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The Shortlists for the 2014/2015 University of Johannesburg Prizes for South African Writing (English)

Alert! The shortlists for the two 2014/2015 University of Johannesburg Prizes (English) have been announced.

The prizes – comprising a main prize and a debut prize – are awarded to “the writer of the best original creative South African work (fiction or non-fiction) in English published in the previous calendar year”.

The winners of the main and debut prizes receive R75 000 and R30 000, respectively. Last year’s winners were Lauren Beukes and Dominique Botha.

More coverage to come from Books LIVE tomorrow; for now, here are the shortlists:

Main Prize shortlist:

Rachel’s BlueAskariArctic SummerBroken MonstersKaroo Dusk

Debut Prize shortlist:

The Story of Anna P, as Told by HerselfThe ReactiveThe Alibi ClubAn Imperfect Blessing

 
Press release from the University of Johannesburg

Some exciting names are on the 2014 shortlist for the UJ Prizes for South African Writing in English. The shortlist has been compiled from approximately 70 submitted works.

The prize winners will be announced next month and the prizes will be presented at a gala ceremony later in the year.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

In 2006, the University of Johannesburg instituted two prizes:

The UJ Prize for the best creative work in English; and

The UJ Prize for the best creative debut work in English.

The value of the prizes is:

The UJ Prize: R75 000

The UJ Debut Prize: R30 000

Requirements:

The UJ Prize is awarded to the writer of the best original creative South African work in English published in the previous calendar year. The UJ Debut Prize is awarded to the writer of the best original creative debut South African work published in the previous calendar year.

The selection panel

The selection panel comprises the following seven members: Four members of the Department of English, UJ; Two academics from other universities; One member from the media industry or publishing.

For the adjudication of the 2014 prizes the panel was as follows: Four members from the Department of English at the University of Johannesburg: Craig MacKenzie, Karen Scherzinger, Ronit Frenkel, Sikhumbuzo Mngadi; One member of media industry or writer: Michael Titlestad (Wits);Two academics from other institutions: Etienne Terblanche (NWU), Chris Ouma (UCT).

Genre

We decided not to link the prizes to a specific genre. This may make the evaluation more difficult in the sense that, for example, a volume of poetry, a novel and a biographical work must be measured against one another, but the idea was to open the prize to as many forms of creative writing as possible.

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The Winners of the 2015 SA Wine Writers' Awards

Marlene van der Westhuizen, Jenny Prinsloo, Angela Lloyd, Joanne Gibson

The Franschhoek Wine Valley and the Franschhoek Literary Festival are delighted to announce the winners of the two categories for the 2015 FLF SA Wine Writers’ Awards.

The short-form category prize was awarded to Angela Lloyd, whose ‘evocative writing and eloquent phrasing, written by a passionate wine lover, is evident throughout the body of work that was presented’.

Joanne Gibson walked away with the award for the long-form category for her piece, “An Excellent Cordial”. The judges described it as ‘A perfect piece of completely dedicated historical research that reads like a summary for a gripping wine novel’.

A panel of independent judges, comprised of two local wine experts – radio broadcaster John Maytham and chef/cookbook writer/wine-and-food-pairing consultant Marlene van der Westhuizen, and the international judge for the 2015 competition, Tim Atkin – wine master, wine journalist and co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, judged the entries in the two categories.

Marlene van der Westhuizen, who spoke at the presentation ceremony at the Franschhoek Literary Festival on Friday on behalf of the judges, said that the decision of this year’s winners was unanimous.

The entries were judged without the names of the writers attached, and the judging panel considered the following criteria in making their decisions:

  • Excellent, well-informed writing of literary quality
  • Technical accuracy
  • Fresh perspectives and insights
  • Good storytelling
  • In the case of the short-form entries, consistent excellence throughout the year

The cash prizes of R12 500 to each winner, were presented by the CEO of the Franschhoek Wine Valley, Jenny Prinsloo.

2015 Franschhoek Literary Festival: Sunday, Session 3 (1 PM)

 
The final session of the Franschhoek Literary Festival is in full swing! Check out Books LIVE’s coverage of the events as they happen:

The festival will be covered by Books LIVE editor Jennifer Malec (@projectjennifer), deputy editor Helené Prinsloo (@helenayp), assistant editors Erin Devenish (@ErinDevenish811) and Annetjie van Wynegaard (@Annetjievw) and Jennifer Platt (@Jenniferdplatt) of the Sunday Times.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page (Facebook.com/BooksLIVESA) and our Twitter profile (@BooksLIVESA) for more information and pictures!

