Pan Authors win the UJ Prize for South African Writing main and debut awards

We are so pleased and proud that our authors Nthikeng Mohlele (Pleasure, 2016) and Mohale Mashigo (The Yearning, 2016) have won the main and debut prizes respectively from The University of Johannesburg Prize for South African Writing in English.

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG

The University of Johannesburg Prize for South African Writing in English 2016.

 

The University of Johannesburg is pleased to announce the winners of its annual literary award:

The main prize of R75 000 is awarded to Nthikeng Mohlele for Pleasure (Picador Africa).

The debut prize of R35 000 is awarded to Mohale Mashigo for The Yearning (Pan Macmillan).

A formal prize-giving ceremony will be held later in the year.

 

Publishers who wish to submit entries for the UJ prize for works published in 2017 should contact Prof Ronit Frenkel (ronitf@uj.ac.za).

 

Background information

The prizes are not linked to a specific genre. This may make the evaluation more challenging in the sense that, for example, a volume of poetry, a novel and a biographical work must be measured against one another, but the idea is to open the prize to as many forms of creative writing as possible.

Approximately 60 works were submitted this year, from which the following books were selected for the shortlist:

 

Main Prize:

Pleasure by Nthikeng Mohlele

The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso

Sigh the Beloved Country by Bongani Madondo

 

Debut Prize:

The Yearning by Mohale Mashigo

Loud and Yellow Laughter by Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese

Tjieng-Tjang and Other Stories by Jolyn Philips

The Keeper of the Kumm by Sylvia Vollenhoven

 

Background information

The prizes are not linked to a specific genre. This may make the evaluation more challenging in the sense that, for example, a volume of poetry, a novel and a biographical work must be measured against one another, but the idea is to open the prize to as many forms of creative writing as possible.

The main prize is R75 000.

The debut prize is R35 000.

 

 

The adjudication panel comprised the following judges:

Sikumbuzo Mngadi (UJ) – chair of the panel

Ronit Frenkel (UJ) – panel logistics

Michael Titlestad (Wits and Media)

Nyasha Mboti (UJ)

Danyela Demir (UJ)

Rebecca Fasselt (UP)

 

Enquiries: Ronit Frenkel

011 559 1771

ronitf@uj.ac.za

 

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