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Ivan Vladislavic and Shaida Kazie Ali Win the 2010/2011 University of Johannesburg Prizes for Creative Writing

Double NegativeNot a Fairy Tale

Alert! Ivan Vladislavic and Shaida Ali have been announced as the winners of this year’s University of Johannesburg Creative Writing prizes.

Vladislavic wins the main award for his novel, Double Negative, and Ali the debut award for her novel, Not a Fairy Tale. Both are published by Umuzi. They receive R60 000 and R20 000, respectively.

Ivan VladislavicShaida Ali

UJAlthough the UJ Prize recognises writing from across all genres, Ali’s book was up against two other novels on a somewhat curtailed shortlist of three; Vladislavic’s work, meanwhile, contended against history, short stories and essays. Click here for the full shortlists. Last year’s winners were Imraan Coovadia and Jacob Dlamini.

A formal prize giving ceremony will be held at a function in the winners’ honour, at UJ, in September 2011. Books LIVE has republished Craig Mackenzie’s judge’s statement, which originally appeared in the Mail & Guardian, with his permission below.

It bears pointing out that both authors are also shortlisted for the 2011 Sunday Times Fiction Prize. Could either author emulate the feats of Imraan Coovadia, Ceridwen Dovey or Shaun Johnson, who scored big double wins for High Low In-between, Blood Kin and The Native Commissioner in SA-Lit-award-years past?

Time will tell, time will tell. For now, hearty congratulations to Vladislavic and Ali!

UJ Prize Judge Craig Mackenzie’s Awards Statement

Craig Mackenzie’s 2011 University of Johannesburg Prize Article

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Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    May 20th, 2011 @11:18 #

    I'm so pleased about Shaida Ali's book. I read it long ago - it's a warm, friendly, human book, and the only thing that will stop you reading is the urge to go and cook when you read the recipes. It's delightful to see this confident, well told, and unhyped story getting deserved acknowledgement.

    Ivan's excellence kinda goes without saying by the likes of me. My consideration of the launch of TJ/Double Negative is in the comments here: (I subsequently read and enjoyed Double Negative as much as the launch promised I would.)

  • Maire
    May 20th, 2011 @13:10 #

    Fantastic news about Shaida - holding thumbs for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize.

    Fully endorse what Louis has to say about Not a Fairytale - and would like to add wryly, dryly funny to the list!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    May 20th, 2011 @14:10 #

    Thrilled about both of these, can't wait to read Double Negative, read 3 pages and am absolutely longing to read the book!

    I should post my Rapport review of Shaida's book soon. I predicted prize-winnings!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    May 20th, 2011 @14:47 #

    Congratulations! I really hope that Ivan also wins the ST award, and that this crop of prizes will be a breakthrough in terms of his international standing. I simply do not understand why the world does not prostrate itself at his feet and declare him SA's greatest writer.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Maya</a>
    May 21st, 2011 @09:43 #

    I'm delighted about Double Negative! I can't comment on Not a Fairytale yet, as I haven't read it, but I read DN this week and once again found Vladislavic's style, as well as the entire concept, breathtaking.

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    May 23rd, 2011 @10:03 #

    Update: have added Craig Mackenzie's judge's statement to the post. It was originally published by the Mail & Guardian and is republished here with Mackenzie's permission.


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