The Dinaane Debut Fiction Award and Kraak Writing Grant winners for 2016
2016 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award.
Winner – Selling LipService
Runner Up – No Word Like Home
Runner Up – The Last Stop
2016 Kraak Writing Grant
Winner – Braids and Migraines
Non-fiction takes the lion’s share of sales of books made in South Africa, with fiction limited to a very small percentage of all sales of locally published books. Many locally published novels sell just a few hundred copies, making it difficult for publishers to recoup the costs of publication from sales.
Sometimes wonderful, illuminating and challenging fiction doesn’t get published because publishers are more and more constrained by market forces. It is heart-breaking to silence these voices, as fiction is the one genre where the heartbeat of southern Africa is documented in an uncensored manner. We cannot allow it to disappear.
Accordingly, Dinaane, the only award of its kind, aims to promote new southern African fiction that speaks to both a local and international audience. It encourages new writers and new readers by publishing material which would likely otherwise not have been selected – for purely commercial reasons – by local publishers of literature.
The winning title is supported by Exclusive Books.
Winners of the European Union Literary Award include:
- Dubsteps by Andrew Miller (2014)
- The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself by Penny Busetto (2013)
- Khalil’s Journey by Ashraf Kagee (2011/12)
- Deeper than Colour by James Clelland (2010)
- Saracen at the Gates by Zinaid Meeran (2009)
- Till We Can Keep an Animal by Megan Voysey-Braig (2008)
- Coconut by Kopano Matlwa (2007)
- Bitches’ Brew by Fred Khumalo and Ice in the Lungs by Gerald Kraak (2005)
- The Silent Minaret by Ishtiyaq Shukri (2004)