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Loftus Marais
Poetry Award
 Loftus Marais was born in 1982. He grew up in Paarl in the Western Cape and received his MA in Creative Afrikaans Writing cum laude at the Univeristy of Stellenbosch in 2007. His poetry has already been published in Nuwe stemme 3, My ousie is ‘n blom, Tydskrif vir letterkunde and the new Groot Verseboek. As freelance journalist he has also published numerous literature-related artciles in a variety of publications. His debut collection of verse, Staan in die algemeen nader aan vensters, was published in 2008 and was awarded the Eugène Marais Prize, the University of Johannesburg Debut Prize, the Ingrid Jonker Prize and the Protea Prize for Poetry