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Call for submissions: 2017/8 Gerald Kraak Award and Anthology

The Jacana Literary Foundation recently released their press release calling for submissions for the 2017/8 Gerald Kraak Award and Anthology:

The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) and the Other Foundation are pleased to announce that submissions for the second annual Gerald Kraak Award and Anthology for 2017/8 are now open.

Created in honour of the late activist Gerald Kraak’s extraordinary legacy of supporting human rights, this award advances his contribution to building a world that is safe and welcoming to all. The unique award calls for multi-layered, brave and stirring African voices that represent a new wave of fresh storytelling, one that provokes thought on the topics of gender, social justice and sexuality.

Submissions will be accepted until 24 July 2017, and will be open to the following genres:

Fiction
Non-fiction
Poetry
Photography
Journalism / magazine reporting
Scholarly articles in academic journals and book chapters / extracts
Social media / blog writings and contributions

Only the very best work submitted will be short-listed and published in the anthology, with the winners announced in 2018 at an awards ceremony hosted by the Other Foundation. A cash prize of R25 000 will be awarded to the author of the winning piece. The JLF will partner with publishers throughout the African continent in order to disseminate the work as widely as possible.

Gerald Kraak (1956–2014) was a passionate champion of social justice, an anti-apartheid activist and the head of the Atlantic Philanthropies’ Reconciliation and Human Rights Programme in South Africa. He authored two books, including the European Union Literary Award-winning Ice in the Lungs (Jacana, 2005), which explores South African politics, and directed a documentary on gay conscripts in the apartheid army. He will be remembered for being kind and generous, delightfully irreverent and deeply committed to realising an equal and just society for all. His unfinished novel, Shadow Play, posthumously completed by Alison Lowry, was published by Jacana Media in May 2017.

Read more here.

Pride and Prejudice

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  • Pride and Prejudice: The Gerald Kraak Anthology African Perspectives on Gender, Social Justice and Sexuality
    EAN: 9781431425181
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Ice in the Lungs

 
 
 
 

Shadow Play

Call for submissions for "Tomorrow I'll be Twenty" Competition now open

AFREADA and Africa Writes are currently hosting the “Tomorrow I’ll be Twenty” Competition, which invites writers to take the first line of Congolese author Alain Mabanckou’s short story “Tomorrow I’ll be Twenty” and continue the story.

Writers wishing to participate must submit a 500-word short story, building on the first line of Congolese author Alain Mabanckou’s “Tomorrow I’ll be Twenty”.

Told from the perspective of 10-year-old Michel living in Pointe Noire, Congo, the story begins:

In this country, a boss should always be bald and have a big belly. My uncle isn’t bald, he hasn’t got a big belly, and you don’t realise, the first time you see him, that he’s the actual boss of a big office in the centre of town…

According to Africa Writes, “the rules are simple: … open a Word Document and continue the story.”

Click here for the submission guidelines.

Black Moses

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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.

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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.