Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award

Submissions for the 2022 anthology are open!

Submissions will close on the 5 August 2022.

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 on the 15 February 2022. 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 00:00 on Friday, 5 August 2022.

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 11 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

Cash prizes are awarded to the shortlist:
– 1st place: R6000
– 2nd place: R4000
– 3rd place: R2000


Closing date for entries is Friday, 5 August 2022.

Poems are accepted in the 11 official languages of South Africa.

Poets may enter in more than one language.

Entrants must be South African citizens.

Poems submitted may not have appeared in any publication, online (including blogs and social media) or in print. Only unpublished poetry is accepted.

Intertextuality and references must be appropriately attributed and permissions from copyright holders obtained. This includes poems; song lyrics; quotes and excerpts from books, newspapers, magazines, journals; and reproductions of artwork, photographs or other forms.

A maximum of three poems may be entered, although one or two poems per author is also acceptable.

If you are entering more than one poem, please ensure that they are each saved and uploaded as separate Word documents.

Poems must not exceed 100 lines.

Poems must be submitted as a Word document – doc or docx files. No other file formats are accepted.

The poet’s name should not be included on the poem being submitted, as the award is judged blind and the poet remains anonymous until the shortlist has been selected.

The Word document should only include the title and poem.

The file name should be the title of the poem.

Arial size 11 or Times New Roman size 12 fonts are preferred. No ‘fancy’ fonts, borders or images should be included on the Word document.

Handwritten entries are not eligible.

Submission Form


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.

Only anonymous Word documents are acceptable, labelled with the title of your work. Attach your submission using the button below.

Disclaimer: Jacana Media assumes no responsibility for lost or misdirected entries. Jacana also reserves the right to edit for spelling and grammatical errors. Copyright remains with the writer, but Jacana reserves the right to use published materials however it deems fit.