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All the South African and African Literary Award Winners from 2014

Lauren Beukes and Dominique Botha

2014 was undeniably Lauren Beukes and Dominique Botha’s year, with their novels The Shining Girls and False River cleaning up at the various award ceremonies.

Beukes’ 2014 awards include The 2014 British Fantasy Award for Best Horror Novel, the Strand Magazine Critics Award for Best Novel, the RT Book Awards Best Suspense Thriller and the 2013/2014 University of Johannesburg Prizes for South African Writing in English.

The Shining Girls also won the Exclusive Books Book of the Year: Reader’s Choice Award, in 2013.

Botha’s debut novel False River, and the Afrikaans version Valsrivier, won the Eugène Marais Prize, the Jan Rabie Rapport Prize, as well as both the UJ Afrikaans creative writing prize and the UJ Debut Prize.

On the international front, NoViolet Bulawayo won the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature, for her novel We Need New Names, Okwiri Oduor won the Caine Prize for African Writing, for her short story “My Father’s Head”, and Ben Okri won the dreaded Bad Sex in Fiction Award.

Check out the full list of literary winners in 2014:

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17th Annual ACT AwardsAndré P Brink Wins 2014 ACT Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) presented André P Brink with the 2014 ACT Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature in early December.

PhilidaDevil's ValleyLooking on DarknessAn Instant in the Wind

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Diane AwerbuckWinners of Short Story Day Africa’s “Terra Incognita” Short Story Competition Announced

Terra Incognita
Diane Awerbuck was named the winner of Short Story Day Africa’s Terra Incognita short story competition for her entry “Leatherman”.

Read the story here

Sylvia Schlettwein’s story “Ape Shit” came second, while Kerstin Hall claimed the third spot with her story “In the Water”.

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The 2014 South African Literary Award (SALA) Winners

The Spiral House Running Almost Sleeping My Way to TimbuktuClaire Robertson, who also won this year’s Sunday Times Fiction Prize, won the First-time Published Author Award, and Books LIVE community members Makhosazana Xaba and Sihle Khumalo were also rewarded for their literary efforts.

Nuruddin Farah and Njabulo Ndebele received Lifetime Achievement Literary Awards, while Mbulelo Mzamane received a Posthumous Literary Award.

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Julian RademeyerJulian Rademeyer Wins the Prestigious Marjan-Marsh Award for His Book on Rhino Poaching, Killing for Profit

In October, Julian Rademeyer won the Marjan-Marsh Award, bestowed by the Marjan Centre for the Study of Conflict and Conservation in the prestigious Department of War Studies at King’s College, London, for his book Killing for Profit: Exposing the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade.

This Marjan-Marsh Award is given annually to someone who has made an invaluable contribution in an field where conflict and conservation interact.

Killing for Profit

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Karin SchimkeKarin Schimke Wins 2014 Ingrid Jonker Prize for Bare & Breaking: Poems

Bare and BreakingKarin Schimke won the 2014 Ingrid Jonker Prize for English Poetry for her debut collection Bare & Breaking: poems.

Bare & Breaking was published by Modjaji Books, as were all the collections submitted for 2014′s prize. The Ingrid Jonker Prize for Poetry is awarded annually, alternately for debut work in English and Afrikaans.

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Winner of the 2014 Caine Prize Winner Okwiri OduorOkwiri Oduor Wins the 2014 Caine Prize for “My Father’s Head”

Feast, Famine and PotluckOn the day when the sad news broke that one of its patrons, Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, had passed away, the 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing was awarded to Okwiri Oduor for her short story, “My Father’s Head”.

The story originally appeared in Short Story Day Africa’s collection, Feast, Famine and Potluck.

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Max du Preez and Claire RobertsonClaire Robertson and Max du Preez Win the 2014 Sunday Times Literary Awards

A Rumour of SpringThe Spiral House
Max du Preez and debut novelist Claire Robertson were announced as the winners of the 2014 Sunday Times Literary Awards at a gala event in Johannesburg.

Du Preez won the Alan Paton Award for his book A Rumour of Spring: South Africa after 20 Years of Democracy, while Robertson won the Fiction Prize for her novel The Spiral House. Both prizes are worth R75 000.

