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Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award


The sixth award is closed for entries. The  anthology will be launched and winners to be announced at an event during the Mail & Guardian Literary Festival on 9 October 2016.

In an attempt to keep visible the voices of South African poets in the country’s landscape of published works, the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award was established in 2011. It continues to be supported by the European Union.

The annual award, named after Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje (1876–1932), recognises the life and vision of this highly respected political and social activist. A longlist of the strongest entries into this award, including the three winning poems, are anthologised each year. Poets may enter up to three poems for consideration, in any of the official South African languages. The entries are judged anonymously by a panel of distinguished poets.

As Plaatje’s works did in his time, these poems reveal the political and social attitudes of our time.

Entry dates for the submissions of poems for consideration for the 2017 award and anthology will be announced towards the end of 2016.