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English Academy Shortlists: Percy Fitzpatrick Prize for Youth Literature and Thomas Pringle Award for Short Stories

Alert! The SA English Academy has released the shortlists for two more of its annual endless summer’s worth of literary awards – this time for the Percy Fitzpatrick Prize for Youth Literature and Thomas Pringle Award for Short Stories.

BOOK SA is delighted to see members Edyth Bulbring and SA Partridge in the running for the former gong, which comes with a R7 000 cheque. Here’s the shortlist, in the order given by the Academy:

The Billion Dollar Soccer BallDance of the Freaky Green GoldDaniel Fox and the Jester's LegacyFuseJesse's StorySharky's SonThe Summer of Toffie and Grummer

Meanwhile, the shortlistees for the Thomas Pringle Award for Short Stories, which carries a R2 000 purse, include members Liesl Jobson and Arja Salafranca in the mix:

  • “Buiten Street” by Stephen Watson (New Contrast, Vol. 36 No 4 2008)
  • “Arrested Development” by Sandisile Tshuma (Words, Fourth Quarter 2008)
  • “Help” by Liesl Jobson (New Contrast, Vol. 36 No 2 2008)
  • “Hannah Hunter Watson” by Stephen Watson (New Contrast, Vol. 36 No 2 2008)
  • “Strangers” by Arja Salafranca (New Contrast, Vol. 37 No 4 2009)
  • “Venus Crossing” by Gail Dendy (New Contrast, Vol. 37 No 6 2009)

The winners of both awards will “be announced in the weeks ahead”. Earlier, Finuala Dowling and Michiel Heyns won the Academy’s Olive Schreiner and Thomas-Pringle-Award-for-Literary-Reviews awards, respectively. In 2011, meanwhile, the Academy will announce the Thomas Pringle Award for literary articles and the Sol Plaatjie award for literary translation.

Best of look to BOOK SA’s members in the coming weeks!


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    December 1st, 2010 @13:13 #

    Nice work, everyone, and good luck!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Sally</a>
    December 1st, 2010 @13:16 #

    Woah! I come back from lunch and see this. Awesome!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Paige</a>
    December 1st, 2010 @14:11 #

    whoop whoop whoop, that's awesome. congrats and good luck!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    December 1st, 2010 @15:17 #

    Oh fabbity fabbity! I am delighted and totally conflicted -- want ALL the short-story listees to win.

    As for the youth writing, I feel as if I'm in a Roman arena chained to different stallions. I edited both Billion-Dollar Soccer Ball and Fuse. Both are incredibly important books, timely, well-written, with plots that race. They deal with vital issues -- xenophobia, the catastrophe that is Zimbabwe (Soccer Ball), homelessness (both), bullying (Fuse). Both pivot around the bond between brothers, a love that survives everything. Plus I am carrying a torch for Edyth (altho I confess this is influenced by dog-related matters). Aargh aargh. I think I'm going to cross fingers for Sally -- Michael (and maybe Edyth) are a bit more established. But HUGE congratulations to all the short-listees. There is something v. special about recognition for youth writing.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    December 1st, 2010 @15:23 #

    And that reminds me: please please vote for Paige and her charity clickathon to donate R20 000 to The Bookery: tells you exactly how.

    Sorry Ben, it may be spam, but it's a fantastic cause, and Paige is SO close to winning. Think of twenty grand's worth of books in impoverished schools...


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