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The 2010 M-Net Literary Awards Shortlists

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Alert! The shortlists for the 2010 M-Net Literary Awards have been announced – including the lists for second annual film awards, given for works of fiction that are, erm, eminently filmmable.

Each M-Net prize carries a purse of R30 000. Last year, Anne Landsman, Etienne van Heerden, Mathethe Molope, Tsireledzo Mushoma and Deon Meyer won the English, Afrikaans, Sepedi/Sesotho, Nguni and Film awards, respectively. The awards have traditionally been associated with the Via Afrika Awards, but this year there’s been a split (for reasons unknown), and the ceremonies where winners are announced will be held separately.

It’s great to see BOOK SA members Imraan Coovadia, Eben Venter, Jacques Pauw, Andrew Brown and Jassy Mackenzie in the 2010 mix. It bears pointing out that this is the third major shortlisting for Coovadia’s High Low In-between, which is also up for the R75 000 Sunday Times Fiction Prize, and has already won the R60 000 University of Johannesburg Prize.

We’re looking at a lot of books, so without further ado:

Main Awards

2010 M-Net Literary Award Shortlist: English

To Heaven by WaterSummertimeHigh Low In-betweenSmall Moving PartsLittle Ice Cream Boy

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2010 M-Net Literary Award Shortlist: Afrikaans

PlaasmoordWederkomsVoetstootsTitaanSanta Gamka

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2010 M-Net Literary Award Shortlist: Sepedi/Sesotho and Nguni

  • Ga di Mphelele (Let them live for me), M.S. Machitela (Lingua Franca) Sepedi
  • Ba Llwe ke mahlale (Betrayed by tricks) M.P. Mathete (Balobedu) Sotho
  • Lingada Zibuyile Endle (Wild cats have come home), P. Mtuze (Vivlia) isiXhosa
  • Tshedza tsho tovhowa (The light is gone), K. Mukovhanama (Oxford University Press) Tshivenda
  • Zindala Zombile (Head to Head), P.B. Vilakazi (Shuter & Shooter) isiZulu

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Film Awards

2010 M-Net Film Award Shortlist: English

RefugeThe October KillingsMy Brother's KeeperBlack DiamondLittle Ice Cream Boy

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2010 M-Net Film Award Shortlist: Afrikaans

PlaasmoordSeisoen van sondeBottelnekGeldwolfDie Rebellie van Sloet Steenkamp

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2010 M-Net Film Award: Sepedi/Sesotho and Nguni

  • Ga di Mphelele (Let them live for me), M.S. Machitela (Lingua Franca) Sepedi
  • Ga Llwe ke mahlale (Betrayed by tricks), M.P. Mathete (Balobedu) Sotho
  • Ngiwalazele Mgakhasela Eziko (Playing with fire), M.D. Mnguni (Vivlia) Ndebele
  • Ufuka Kuyaphila (Death is alive), S. Yawa (Shuter & Shooter) isiXhosa
  • Zindala Zombile (Head to Head), P.B. Vilakaze (Shuter & Shooter) isiZulu

Good luck to everyone!

 

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