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Bridge Books publishes its first book!

The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus GarveyBridge Books, your go-to bookstore for new and second-hand African and South African books in downtown Joburg, has just published its first book, The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey!

Marcus Garvey was born in Jamaica in 1887. He became a leading pan-Africanist in the United States, where he urged black Americans to return to Africa and preached solidarity among blacks around the world.

In South Africa in the 1920s, Garveyism inspired early protests for the return of land from whites to its ancestral owners.

This collection of his writings and speeches is the first volume of his work compiled by his second wife, the pioneering black journalist and publisher Amy-Jacques Garvey.

Book details

Prufrock Magazine calling for submissions


Prufrock Magazine is calling for submissions of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction:

Prufrock magazine is calling for submissions. We have no restrictions on content or style. We publish writers from all over the world but pride ourselves on publishing the best writing by African writers.

Click here for the submission guidelines.

Pan Macmillan accepting manuscript submissions from 20 – 24 November 2017

Pan Macmillan South Africa unfortunately does not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

We will only be accepting manuscripts during our open submissions period which will be from the 20th to the 24th of November 2017.

Guidelines for submitting your work to Pan Macmillan:

Pan Macmillan South Africa publishes books for the general market in the following categories:

General fiction

Literary fiction


General non-fiction

Submission guidelines: Pan Macmillan South Africa

Apply for the position of project coordinator for the South African Book Development Council


The South African Book Development Council (SABDC) is the sector representative body for the South African book industry. It aims to increase access to books through a diverse range of strategies.

The work of the SABDC firmly declares the values and principles required for change and transformation in the South African book industry. Its success has far-reaching positive consequences for the country.

As such, the SABDC is a leading-edge organisation that is working in new and pioneering ways to overcome the most challenging barriers faced by the South African book publishing sector. We therefore require skilled, innovative and leading-edge staff to facilitate and deliver our ambitious vision.

The opportunity below seeks a skilled individual with the necessary drive and passion to fulfil the demands made by this ambitious vision.



Please send detailed CV to


Project Coordinator



Tel: 021 914-8626/7
Fax: 021 914-8615


Assist in the implementation of projects of the South African Book Development Council


1. Assist in the conceptualization of book development projects
2. Draft and submit project implementation plans
3. Implement projects
4. Attend project meetings and take minutes
5. Report on project implementation based on project plans
6. Basic research to inform project plans


• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Excellent organization and planning skills
• High integrity
• Ability to follow instruction
• Team player
• Ability to work with diverse players
• Excellent work ethic
• Self-driven
• Attentive to detail
• Very good time management


• An appropriate Bachelors Degree in publishing or similar
• A minimum of 5 years project implementation experience in development or business setting
• Basic understanding of the development sector in South Africa
• Knowledge of the Cultural or Book sector
• Computer proficiency essential ® Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Data management skills

Follow SABDC Project Coordinator 2017 for more.

Post: Literary Programme Manager for SABF 2018

SABF 2018

Join the exciting journey of bringing storytelling, books, the book industry in all its wonderful forms and so much more to South Africa.

About the South African Book Fair (SABF)

In 2017, the South African Book Development Council (SABDC) chartered a new journey for the South African Book Fair (SABF) by firmly declaring the values and principles required for change and transformation in the South African book industry. These were articulated and manifested at the 2017 SABF event. The SABDC remains committed to the ongoing use of the SABF to further develop, with all its stakeholders, a shared understanding of the following:

  •  The meaning of being South African.
  •  The meaning of having an African perspective.
  •  The shape and forms transformation should take.
  •  The reading culture(s) that need to emerge and flourish.

Post: Literary Programme Manager

An excellent opportunity is available for an experienced Literary Programme Manager for SABF 2018. The successful candidate will assist with leading the very ambitious vision of the SABF through a diverse, dynamic, topical and uniquely African literary programme.

The role
Reporting to the CEO of the SABDC, the Literary Programme Manager will work with the SABDC core staff and the SABF team to ensure all elements of the literary programme are implemented on time and within budget.

The key responsibilities of the role will be to:

  •  Develop and deliver a programme that is innovative, transformative, diverse and engaging.
  •  Develop collaborative programming, with engagement from key stakeholders.
  •  Ensure that established authors, and emerging and new talent, are all represented on the programme.
  •  Secure the presence of continental and international authors that embody the vision of a repositioned SABF.
  •  Ensure that the speakers are representative of South Africa and are diverse in their views.
  •  Develop and implement a fun, light and enchanting children’s programme.
  •  Develop key literary activities in the lead-up to SABF 2018.
  •  Work with a programme assistant to manage all the logistics around speakers and their events.
  •  Liaise with service providers to ensure the smooth, effective delivery of the literary programme (e.g. with events company, ticketing company, PR and marketing).
  •  Make input into and support the PR and media plan for the SABF.
  • Write creative content for the Literary Programme.
  •  Set up an effective knowledge-management system that includes efficient record management.
  •  Gather monitoring and evaluation data for statistics and analysis on success indicators for the SABF’s Literary Programme.
  •  Organise and co-ordinate debriefs for the programme.

The successful candidate will:

  • Work within the governance structures of the SABDC, in a neutral, pre-competitive, growth-oriented manner.
  •  Work in a high-pressure environment, be team oriented, with a flexible approach.
  •  Be knowledgeable and sensitive to the prevailing challenges and dynamics within the book industry.

Competencies and skills required

High levels of knowledge, competency and skill are required. The following apply:

  •  Extensive knowledge of South African literature and South Africa’s literary communities.
  •  Strong management, written and communication skills.
  •  Willingness to work as part of a small team.
  •  Ability to initiate as well as collaborate.
  •  Ability to work within a strategic framework.
  •  Excellent time-management skills.
  •  Ability to work independently.
  •  Industry-wide contacts.
  •  Ability to work with diverse stakeholders.
  •  Basic financial record-keeping experience.
  •  Some event-management experience.

Please submit a detailed CV and a brief programme strategy to the SABDC by 24 November 2017. Interviews will be held around 30 November 2017.

Please contact the SABDC at (021) 914-8626 for further information.


Entries for the 2019 Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature are now open!

This is your chance to become a published author!

Since its inception in 1980, the prestigious Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature has consistently rewarded work of outstanding quality, becoming a trusted brand among both the general book-buying public and the educational sector.

Prizes worth R75 000 are up for grabs and prize-winning authors will get their books published by Tafelberg Publishers, catapulting their writing career to the next level.

Get your entry form here: The closing date is 5 October 2018. | Jy kan nou inskryf vir die 2019-Sanlampryse vir Jeuglektuur. Kry jou inskrywingsvorm hier: Die sluitingsdatum is 5 Oktober 2018.