First-time Published Author Award


Francois Smith lectures Afrikaans literature and creative writing at the University of the Free State. Before taking up the lecturing post in 2015 he freelanced as a publishing editor, during which time he finished his debut novel, Kamphoer. His novel was awarded the ATKV Fiction Prize in 2015 and in that year it was one of the best-selling fiction titles in South-Africa. It is currently being filmed by Niel van Deventer’s Palama Productions.