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Apply for the seventh Regional Residency for African Women Writers

The Uganda Women Writers’ Federation (FEMRITE) has announced calls for its seventh FEMRITE Regional Residency for African women writers, to be held in Kampala.

The residency will be co-hosted by the quarterly Swedish magazine, Karavan.

FEMRITE recognises that a women’s biggest challenge has always been a lack of space and time to write, and addresses this issue by providing space for women to write, to promote intercultural literary discourse, to find new literary voices, and to celebrate African women’s literature.

Only African women, currently living in Africa and working on an English fiction or memoir manuscript who haven’t had more than one book published prior to applying, will be considered for the residency.

Click here for the submission guidelines.

Receive a R500 Takealot book voucher!


 
 
 
 
Takealot, in collaboration with BooksLive, is currently running a competition in which two lucky readers will win a R500 Takealot book voucher!

Winners will be able to spend their voucher on any of the books found on Takealot’s Book Page.

Takealot’s top ten bestselling books in April were as follows:

1. The Bikini Body 28-Day Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Guide
2. Born a Crime
3. Low Carb is Lekker Two
4. Roald Dahl 15 Book Boxset
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6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 10 Book Set Collection
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8. Ses Stoute Varkies
9. How to Make Your First Million
10. Low Carb is Lekker

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Takealot is not responsible for any harm due to the loss, unauthorised use or unauthorised distribution of a Gift Voucher, after it has been delivered to you. Standard T&Cs apply.

Kry 50% afslag op Lapa-boeke!

Ter viering van Wêreldboekedag, wat op 23 April plaasvind, bied Lapa Uitgewers vir jou die besonderse geleentheid om 50% afslag op alle gedrukte boeke te kry.

Besoek Lapa se webblad, kies jou boek, klik, en koop!

Lees ’n onderhoud oor die Verbeel Dit!-illustrasiekompetisie

Protea Boekhuis loods tans hulle ‘Verbeel Dit!’-kompetisie. Dié kompetisie is spesifiek gerig op unieke, oorspronklike illustrasies vir kinderboeke wat nog nie voorheen gepubliseer is nie.

Verbeel Dit! maak deel van die jaarlike internasionale Picture This-illustrasiekompetisie wat ook in Engeland, Nederland, Duitsland en België plaasvind.

Indien jy gaande is oor kinderboeke en daarna streef om kinderboeke te illustreer, besoek Picture This se webblad vir verdere inligting om jou droom te bewerkstellig.

Die sluitingsdatum is 15 Mei 2017.

LitNet se Naomi Meyer het onlangs met Rentia Bartlett gepraat om meer oor die kompetisie uit te vind.

Rentia, ek sien ’n illustrasiekompetisie word aangebied vir illustreerders in verskillende lande. Wie mag deelneem? Moet ’n illustreerder reeds ’n professionele agtergrond of opleiding as kunstenaar hê?

Protea Boekhuis organiseer en bemark die kompetisie in Suid-Afrika, maar enige illustreerder van enige land ter wêreld mag deelneem. Jy hoef geen agtergrond as illustreerder of kunstenaar te hê nie. Trouens, indien jy reeds ’n kinderboek illustreer het, of die illustrasies van ’n gepubliseerde kinderboek gedoen het, mag jy ongelukkig nie deelneem nie. Jy mag wel deelneem as jy ’n opvoedkundige boek geïllustreer het of illustrasies vir ander genres gemaak het (soos byvoorbeeld gedigte, volwassenefiksie, boekomslae ens).

Is julle op soek na illustrasies vir spesifieke kinderboeke, en watter ouderdomsgroepe is ter sprake? Of kyk julle na illustrasies (saam met stories) wat as nuwe en oorspronklike werk uitgegee kan word?

Ons is nie op soek na illustreerders vir spesifieke kinderboeke nie en daar is ook geen ouderdomsgroep ter sprake nie. Ons is eerder op soek na talent. Ons wil graag die geleentheid gee vir kunstenaars en illustreerders om blootstelling te kry. Die idee is nie dat die spesifieke illustrasies wat ingeskryf word vir ’n spesifieke boek gebruik word nie, maar dat internasionale uitgewers bewus kan word van die kunstenaar en illustreerder. Die wenkunstenaars se werk word in ’n internasionale katalogus gepubliseer en aangebied aan die top internasionale uitgewers by die Bologna-kinderboekbeurs in 2017. Ook word die wenkunstenaars se werk deel van ’n internasionale reisende tentoonstelling in verskillende lande.

Waarna kyk die beoordelaars? Moet ’n illustrasie noodwendig mooi wees, of realisties? Wanneer weet jy iets is besonders?

Natuurlik kan ek self nie sê waarna die beoordelaars hierdie jaar sal kyk nie. Maar as ek die wenners van 2015 beskou, kan ek sien dat daar beslis ’n voorkeur vir unieke styl en goeie tegniek was. Wat maak ’n kinderboek vir my persoonlik besonders? Ek dink dit is belangrik dat ’n prenteboek kinders se verbeelding moet aangryp en dat dit genot moet verskaf. Is dit ’n illustrasie wat jou asem wegslaan omdat dit ’n wêreld optower wat tot die verbeelding spreek? Só moet ’n wenillustrasie lyk!

Lees die volledige onderhoud hier.

Shortlist for Short Sharp Stories Awards announced

The shortlist for the Short.Sharp.Stories Awards has been announced.

The Short.Sharp.Stories Awards is an annual short story competition made possible by the National Arts Festival.

This year’s theme is “Trade Secrets.”

The judges have focused in the main on how successfully the story speaks to the brief, and have chosen stories which showcase a range of South African ‘voices’.

Congratulations to the following writers whose stories will be included in Trade Secrets and who are on the short list for this year’s awards.

2017 Short Sharp Stories Awards shortlist:

Olufemi Agunbiade
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
Jumani Clarke
Linda Daniels
Frieda-Marie De Jager
Ntsika Gogwana
Amy Heydenrych
Mishka Hoosen
Bobby Jordan
Sean Mayne
Mapule Mohulatsi
Kamil Naicker
Sally Partridge
Pravasan Pillay
Megan Ross
Andrew Salomon
Stephen Symons
Philisiwe Twijnstra
Philip Vermaas
Michael Yee

Trade Secrets will be published in June/July.

One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo

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Call it a Difficult Night

 
 
 

Sharp Edges

 
 
 

Tokoloshe Song

 
 
 

Questions for the Sea

 

Call for submissions for 2018 Golden Baobab Prize now open


Golden Baobab is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the 2018 Golden Baobab Prize. The Prize discovers and celebrates African writers and illustrators of children’s stories and confers awards for their work…

The 2018 Golden Baobab Prize offers three awards:

– The Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books, for the best story targeting a reader audience of ages 4-8.

– The Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books for the best story targeting a reader audience of ages 9-11.

– The Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators for the best artwork that matches illustration briefs provided, intended for children ages 4-11.

Winners of the 2018 Golden Baobab Prize will receive a cash prize of 5,000 USD. In addition to press publicity, winning stories are guaranteed a publishing deal, finalist writers are connected with publishers across Africa and finalist illustrators participate in exhibitions and workshops.

Click here for the submissions guideline