Alert! The 2015 PEN International/New Voices Award longlist has been announced, including Zimbabwean Nozizwe Dube and South African Carien Smith.
The PEN International/New Voices Award provides a space for young and unpublished writers to promote their work, and encourages new writing from “diverse linguistic regions and communities”.
The award is open to unpublished writers aged 18-30, who are nominated by their local PEN Centre. This year’s judges are Zakariya Amataya, Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, Edwige-Renée Dro, Drago Jančar, Yann Martel and Olga Tokarczuk.
The 2015 PEN International/New Voices Award longlist:
“Likkewaan” by Carien Smith (PEN Afrikaans)
“Under the Jacaranda Tree” by Nozizwe Dube (PEN Flanders)
‘Nichts kurz vor der Rue Saint-Blaise” by Lea Sauer (German PEN)
“Ailleurs” by Sophie Prévost (PEN Québec)
“Varshava” by Ana Dontsu (PEN Romania)
“Moon Dog” by Rebecca F John (Wales PEN Cymru)
Smith is a South African writer, playwright and philosophy student at the University of Fort Hare. Her Afrikaans stories “Likkewaan” and “Binnekort” won an honourable mention and runner-up award, respectively, in the Nuwe Stories 3 competition last year.
The shortlist of three will be announced in a few weeks, and the award will be presented on October 14 during the 81st PEN International Congress in Québec, Canada.
The 2014 PEN International/New Voices Award winner was Marina Babanskaya (St Petersburg PEN Chapter), while Masande Ntshanga won the 2013 edition, which was the start of a very promising writing career for the young South African.