The Dinaane Debut Fiction Award
Submissions are open for the 2021/2022 award.
Closing dates for entries is Friday, 12 February 2021.
Reading and writing fiction is one of the most effective ways of building empathy in a society.
It takes us to unexamined worlds, future worlds, and helps us to understand our present – consider how Camus’s The Plague has resonated around the world, and gone to the top of the bestseller lists, in this time of Covid-19. Or how Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale spoke to a severe shift rightward in the USA, with a focus on controlling women’s reproductive rights.
Jacana Media publishes authors and not just books. With this award, we focus on debut writers, looking to encourage new writing talent. Sometimes wonderful, illuminating and challenging fiction doesn’t get published because publishers are more and more constrained by market forces. Fiction is the one genre where the truths about our society are documented in an uncensored manner. Encouraging and publishing the best of burgeoning South African writers is one way of ensuring storytelling remains a way to understand ourselves and one another.
The winning title is promoted by Exclusive Books on their Homebru platform.
The winner is awarded R35 000 and a publishing contract from Jacana Media.