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The 2014 Media24 Books Literary Awards and Jan Rabie Rapport Prize Shortlists

Alert! The shortlists for the 2014 Media24 Books Literary Awards – including the new Elisabeth Eybers Prize for Afrikaans or English Poetry – and the Jan Rabie Rapport Prize have been announced.

Previously, poetry collections had to compete with prose and dramas for the Media24 Books’ WA Hofmeyr Prize and Herman Charles Bosman Prize, but this year the Elisabeth Eybers Prize will be presented for the first time. Nathan Trantraal (Chockers en survivors), Wilma Stockenstrom (Hierdie mens) and Marlene van Niekerk (Kaar) are on the shortlist for this new prize. Van Niekerk recently won the prestigious Hertzog Prize for her latest poetry collection.

The Media24 Books Literary Awards recognise work from publishers that fall under the domain of Media24, including NB and Jonathan Ball. The shortlist for the Jan Rabie Rapport Prize is, however, open to all publishers and recognises outstanding debut or early Afrikaans prose.

This year’s contenders for the Jan Rabie Rapport Prize are Carié Maas (Koljander), Rudie van Rensburg (Slagyster), and Dominique Botha (Valsrivier). Botha was recently awarded the Eugene Marais Prize for Valsrivier.

We are also delighted to see Books LIVE members Rachel Zadok, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Margie Orford, SA Partridge and Eben Venter on the Media24 Books Literary Awards shortlists.

The winner in each category receives R35 000. The writer and illustrator that wins the MER Prize for Illustrated Children’s Books share the prize money.

Here are the complete lists:

WA Hofmeyr Prize
– for Afrikaans fiction – novel, short story collection or drama

Donkerland by Kerneels Breytenbach and Deon Opperman (Tafelberg)
Klimtol by Etienne van Heerden (Tafelberg)
Wolf, wolf by Eben Venter (Tafelberg)

DonkerlandKlimtolWolf, Wolf

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Herman Charles Bosman Prize
– for English fiction

Sister-sister by Rachel Zadok (Kwela)
Shadows by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma (Kwela)
Water Music by Margie Orford (Jonathan Ball)

Sister-SisterShadowsWater Music

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Elisabeth Eybers Prize
– for English and Afrikaans poetry

Chockers en survivors by Nathan Trantraal (Kwela)
Hierdie mens by Wilma Stockenstrom (Human & Rousseau)
Kaar by Marlene van Niekerk (Human & Rousseau)

Chokers en survivorsHierdie mensKaar

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Recht Malan Prize
– for Afrikaans or English non-fiction

Into the River of Life by Graham Linscott (Jonathan Ball)
The Hidden Thread by Irina Filatova and Apollon Davidson (Jonathan Ball)
The War at Home / Die oorlog kom huis toe by Bill Nasson and Albert Grundlingh (Tafelberg)

Into the River of LifeThe Hidden ThreadThe War at HomeDie Oorlog Kom Huis Toe

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MER Prize for Youth Novel

Amper Einstein by Christien Neser (Tafelberg)
Dit vat guts by Annelie Ferreira (Human & Rousseau)
Sharp Edges by SA Partridge (Human & Rousseau)

Amper EinsteinDit vat gutsSharp Edges

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The MER Prize for Illustrated Children’s Book

Die Dingesfabriek: Jannus en Kriek op die maan by Elizabeth Wasserman and Astrid Castle (Tafelberg)
In die land van Pamperlang by Linda Rode and Johan Strauss (Human & Rousseau)
Sisi gaan skool toe en ander stories by Wendy Hartmann and Joan Rankin (Human & Rousseau)

Die DingesfabriekIn die land van PamperlangSisi gaan skool toe en ander stories

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Jan Rabie Rapport Prize
– for Afrikaans fiction – debut or early (second) work

Koljander by Carié Maas (Human & Rousseau)
Slagyster by Rudie van Rensburg (Queillerie)
Valsrivier by Dominique Botha (Umuzi)



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Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    April 29th, 2014 @14:58 #

    And well done to Sally Partridge (also a stalwart BooksLive member!) for what seems like her umpteenth MER nomination, for Sharp Edges this time.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    April 30th, 2014 @13:04 #

    awesome Sally! Well done, fingers crossed xxx

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    April 30th, 2014 @13:18 #

    Yes, quite :)


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