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Finalists for 2014 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award Announced

The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology Vol IVAlert! The Jacana Literary Foundation has revealed the shortlist and finalists for the 2014 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award.

A jury of Johann de Lange, Goodenough Mashego and Ingrid de Kok whittled down 303 entries to a list of 82 poems, which will be published in this year’s anthology, The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology Vol IV.

The jury then decided on a shortlist, which was then forwarded to Mongane Wally Serote, who decided on the three finalists.

Finalists for 2014 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award

  • Rochelle Jacobs, for “Something Other”
  • Thabo Jijana, for “Children Watching Old People”
  • Jim Pascual Agustin, for “Illegal, Undocumented”

 
The winner of the fourth annual Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award will be announced at the launch of the anthology, on Tuesday, 4 November, at a reception at the Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg.

Congratulations to the finalists!

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The Jacana Literary Foundation is pleased to announce the shortlist and finalists for the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award 2014.

The jury, comprising distinguished poets Johann de Lange, Goodenough Mashego and Ingrid de Kok, selected 82 poems out of the 303 entries received to be published in this year’s anthology. The jury furthermore deliberated on which entries should be shortlisted, and this list was sent to celebrated poet and author Mongane Wally Serote, who decided on a list of three finalists, and eventually, the winner. All judging is done anonymously.

The finalists are:

Rochelle Jacobs, for the poem “Something Other”.

Thabo Jijana, for the poem “Children Watching Old People”.

Jim Pascual Agustin, for the poem “Illegal, Undocumented”

The winner of the Sol Plaatje Poetry Award will be announced at a reception at the Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg, on Tuesday 4 November, by a European Union Delegation representative. The three finalists receive cash prizes, and the anthology, consisting of poems in English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, Sepedi and Setswana, will be launched the same evening. Next year the award will resume its association with the Poetry Africa festival held annually in Durban, which was sadly interrupted this year.

The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award is supported by the European Union. The annual Award, named after Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje (1876–1932) and now in its fourth year, recognises the life and vision of this highly respected political and social activist. As Plaatje’s works did in his time, these poems reveal the political and social attitudes of our time.

Poets included in the 2014 Sol Plaatje EU Poety Anthology

Jim Pascual Agustin, Kyle Steven Allan, Adewole Armah, Saaleha Idrees Bamjee, Suzan-Jane Kathleen Bell, Ayanda Billie, Fadwah Booley, Sindiswa Busuka, Zethu Cakata, Ntyatyi Christian, Margaret Clough, Christine Coates, Lise Day, Gail Dendy, Abigail George, Sunelle Geyer, Kerry Hammerton, Vernon RL Head, Colleen Higgs, Sandra Hill, Rochelle Jacobs, Thabo Jijana, Justine Joseph, Moses Nzama Khaizen, Gertrude Trudi Makhaya, Katise Mawela, Frank Meintjies, Komiso Mfingo, Andrew Miller, Janine Jocelyn Milne, Jackie Mondi, Nedine Moonsamy, Nick Mulgrew, Eduan Naudé, Pam Newham, Sizakele Nkosi, Lazola Pambo, Thabo Seseane, Francine Simon, Annette Snyckers, Dianne Stewart, Jan Tromp, Susan Woodward, Sithembele Xhengwana.

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