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The 2011 M-Net Literary and Film Awards Shortlists

Alert! The shortlists for the 2011 M-Net Literary Awards have been announced.

It’s the 20th edition of the prize for original, novel-length fiction, considered to be one of South Africa’s most prestigious – perhaps second behind the Sunday Times Fiction Prize. The sizeable gong comes with a cheque to match: R50 000 – up from R30k last year – goes to the winner in each of five categories: English, Afrikaans, Nguni, Sotho and Film, the last category being for novels that show the best potential for development into a screenplay.

Last year’s winners, were Sally-Ann Murray, Eben Venter, P Mtuze, MS Machitela and Karin Brynard.

For this year’s shortlists, Books LIVE is heartened to see Damon Galgut’s excellent In a Strange Room appear, finally, in the SA litprize stakes. Ivan Vladislavic’s Double Negative makes its third consecutive major shortlist (it won the UJ Prize and is in the wings for the aforementioned Sunday Times award); Lauren BeukesZoo City gets a local nod to accompany the international frenzy; and Craig Higginson also receives a fillip. Books LIVE member Cynthia Jele, meanwhile, appears on the Film Award shortlist for Happiness is a Four-letter Word – which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Best First Book – Africa Region).

Without further ado, here are the five M-Net Award shortlists:

English shortlist

Zoo City (SA edition)In a Strange RoomLast SummerDouble Negative

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Afrikaans shortlist

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Nguni shortlist

  • Guga Mzimba (“Young at Heart”) by Khethiwe Agrineth Mkhize (Maskew Miller Longman) (isiZulu)
  • Inkululeko Isentabeni (“Freedom is a Struggle”) by Ncedile Saule(Hibbard Publishers) (isiXhosa)
  • Ityeleba (“Wild Water Mint”) by Siphatheleni Kula (Hibbard Publishers) (isiXhosa)

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Sotho shortlist

  • Ha ditswere di tsanyaola (“When the Nightingales Sing”) by Kgotso Pieter David Maphalla (Hibbard Publishers) (Sesotho)
  • Lehutšo (“Hope”) by Kobate John Sekele (Hibbard Publishers) (Sepedi)
  • Tutudu ha e patwe (“You Can’t Put a Good Man Down”) by Mathene Mahanke (Nkahema Publishing & Consulting cc) (Sesotho)

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Film Award shortlist

Happiness is a Four-Letter WordTou

  • Lehutšo (“Hope”) by Kobate John Sekele (Hibbard Publishers) (Sepedi)

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The winners will be announced in Cape Town on Saturday, 18 June. Here’s the official announcement from M-Net:

2011 M-Net Literary Awards Shortlists

Best of luck to all the shortlistees!


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    June 9th, 2011 @15:42 #

    The English list: now THAT's what I call a shortlist. I thought Craig Higginson's book was exquisite. And my feelings on the other three nominees are widely known. :)


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