The Sunday Times is calling for entries for South Africa’s most prestigious literary awards, the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction – which is going into its 25th year – and the Sunday Times Fiction Prize. Complete details from the newspaper follow.
CALL FOR ENTRIES: SUNDAY TIMES LITERARY AWARDS 2014
Submissions are invited from publishers for the 2014 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award and the Sunday Times Fiction Prize. The winner of each award will receive R75 000.
For the first time, the Sunday Times is instituting a formal longlist for the prizes. Convenors Ben Williams and Michele Magwood will, along with the chairs of the respective judging panels, select a longlist of approximately 20 books per prize for the judges to assess.
Please find below the submission guidelines and entry forms relating to the respective prizes. A list of titles that publishers wish to enter should reach the convenors, by email, by Monday, 25 November 2013 (please see entry forms below), while five hard copies of each of the longlisted books should be sent, upon notification, to the Sunday Times by Monday, 9 December 2013.
Publishers are asked to nominate no more than FOUR TITLES per imprint and to submit a list of other titles published in 2013 that are eligible. (Please see entry forms below.) The judging panel may select additional titles for consideration at their discretion.
- 25 November 2013: deadline for entry submissions
- 2 December 2013: longlist finalised, publishers notified
- 9 December 2013: deadline for longlisted books (5 copies each) to arrive at the Sunday Times
- 06 April 2014: longlist announced in the Sunday Times
- 17 May 2014: shortlist announced at the Franschhoek Literary Festival
- 28 June 2014: winners announced in Johannesburg
Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for non-fiction
Any full-length non-fiction work relating to Southern Africa and published between December 1, 2012 and December 1, 2013 and written by a South African citizen – at home or abroad – or someone who has been resident in South Africa for more than three years, is eligible for the prize.
Academic textbooks and business directories will not be considered.
The work must be written in English and must not be self-published. Entries will only be accepted from established trade publishers.
The criteria set for the work are:
The illumination of truthfulness, especially those forms of it that are new, delicate, unfashionable and fly in the face of power; compassion; elegance of writing; and intellectual and moral integrity.
Works translated into English must have appeared within five years of the original, and, in the event of a translated work winning, the prize will be split equally between the writer and translator.
Sunday Times Fiction Prize
Any full-length novel published between December 1, 2012 and December 1, 2013 and written by a South African citizen – at home or abroad – or someone who has been resident in South Africa for more than three years is eligible for the prize.
The novel must be written in English and must not be self-published. Entries will only be accepted from established trade publishers.
The criteria set for the work are:
It should be a novel of rare imagination and style, evocative, textured and a tale so compelling as to become an enduring landmark of contemporary fiction.
Works translated into English must have appeared within five years of the original and in the event of a translated work winning, the prize will be split equally between the writer and translator.
Publishers are asked to send a list of all titles that they wish to enter to Jennifer Platt of the Sunday Times at PlattJ@timesmedia.co.za by by email, no later than Monday, November 25 2013 (please see entry forms below).
PLEASE NOTE: Entries received after the due date will not be eligible for consideration and will not be considered for the following year’s awards.
This list will be assessed for eligibility by the convenors and publishers will then be requested to send, upon notification, FIVE copies of each title to the awards team by Monday, 9 December 2013. These should be addressed to:
℅ Jennifer Platt
4 Biermann Ave
Publishers are required to affirm that the nominated authors have agreed to the submission of their works, and that the authors will be available for promotional purposes for award-related events at no cost to the Sunday Times or other Times Media titles. Extracts and interviews which form part of the Sunday Times Lifestyle magazine’s coverage of the shortlists are provided by publishers at no cost to the Sunday Times. Beyond the coverage in Sunday Times Lifestyle, authors may also be required to submit pieces for publication across Times Media Group titles during the course of the coverage of the awards. These articles will be commissioned and paid for by the newspapers concerned.
The judging panel will be convened by the Sunday Times.
The shortlists will be announced at the Franschhoek Literary Festival on May 17, 2014, and published the next day in the Sunday Times.
The Awards Dinner will take place in Johannesburg on June 28, 2014.
Alan Paton Award
- 2013 Winners: Alan Paton Award | Fiction Prize
- Sunday Times Literary Awards
- Sunday Times Alan Paton Award
- Sunday Times Fiction Prize
Any queries about the prizes and judging process should be directed to the Sunday Times books editor, Ben Williams: WilliamsB@timesmedia.co.za.