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The 2011/2012 University of Johannesburg Creative Writing Prize Shortlists

Alert! The University of Johannesburg has announced the shortlists for their 2011/2012 Creative Writing Prize. The prize, awarded in the categories “main” and “debut”, is given without respect to genre, which means that literary non-fiction can compete alongside poetry and fiction. Interestingly, this year’s shortlists comprise six novels.

Competing for the R25 000 UJ Debut Prize, won last year by Shaida Kazie Ali, are first time novelists HJ Golakai (The Lazarus Effect), Shubnum Khan (Onion Tears) and Terry Westby-Nunn (The Sea of Wise Insects). Shortlisted for the R65 000 main UJ Prize, awarded last year to Ivan Vladislavic, are Finuala Dowling (Homemaking for the Down-at-Heart), Michiel Heyns (Lost Ground) and Craig Higginson (The Landscape Painter). Notably, both Heyns and Golakai were also shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize earlier this month.

The winners will be announced in June and the prizes presented at a gala ceremony later this year. Congratulations to all the shortlistees and especially to Books LIVE members Khan and Dowling!

The University of Johannesburg Prize: Main Award shortlist

Homemaking for the Down-at-HeartLost GroundThe Landscape Painter
  • Homemaking for the Down-at-Heart — Finuala Dowling
  • Lost Ground — Michiel Heyns
  • The Landscape Painter — Craig Higginson
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The University of Johannesburg Prize: Debut Award shortlist

The Lazarus EffectOnion TearsThe Sea of Wise Insects
  • The Lazarus Effect — HJ Golakai
  • Onion Tears — Shubnum Khan
  • The Sea of Wise Insects — Terry Westby-Nunn
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Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Henrietta</a>
    May 22nd, 2012 @12:57 #


  • Shubnum
    May 22nd, 2012 @14:12 #

    Thanks Henrietta! And thanks Ben and Sophy. Best of luck to all on the shortlist :)

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    May 22nd, 2012 @15:24 #

    Congrats all, nice shortlist.

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    May 22nd, 2012 @17:15 #

    Congrats all! :)

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    May 22nd, 2012 @22:15 #

    Congratulations -- two lovely lists. Very pleased to see two on my "why-are-these-under-appreciated?" list there -- The Sea of Wise Insects and Homemaking for the Down-at-Heart.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Nozizwe Cynthia</a>
    Nozizwe Cynthia
    May 23rd, 2012 @05:59 #

    Congrats to all!


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