SALA was inaugurated in 2005 with one category, the South African National Poet Laureate Prize. To date, SALA boasts 11 categories including, “South African National Poet Laureate Prize and the Chairperson’s Awards”.

1. Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award
Only short stories are considered
No age restriction

2. k. Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award
The award is open to novels and novellas only
Only writers aged 40 and below are eligible to enter

3. Posthumous Literary Award
The author will be judged on his/her overall literary achievement
The profile of the author and any supporting material must be submitted
No age restrictions

4. 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
The profile of the author and any supporting material must be submitted

5. 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
No age restriction

6. 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
No age restriction

7. Poetry Award
Only anthologies published by one author will be considered
Only works published in 2011– 2012 will be accepted
No age restriction

8. 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
No age restriction

9. Creative Non-Fiction Award
The award is open to creative non-fiction works, i.e. biographies/autobiographies, letters, speeches and memoirs
Only anthology published by one author will be accepted
No age restriction

10. South African National Poet Laureate Prize

Awarded to the most deserving individuals chiefly for foregrounding African literature and promotion of Africa languages through poetry.

The first recipient in 2005 was the late world-renowned poet, literary giant and scholar, Prof. Mazisi Kunene.

The current South African National Poet Laureate is the internationally acclaimed South leading academic, activist, freedom fighter and doyen of letters, Prof Keorapetse Kgositsile,

11. Chairperson’s Award

Awarded on the discretion of the Chairperson of the SALA Advisory Board.