The National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences awarded Declassified by Gerhard Maré the non-fiction prize and What Will People Say by Rehana Rossouw the fiction prize for 2016. Not only do we publish what we like, we publish award-winning books too.
If you are an aspiring author and want the chance to get published, then this is the opportunity you have been waiting for.
For the past 13 years, first as the European Union Literary Award and now as The Dinaane Debut Fiction Award, the process has unearthed great new South African literary talent. The books that have been published under this award have reflected the many strands of conversation that are woven together in the common language of fiction.
The overall winner, selected by a panel of judges, stands a chance to win R35 000, be published by Jacana Media, get great coverage as a debut author and be part of Exclusive Books’ Homebru campaign.
The JLF will also present the Kraak Writing Award, dedicated to the memory of Gerald Kraak. Valued at R20 000, it offers mentoring and intensive coaching from a published author, editor or a publishing expert, enabling the author to refine and develop their work further.
Kopano Matlwa stole South Africa’s heart with her debut novel Coconut. With more than 25 000 copies sold, this award-winning title cemented her position as one of South Africa’s bestselling authors. With her follow-up novel, Spilt Milk, Kopano continued to amaze us with her ability to intimately address complex political issues through relatable characters. This year, she brings us her best novel yet, Period Pain – a compelling story about how the broken continue to survive.