Alert! 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
The prize winners will be announced in May 2010 and the prizes will be presented at a gala ceremony later in the year.
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
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
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)
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.
- High Low In-between by Imraan Coovadia
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