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Shortlists Announced for 2013 M-Net Literary Awards

Alert! The shortlists for the 2013 M-Net Literary Awards have been chosen from 96 novels, spanning 11 languages. Although the M-Net Literary Awards have always been open to submissions in all the official languages of South Africa, it is not often that entries are received in all categories as is the case this year.

In previous years, only one winner was chosen in the Nguni category and one in the Sotho category, but this year writers in all the African languages (Xhosa and Zulu, Sotho, Sepedi, Setswana, siSwati and Ndebele) will stand a chance to win. Another development this year is the introduction of a Debut Novel Prize.

Last year, Finuala Dowling won the English Prize for Homemaking for the Down-at-Heart, Sonja Loots was awarded the Afrikaans Prize for Sirkusboere and Manong a lapile by N Maakem, Murunzi wa Vhutshilo by Takalani Mbedzi and Tšhweu ya ditsebe by Herbert Lentsoane won in the African languages category.

Books LIVE members Imraan Coovadia and Alistair Morgan will this year be competing with Ken Barris, James Whyle and Nadine Gordimer in the English category. In the Afrikaans category Books LIVE members Ingrid Winterbach, Andre Brink and Marita van der Vyver are up against Deborah Steinmair and Karin Brynard. The winners in the various categories will receive R50 000 each.

The shortlists for the Debut Prize and the Film Award, which is reserved for books that show the potential to be developed into screenplays, have not been announced yet.

Congratulations to all the shortlistees!

2012 M-Net Literary Award Shortlist: English

Life UnderwaterThe Institute for Taxi PoetryNo Time Like the PresentThe Land WithinThe Book of War

2012 M-Net Literary Award Shortlist: Afrikaans

PhilidaOnse vadersDie blou van onthouDie neusDie aanspraak van lewende wesens

2012 M-Net Literary Award Shortlist: African Languages

  • Leqotjane by SJ Gambu (Scorpion Publishers)
  • Intando Kamufi by Siphamandla Clement Mathaba (Oxford University Press)
  • Bayeza Abanqobi by Matthew Jabulani Mngadi (Indwa Publishers)
  • Ga Ke Modisa Sabata-mpho Mokae (Geko Publishers)
  • Inzinto Zyaphenduka by July Innocent Mtsweni (Pelmo)
  • Mbofho dza Malofha by NM Mphaphuli (Scorpion Publishers)

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