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Lauren Beukes and Dominique BothaLauren Beukes and Dominique Botha Win the 2013/2014 University of Johannesburg Prizes

The Shining GirlsFalse RiverLauren Beukes and Dominique Botha won the 2013/2014 University of Johannesburg Prizes for South African Writing in English.

Read Beukes acceptance speech here, and Botha’s speech here.
ValsrivierKaarThe Afrikaans UJ Prizes were won by Botha en Marlene van Niekerk.

Marlene van Niekerk se jongste digbundel, Kaar, wen vanjaar die UJ-prys vir Beste Skeppende Skryfwerk in Afrikaans, terwyl Dominique Botha se meesleurende roman, Valsriver, met die UJ-debuutprys bekroon is.

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Adults Only!Short.Sharp.Stories. Awards winners Announced

Adults OnlyThe winners of the second annual Short.Sharp.Stories. Awards, funded by the National Arts Festival, were announced in July.

Nick Mulgrew’s “Turning” was the Judges’ Choice Winner for Best Story, winning R20 000. The judges called “Turning”: “A story of youthful love that was handled with a deft touch, elevated by its clever linguistic insertions and a lovely sense of place.” Read an excerpt from the story here.

Sean Mayne received the second Judges’ Choice Award for his comedic story “Bring On The Clowns”, Tiffany Kagure Mugo received the Publisher’s Choice Award, for Best New Voice, for her story “Coming Into Self-Awareness”, and Donvé Lee was the recipient of the Editor’s Choice Award, for her story “The Mirror”.

Mayne, Kagure Mugo and Lee each received R5 000. The anthology, Adults Only, was launched at The Book Lounge in August.

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Zakes MdaZakes Mda Awarded the Silver Order of Ikhamanga

The Sculptors of MapungubweNovelist, poet and playwright Zakes Mda was presented with the silver Order of Ikhamanga by President Jacob Zuma in May.

The Order of Ikhamanga is granted by the president for achievements in arts, culture, and and sport, with the silver class denoting excellence.

Mda told Books LIVE: “President Zuma congratulated me and encouraged me to continue unabated with the good work. This, of course, gives me the green light to continue unabated with the good work of criticising him.”

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Rustum KozainRustum Kozain Wins Second Olive Schreiner Prize for Groundwork

GroundworkRustum Kozain has won a second Olive Schreiner Prize for his latest collection of poetry, Groundwork – although at first he thought it was a hoax.

The prize is awarded by the English Academy of South Africa for a work of prose, poetry or drama, and is usually awarded annually. Kozain won the 2007 Olive Schreiner Prize for his debut volume, This Carting Life, which was also awarded the 2006 Ingrid Jonker Prize. Groundwork, which was published in 2012 by Kwela Books and Snailpress, also won the 2013 Herman Charles Bosman Prize.

Kozain was recently named as a judge for the 2015 Sunday Times Literary Awards.

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NoViolet BulawayoNoViolet Bulawayo Wins the Inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature

We Need New NamesZimbabwean NoViolet Bulawayo won the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature for debut fiction, for her novel We Need New Names.

Having missed out on both the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award – it was shortlisted for both – Bulawayo’s novel bagged what amounts to Africa’s richest open literary award.

Bulawayo was shortlisted alongside Yewande Omotoso and Karen Jennings.

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More literary awards from 2014:

Xanele Puren, Mary Ononokpono and Portia Dery Announced as Winners of the 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes

Wenners van die 2014 kykNET-Rapport Boekpryse aangekondig – “Boeke maak saak”

Winners of the 2014 Maskew Miller Longman Literature Awards Announced

Winners of the 2014 Sunday Times Cookbook Awards Announced

Thabo Jijana Wins the 2014 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award for “Children Watching Old People”

Kagiso Lesego Molope Wins the 2014 Percy Fitzpatrick Prize for Youth Literature for This Book Betrays My Brother

Damon Galgut’s Arctic Summer Wins Book of the Year Award at 2014 Tata Literature Live! Festival in India

