The Gerald Kraak Anthology and Prize

An anthology and prize on the topics of gender, human rights and sexuality, for writers and photographers across Africa. 


The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) and the Other Foundation are pleased to announce the winner of the third Gerald Kraak Prize: OluTimehin Adegbeye for her essay, ‘Mothers and Men’.

The Heart of the Matter was published by Jacana Media in May 2019 and the shortlist comprised of: 

‘Obiageli’, by Prosper O. Anuforo (Nigeria).
‘The First of Their Kind’, by Lillian Akampurira Aujo (Uganda).
‘The Shape of Abnormal Things’, by Nonso Anyanwu (Nigeria).
‘Last Night in Asaba’, by Chiké Frankie Edozien (Nigeria).
‘A Sickness Called Longing’, by Chukwuebuka Ibeh (Nigeria).
‘Limbo’, by Innocent Chizaram Ilo (Nigeria).
‘The Impossibility of Home’, by Idza Luhumyo (Kenya).
‘The Passover’, by Caleb Okereke (Nigeria).
‘The Masked Dance’, by Nigel Mpemba Patel (Malawi).
‘Semen in the Sun’, by Jarred Thompson (South Africa).

‘Mothers and Men’, by OluTimehin Adegbeye (Nigeria).
‘Monstrous’, by Megan Ross (South Africa).
‘This Hell of a Body’, by Eugene Yakubu (Nigeria).

‘Playlist of the Least Loveable’, by JK Anowe (Nigeria).
‘Father’s Lessons’, by Bamidele Iyanuoluwapo (Nigeria).
‘Verdwaal’, by Lynne Kloot (South Africa).
‘A List of Things I Don’t Tell My Mother’, by Sarah Lubala (Democratic Republic of Congo/South Africa).
‘On My Coming Out’, by Chisom Okafor (Nigeria).
‘City of Salts’, by Chisom Okafor (Nigeria).
‘Pride’, by Deborah Seddon (South Africa).
‘My sex drive is self-reflective’‘Butch Bottom’ and ‘Condition’, by Jarred Thompson (South Africa).

Created in honour of the late activist Gerald Kraak’s extraordinary legacy of supporting human rights, this prize advances his contribution to building a world that is safe and welcoming to all. This unique prize calls for multi-layered, brave and stirring African voices that represent a new wave of fresh storytelling, one that provokes thought on the topics of gender, social justice and sexuality.

Gerald Kraak (1956–2014) was a passionate champion of social justice, an anti-apartheid activist and the head of the Atlantic Philanthropies’ Reconciliation and Human Rights Programme in South Africa. He authored two books, including the European Union Literary Award-winning Ice in the Lungs (Jacana, 2005), which explores South African politics, and directed a documentary on gay conscripts in the apartheid army. He will be remembered for being kind and generous, delightfully irreverent and deeply committed to realising an equal and just society for all. His unfinished novel, Shadow Play, posthumously completed by Alison Lowry, was published by Jacana Media in May 2017.

The Other Foundation is an African Trust that gathers support for those who are working to protect and advance the rights, wellbeing and social inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities –and gives support in a smart way that helps groups to work better for lasting change. To learn more, please visit

The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) is a not-for-profit organisation which seeks to promote and foster writing excellence from Africa through a number of initiatives. By securing funding for key projects, the JLF aims to publish literature that might not otherwise see publication for purely commercial reasons. This allows the JLF’s publishing partner, Jacana Media, to produce literature which supports the concept of bibliodiversity. We believe that it is through the reading and writing of local creative works that the truths of our lives are best told.

Submissions must be in English and from Africa.

The winner is awarded R 25,000 and publication by Jacana Media and its publishing partners.

The project is funded by the Other Foundation, and administered by the Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF).

Entries must have been created by a citizen of an African country. Written submissions must be in English.

Up to three entries are permitted per author, across categories. Each entry must be submitted on a separate electronic entry form.

Entries are submitted in the following categories:

1. Fiction
2. Non-fiction
3. Poetry
4. Visual Arts

Please number your pages, use a font size of 12, Times New Roman and 1.5 spacing (avoid unnecessary formatting, such as borders).

Materials must not exceed 15 000 words or 8 images.

Images must be 300 dpi high resolution.

Images will be published in an image section on matte art paper and not in the body of the text.

We are looking for work which tells a story or illustrates an idea. If one photograph achieves this, then we welcome the submission of that single image. It is, however, more likely to be accomplished through a collection of photographs or a photographic essay.

We accept unpublished as well as previously published works.

No handwritten or hard copy entries can be considered. Submissions must be made via the online portal.

Entrants’ name should not be included on the manuscript being submitted, as the award is judged blind and the author remains anonymous until the shortlist has been selected.

There is an opportunity to use a pseudonym should one be required.

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.

Submissions are considered to implicitly indicate the entrant’s permission for their work to be published in the anthology, if shortlisted, for no payment or royalty.

The Gerald Kraak Anthology and Prize entry form

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