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Get your teen novel published – enter the 2016 MML Literature Awards

Pearson has made a call for submissions for the 2016 Maskew Miller Longman Literature Awards (MMLLA).

The MMLLA serve to develop quality literature in all official languages for young readers and to encourage a love of reading in learners’ mother tongues.

Each year a new theme is selected to ensure a wide variety of literature is created and supported. Last year the MMLLA celebrated Children’s Fiction and in 2014 it explored the genre of Drama.

The selected theme for 2016 is Teen Novels, with a call made for original stories aimed at individuals between the ages of 14 and 16. This was also the theme in 2013.

Writers have until 30 April, 2016 to submit their teen novels. Pearson will also be hosting writing workshops in Cape Town for those in need of a bit of extra help. For more information read the press release below:


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Pearson invites experienced, new and aspiring writers to submit their unpublished and original Teen Novels for learners aged 14 to 16 as part of the 2016 Maskew Miller Longman Literature Awards.

Stories can explore the following themes but are not limited to: comedy, romance, fantasy, sport and adventure.

Give South African teenagers the gift of reading in their mother tongue.

Download your entry form here.


  • R10 000 will be awarded to each winner and the winning entries will be considered for publication by Pearson.
  • R3 500 will be awarded to each finalist.

Closing date for entries is on 30 April, 2016.

Applications for the 2016 MML Writing Workshops are now open

Workshops will be held in Cape Town (CBD) on 18 February and Sandton on 25 February, 2016.

To add your name to the list simply download and complete the application email it to

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