Winners of 2013 Sanlam Awards for Youth Literature Announced

2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature Winner Mia Couto: This Entity Called “Africa” is Imaginary

NoViolet Bulawayo Wins the 2014 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award for We Need New Names

Antjie Krog, Mmatshilo Motsei and Thuli Zuma Honoured with 2014 Mbokodo Awards

Reneilwe Malatji Wins 2014 Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize for Love Interrupted

Leslie Witz and Noëleen Murray Awarded the Michael M Ames Award for Innovative Museum Anthropology

Jonathan Jansen to Receive the 2014 British Academy Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Transcultural Understanding

The City Press Tafelberg Nonfiction Award Winner has been Announced

Wenners van die 2014 ATKV-Woordveertjies aangewys

Lauren Beukes and Joey Hi-Fi Win 2014 British Fantasy Awards

Jonathan Jansen Receives the Chivas Humanitarian Award at the Absa Jewish Achievers Awards 2014

Tim Noakes’ Real Meal Revolution Takes the 2014 Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award

Marli Roode, Charlie Human and Imran Garda on M&G List of 200 Young South Africans 2014

Two Awards for Short Film Based on Thando Mgqolozana’s A Man Who is Not a Man

The Twenty in 20 Final List: the Best Short Stories of South Africa’s Democracy

Lauren Beukes “Stunned” by Strand Magazine Critics Best Novel Award for The Shining Girls

Koos Kombuis vereer met Innibos Toekenning vir Lewenslange Bydrae

Daniel Hugo vereer vir sy vertaling van Tom Lanoye se outobiografiese roman, Sprakeloos

Saaleha Idrees Bamjee Wins 2014 Writivism Short Story Prize for “Out of the Blue”

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi Wins the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Award Announcement: Irina Filatova Wins the Recht Malan Prize for The Hidden Thread

Marlene van Niekerk en Dominique Botha wen 2013/2014 Universiteit van Johannesburg-pryse

Winners of the 2014 Media24 Books Literary Awards and Jan Rabie Rapport Prize Announced

Lauren Beukes and Dominique Botha Win the 2013/2014 University of Johannesburg Prizes

Kobra deur Deon Meyer ontvang Huisgenoot-Tempo-toekenning vir “Afrikaanse leesboek van die jaar”

Lambda Award for Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction

Adichie, Soyinka, Gordimer Honoured in National Geographic’s Innovator’s Project

Hugh Lewin’s Stones Against the Mirror Wins International Human Rights Book Award

Marié Heese vereer as gevestigde skrywer; Lindie Koorts aangewys as beste debuutskrywer na Woordfees 2014

NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names Wins the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes’ Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes Named Best Suspense Thriller in the RT Book Awards

President Jacob Zuma Presents Sam Motsuenyane with Lifetime Achievement Award

Mohlele, Mzobe and Watson Join Adichie, Mengestu, Selasi on the “Most Promising” Africa39 List

English Academy of Southern Africa Announces Full List of Award Winners

Lizz Meiring Wins Naledi Executive Director’s Award

Dominique Botha wen Eugène Maraisprys vir Valsrivier, Marlene van Niekerk ontvang Hertzogprys vir Kaar

Ruth Browne Wins the Bloody Parchment Short Story Competition with “Beachfront Starter Home, Good Bones”

NoViolet Bulawayo Wins the 2014 PEN / Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction for We Need New Names

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Becomes First African to Win the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

Phillippa Yaa de Villiers Chosen as This Year’s Commonwealth Poet

Aminatta Forna Wins 2014 Windham Campbell Prize for Fiction

Michael de Jongh Awarded the Hiddingh-Currie Award for Academic Excellence for Roots and Routes

NoViolet Bulawayo Wins the Inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature

The Kitchen Dweller’s Testimony by Ladan Osman Wins 2014 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets

Chanette Paul wen weer die Lekkerlitprys

Gabrielle Hecht Awarded Susanne M Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Being Nuclear


We look forward to finding out what happens with the following awards early next year:

Shortlist Announced for the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature

Devilskein and Dearlove by Alex Smith Nominated for 2015 Carnegie Medal

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