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Zakes Mda and Penny Busetto Win the 2014/2015 University of Johannesburg Prizes for South African Writing (English)

Zakes Mda and Penny Busetto Win the 2014/2015 University of Johannesburg Prizes for South African Writing (English)

 

Rachel’s BlueThe Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself

Alert! The winners of the two 2014/2015 University of Johannesburg Prizes for South African Writing in English have been announced.

The main prize of R75 000 has been awarded to Zakes Mda for Rachel’s Blue, while the debut prize of R35 000 has been awarded to Penny Busetto for The Story of Anna P, As Told By Herself.

As usual, the formal prize-giving ceremony will be held later in the year.

Busetto was awarded the European Union Literary Award for The Story of Anna P, As Told By Herself in 2013, and Mda’s Rachel’s Blue was recently shortlisted for the Herman Charles Bosman Prize for English Fiction, which ultimately went to Michiel Heyns.

The UJ Prizes prizes are not linked to a specific genre, but awarded to “the writer of the best original creative South African work (fiction or non-fiction) in English published in the previous calendar year”.

Last year’s winners were Lauren Beukes and Dominique Botha.

Approximately 70 works were submitted for consideration this year, from which the following books were selected for the shortlist:
 
Main Prize shortlist:

Rachel’s BlueAskariArctic SummerBroken MonstersKaroo Dusk

 
Debut Prize shortlist:

The Story of Anna P, as Told by HerselfThe ReactiveThe Alibi ClubAn Imperfect Blessing

 
The adjudication panel comprised the following judges:

Karen Scherzinger (UJ)
Craig MacKenzie (UJ)
Ronit Frenkel (UJ)
Sikumbuzo Mngadi (UJ)
Michael Titlestad (Wits and Media)
Etienne Terblanche (NWU)
Chris Ouma (UCT)

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