Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award
Submissions for the 2023 anthology are closed!
Judging for the 2023 anthology is currently underway.
The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) is pleased to announce that submissions for the twelfth annual Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award and Anthology are open! 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, 28 April 2023.
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 12 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 email@example.com.
Cash prizes are awarded to the shortlist:
– 1st place: R6000
– 2nd place: R4000
– 3rd place: R2000
Closing date for entries is Friday, 28 April 2023.
DECLARATION AND PERMISSIONS:
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.