Sunday Times Books LIVE Community Sign up

Login to Sunday Times Books LIVE

Forgotten password?

Forgotten your password?

Enter your username or email address and we'll send you reset instructions

Sunday Times Books LIVE

Shortlist for 2011/2012 Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature Announced

Alert! Sanlam and Tafelberg have announced the names of the finalists in the 2011/2012 Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature.

We are pleased to see Books LIVE member Maya Fowler among the finalists in the English category. Derick van der Walt, who won silver in the Afrikaans category at the previous Sanlam Youth Literature Awards and Motimele Goodwill, past silver winner in the African languages category, have both made the shortlist a second time. Other published authors on the list include Jenny Robson, Jayne Bauling, Nelia Engelbrecht and Kabelo Duncan Kgatea.

As jy 'n ster sien verskietWillem PoprokBalaclava BoyStepping SoloPandora se BoksMonwana Wa BosupaKe a hwa, ke a ikepela

A gold prize of R12 000 and silver prize of R6 000 is at stake in each of the three categories – English, Afrikaans and African languages. The winners will be announced at a function in Johannesburg in October this year and the prize-winning books will be available in bookshops and in eBook format thereafter.

The following 18 finalists were selected from a total of 109 entries received this year. Authors were requested to submit stories in which hope plays a role:

English category:

  • Jenny Robson (Maun, Botswana)
  • Maya Fowler (Cape Town)
  • Carolyn Morton (Port Elizabeth)
  • Jayne Bauling (White River)
  • Neil Malherbe (Nelspruit)
  • Elizabeth Pienaar (Johannesburg)

Afrikaans category:

  • Celeste Slabber-Loriston (Riversdale)
  • Annelie Ferreira (Bristol, UK)
  • Derick van der Walt (Pretoria)
  • Henriëtte Linde-Loubser (Stellenbosch)
  • Nelia Engelbrecht (Potchefstroom)
  • Gideon L Strydom (Sir Lowry’s Pass)

African languages:

  • Kabelo Duncan Kgatea (Sotho category: Setswana)
  • David wa Maahlamela (Sotho category: Sesotho sa Leboa)
  • Motimele Mabonchi Goodwill (Sotho category: Sesotho sa Leboa)
  • Simphiwe Nolutshungu (Nguni category: isiXhosa)
  • Bhekisigcino Damasius Khawula (Nguni category: isiZulu)
  • Lungile Promise Zwane (Nguni category: isiZulu)

The Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature is awarded every second year. Tafelberg Publishers and competition sponsor Sanlam will host a workshop at the upcoming Woordfees, Stellenbosch, on 7 March, giving guidelines on writing an award-winning manuscript. Previous winner Derick van der Walt will be in conversation with Susan Samuel at the event.

Congratulations to all the shortlistees and especially to Maya Fowler!

Book details


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    January 20th, 2012 @10:46 #

    This is fantastic -- mazel tov to all shortlistees. Pleased to see Maya, Jayne, David and Derick's names up there, also children's writing stalwart Jenny Robson, as well as Liz Pienaar, who wrote such a fabulously naughty story for Open a few years ago.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Maya</a>
    January 20th, 2012 @11:19 #

    Thanks Helen!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    January 20th, 2012 @11:41 #

    Congrats to all. I've loved previous Sanlam winners I've read. Hope they're getting them in to schools.


Please register or log in to comment

» View comments as a forum thread and add tags in BOOK Chat