Sol Plaatje European Union Awards
Submissions will open on Tuesday, 8 December 2020.
Closing dates for entries is Friday, 29 January 2021.
The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) is pleased to announce that submissions for the tenth annual Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award and Anthology will be open until 15 December 2020. This award and anthology are made possible through ongoing support and partnership with the European Union.
Up to three poems in any of South Africa’s official languages may be submitted via the online entry form below. Entrants are encouraged to submit poems written in their mother tongue. Entries will close at 17:00 on Tuesday, 15 December 2020.
The work submitted is judged blind by a panel of four esteemed poets and a chair. As in previous years, a longlist of the best entries received will be published in volume 10 of the anthology. A shortlist of three poets is selected from the longlist, and those finalists will be invited to attend an event where the winner will be announced and prizes awarded.
Named after Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje (1876–1932), the award recognises the life and vision of this highly respected political and social activist. We look for poetry that reflects the complex and nuanced truths of life in South Africa.
For more information, contact the Jacana Literary Foundation on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cash prizes are awarded to the shortlist:
– 1st place: R6000
– 2nd place: R4000
– 3rd place: R2000
By entering, the poet declares that the entry is their original work and neither whole nor part of their poem has been published previously. They give permission for the publication of their poem in the anthology, without payment, if longlisted. Poets agree to have their work translated into English for adjudication and publication purposes.