The 2021 Call for submissions are now officially closed.

We thank all who participated in submitting books for the 2021 South African Literary Awards. We look forward to:

Announcement of nominees                  : 30th September 2021

Announcement of winners                      : 7th November 2021


2020 SALA WINNERS

Category Author Title of book/publication Language Profile and Citation
Children’s Literature Award Niki Daly It’s Jamela! English Citation
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Youth Literature Award Trevor Noah Born A Crime, Edition for Young Readers English Citation
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First-time Published Author Award Lize Albertyn-Du Toit Die Kinders van Spookwerwe Afrikaans Citation
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First-time Published Author Award Trevor Sacks Lucky Packet English Citation
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k. Sello Duiker Memorial Award Phumlani Pikoli Born Free-Loaders English Citation
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Poetry Award Marlise Joubert Grondwater Afrikaans Citation
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Poetry Award Musawenkosi Khanyile All The Places English Citation
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Creative Non-Fiction Award Toni Strasburg Holding the Fort English Citation
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Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award Fred Khumalo Talk of The Town English Citation
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Literary Journalism Award Bongani Mavuso For his Body of Work isiZulu Citation
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Novel Award Fiona Snyckers Lacuna English Citation
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Literary Translators Award Refiloe Moahluli YHEKE YANGA! Umdlali ka3 Toti uba yintshatsheli yeqakamba isiXhosa Citation
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Posthumous Literary Award Makhokolotso Albertina Mokhomo Sesotho Citation
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Chairperson’s Literary Awards Recius Melato Malope For His Body of Work Setswana Citation
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Lifetime Achievement Literary Award Gubudla Aaron Malindzisa For His Body of Work Siswati Citation
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