Alert! The shortlists for the 2016 South African Literary Awards have been announced.
18 authors from a total of 132 submissions have been shortlisted and the winners will be announced on Monday, 7 November, at a prestigious function at Unisa.
On the same day, wRite Associates will host the fifth Africa Century International African Writers Conference, before the ceremony. This year, the SALAs have partnered with the Unisa Department of English Studies in delivering both the awards ceremony and the Conference.
The SALAs were founded in 2005 by wRite Associates and the Department of Arts and Culture.
This year, the awards will honour the memory of TT Cloete and Chris van Wyk with Posthumous Literary Awards, while Ingrid Winterbach and Professor Johan Lenake are nominated for Lifetime Achievement Literary Awards.
The SALA Adjudication Panel said:
We are excited that South African literature continues to flourish, with many young writers coming into the scene, sharing platforms with their more established and experienced counterparts, however, we are saddened and concerned that we still see less and less of works written in African languages.
Going forward, the SALA Adjudication Panel recommends literary workshops and symposia with stakeholders, especially writers, publishers and editors, to address concerns regarding the standard and quality of some of the work, especially in African languages, that SALA has been receiving over time. This would be in line with one of the objectives of SALA, ‘to promote and preserve all our languages’.
We congratulate the 2016 nominees for their sterling work and keeping South Africa’s literary heritage alive.
The SALAs aim to “pay tribute to South African writers who have distinguished themselves as groundbreaking producers and creators of literature”, as well as to “celebrate literary excellence in the depiction and sharing of South Africa’s histories, value systems and philosophies and art as inscribed and preserved in all the languages of South Africa, particularly the official languages”.
The 2016 South African Literary Awards nominees:
Posthumous Literary Award
TT Cloete – Body of work
Chris van Wyk – Body of work
Gilbert Gibson, Vry-
Athol Williams, Bumper Cars
Arja Salafranca, Beyond Touch
Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award
Danie Marais, Pruimtwak en skaduboksers
Sandra Hill, UnSettled and Other Stories
Literary Translators Award
Leon de Kock and Karin Schimke, Flame in the Snow: The Love Letters of André Brink and Ingrid Jonker
Zirk van den Berg, Halfpad een ding
Kirby van der Merwe, ’n Huis vir Ester
Lifetime Achievement Literary Award
Ingrid Winterbach – Body of work
Prof Johan Lenake – Body of work
K Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award
Willem Anker, Buys – ’n Grensroman
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho, The Violent Gestures of Life
Panashe Chigumadzi, Sweet Medicine
First-time Published Author Award
Francois Smith, Kamphoer
Ferial Haffajee, What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?
Creative Non-Fiction Award
Carel van der Merwe, Donker stroom
Jacob Dlamini, Askari
Recipient to be announced at the Award Ceremony – Body of work