 2015 winners

(Please click here to view the 2015 pictures)

CATEGORY LANGUAGE AUTHOR BOOK TITLE/ OEUVRE
First-time Published Author Award English Carol Campbell My Children Have Faces
k Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award English Zukiswa Wanner London, Cape Town, Joburg
Creative Non-Fiction Award English Edwin Cameron Justice: A Personal Account
Lifetime Achievement Literary Award English Achmat Dangor His oeuvre
Afrikaans Antjie Krog Her oeuvre
Poetry Award isiXhosa Mangaliso Buzani Ndisabhala Imibongo
Afrikaans Charl-Pierre Naude Al die lifelike dade
Sepedi Bishop M.T Makobe Tsa Ngweding wa Letopanta
Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award Afrikaans Abraham H de Vries Maar wie snoei die rose in die nag?
Literary Journalism Award English Michele Magwood Her oeuvre
Posthumous Literary Award RRR Dhlomo His oeuvre
HIE Dhlomo His oeuvre
Literary Translators Award Afrikaans to English Karen Press Mede-wete &Synapse
Chairperson’s Award Prof Peter Mtuze His oeuvre