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Imraan Coovadia and Jacob Dlamini Win the 2010 University of Johannesburg Prizes

UJHigh Low In-betweenNative NostalgiaAlert! The University of Johannesburg has just announced that Imraan Coovadia and Jacob Dlamini have won the 2010 University of Johannesburg Prizes for Creative Writing in English. Coovadia wins the main prize of R60 000 for his novel High Low In-between and Dlamini wins the R20 000 debut prize for Native Nostalgia.

Here is the official press release:

Press release

The University of Johannesburg is pleased to announce the winners of its annual literary award for South African creative writing in English published in 2009.

The main prize of R60 000 is awarded to Imraan Coovadia for High-low In-between.

The debut prize of R20 000 is awarded to Jacob Dlamini for Native Nostalgia.

A formal prize giving ceremony will be held at a function in August 2010..

Publishers who wish to submit entries for the English literary prize for 2010 should contact Dr Ronit Frenkel via email ronitf@uj.ac.za

Background

Some of the most exciting names in South African literature are on the shortlist for the UJ Prizes for Creative Writing in English. The shortlist has been compiled from approximately 60 submitted works.

The panel of seven adjudicators has agreed on a shortlist of possible winners:

Main Prize:

Mark Behr – Kings of the Water
Imraan Coovadia – High Low In-between
Sally-Ann Murray – Small Moving Parts

Debut Prize:

Kevin BloomWays of Staying
Jacob Dlamini – Native Nostalgia
Zinaid Meeran – Saracen at the Gates
Alastair MorganSleeper’s Wake

The prize winners will be announced in May 2010 and the prizes will be presented at a gala ceremony later in the year.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

University of Johannesburg’s prizes for creative writing in English

In 2006, the University of Johannesburg instituted two prizes for Creative Writing in English:

The UJ Prize for the best creative work in English; and The UJ Prize for the best creative debut work in English.

The value of the prizes is:

The UJ Prize: R60 000

The UJ Debut Prize: R20 000

Requirements:

The UJ Prize is awarded to the writer of the best original creative work in English published in the previous calendar year. The UJ Debut Prize is awarded
to the writer of the best original creative debut work in English published in the previous calendar year.

The prize-winners will be announced in May and the prizes awarded later in the year.

The selection panel

The selection panel comprised the following seven members:

Four members of the Department of English, UJ
Two academics from other universities
One member from the media industry or publishing

For the adjudication of the 2008 prizes the panel was as follows:

Four members from the Department of English at the University of Johannesburg
Karen Scherzinger
Craig MacKenzie
Ronit Frenkel
Thabo Tsehloane

One member of media industry or writer
Leon De Kock – Wits Academic (Head of school SLLS) and writer

Two academics from other institutions:
David Medalie (UP, English Dept)
Ashlee Neser (Wits, Wiser)

Genre

We decided not to link the prizes to a specific genre. This may make the evaluation more difficult 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 was to open the prize to as many forms of creative writing as possible.

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    June 4th, 2010 @12:41 #
     
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    Congrats to the winners and the shortlistees. Some superb titles on that list.

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