Pan Macmillan is proud to announce that Pleasure by Nthikeng Mohlele and Sigh the Beloved Country by Bongani Madondo have been short listed for the UJ Literary Awards Main Prize; and that The Yearning by Mohale Mashigo has been short listed for the Debut Prize.
Please see more details from the organisers below.
The University of Johannesburg Prize for South African Writing in English published in 2016.
The University of Johannesburg is pleased to announce the short list of its annual literary award:
Approximately 60 works were submitted this year, from which the following books were selected for the shortlist:
The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso
Sigh the Beloved Country by Bongani Madondo
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
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.
A formal prize-giving ceremony will be held at a function later in the year.
The adjudication panel comprised the following judges:
Sikumbuzo Mngadi (UJ)
Ronit Frenkel (UJ)
Danyela Demir (UJ)
Nyasha Mboti (UJ)
Michael Titlestad (Wits)
Rebecca Fasselt (UP)