New Releases

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  • Southern African Muckraking
  • The First Safari
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  • Hidden Voices 3: The Story of One Tells the Story of All
  • We Are No Longer at Ease 
  • Confronting Inequality
  • Set a Table

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. 

Submissions will be open from the 1 April 2017 to 31 May 2017. Enquiries can be directed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 


• Submissions will be open from the 1 April 2017 to 31 May 2017. 

• We welcome innovative writing and the exploration of languages capturing the multilingual landscape in South Africa and the world; nevertheless, the entries must be primarily in English. 

• Only permanent residents or citizens of South Africa may apply. 

• Authors must not have had a work of fiction (novel or novella) published prior to the award. 

• The award is judged blind, so manuscripts that feature the author’s name or details by which they may be identified will be disqualified. The manuscript should be marked with the title of the work only. 

• An electronic copy of the manuscript, along with a short biography (100 words or less) and author details should be submitted to Jacana Media via our website. 

• In addition, three printed copies of the manuscript must be sent to Jacana Media, addressed to: 









• Incomplete entries will be disqualified. 

• Manuscripts should be a minimum of 40 000 words in length. Short stories do not qualify. 

• Submissions must have been authored by one person. Co-authored pieces or works of collaboration do not qualify. 

• Any entries that secure a publishing deal before the shortlist has been confirmed must be withdrawn by the author.