The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) is a not-for-profit organisation which seeks to promote and foster excellent writing from South and southern Africa through a number of initiatives.

Through generous project funding, the JLF is able to publish literature that otherwise would not be published due to its commercial viability. This allows the JLF’s project partner, Jacana Media, the opportunity to continue to publish what we like, and support the concept of bibliodiversity. We realise that it is through the reading and writing of local creative works that the truths of our lives are best told.

The JLF aims to disperse such works to the world and will donate books to various organisations (focusing on libraries, schools, prisons, the South African Police Service, hospitals and clinics), in order to expand the reach of regional literature.

The projects currently administered by the JLF are