For this session Annetjie is covering an event called “Elephants in the Room”. When contentious issues are made the subject of fiction, must writers tread sensitively? Victor Dlamini asks John Boyne, Mandla Langa and Eshkol Nevo about the considerations they made before embarking on their latest books:


 

Jennifer is covering “Finding Your Voice” where director of the UCT Creative Writing Programme, Imraan Coovadia, is speaking to Thando Mgqolozana, Nthikeng Mohlele and Alexandra van Tonder (This One Time) about their decision to start writing, how they found their voices (or deliberately resist writing in only one voice), and what it took to get published:


 

Erin is at the session titled “The Art of Crafting Commentary”. Political opinions are ten a penny in SA media, but writing commentary that is original, insightful and a delight to read is not so easy. Four of the best, Rebecca Davis, Darrel Bristow-Bovey, Tom Eaton and Richard Poplak, will be chatting about what it takes to do what they do:


 

2015 Franschhoek Literary Festival: Sunday, Session 2 (11:30 AM)

 
The final day of the Franschhoek Literary Festival is in full swing! Check out Books LIVE’s coverage of the events as they happen:

The festival will be covered by Books LIVE editor Jennifer Malec (@projectjennifer), deputy editor Helené Prinsloo (@helenayp), assistant editors Erin Devenish (@ErinDevenish811) and Annetjie van Wynegaard (@Annetjievw) and Jennifer Platt (@Jenniferdplatt) of the Sunday Times.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page (Facebook.com/BooksLIVESA) and our Twitter profile (@BooksLIVESA) for more information and pictures!

For this session Jennifer is covering the Inaugural André Brink Memorial Lecture. Karina M Szczurek (Invisible Others) welcomes you to the first in an annual series of lectures in honour of her late husband, André Brink, and will introduce Harry Garuba (Literary Landscapes (UCT Centre for African Studies and English Department). He will consider the ways in which the so-called ‘minor’ literatures get onto the world literary stage, and how they are read, appropriated, and canonised: in short, the ways they become world literature.

 


 

Erin is covering “Writing Head Space”. Does writing require a special space, be it in the head or the home, for creativity to flourish? Michele Magwood peeks into the minds of Rehana Rossouw (What Will People Say: A Novel), Beverly Rycroft (A Slim, Green Silence) and Jaco van Schalkwyk (The Alibi Club) to find out where and how they work best.

 


 

Helené is at the session entitled “The Tale Is in the Telling”. Mandla Langa (The Texture of Shadows) muses about friendship, music, books and writing with his friends, the author and journalist Bongani Madondo (I’m Not Your Weekend Special) and music maestro Hugh Masekela (Still Grazing).

 


 

2015 Franschhoek Literary Festival: Sunday, Session 1 (10 AM)

 
Today is the final day of the Franschhoek Literary Festival, and it’s off to a great start. Check out Books LIVE’s coverage of the events as they happen:

The festival will be covered by Books LIVE editor Jennifer Malec (@projectjennifer), deputy editor Helené Prinsloo (@helenayp), assistant editors Erin Devenish (@ErinDevenish811) and Annetjie van Wynegaard (@Annetjievw) and Jennifer Platt (@Jenniferdplatt) of the Sunday Times.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page (Facebook.com/BooksLIVESA) and our Twitter profile (@BooksLIVESA) for more information and pictures!

For this session Helené is covering “The Global Audience” in the Hospice Hall. When authors look for international readers, adapting how and what they write is inevitable. Or is it? asks Karina Szczurek of Damon Galgut, SJ Naudé, and Ivan Vladislavić.


 
Jen is at “Is Anger Underrated?” in the Old School Hall. Eusebius McKaiser, with Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Thando Mgqolozana and Marianne Thamm, considers the role of anger in our social lives and literature. Does anger have moral purpose? Are we an irredeemably angry nation? Or should we just stop being so pissed off all the time?


 
Annetjie is tweeting from “Drawing Lines” at the Protea Hotel. How easy is it to write from the point of view of the ‘other’ – be they of another gender, race or class? Victor Dlamini looks for the lines in the sand that are crossed, or respected, by Carol Campbell, Helon Habila and Craig Higginson.


 
Jennifer Platt is at “Brothers in Crime” in the Congreational Church. Jenny Crwys-Williams scrutinises the lives and works of crime writers Deon Meyer, Franck Thilliez and Olivier Truc.


The 2015 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize Shortlist

The shortlistees for the 2015 Sunday Times Literary Awards

 
Alert! The shortlist announcement of the 2015 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize was held at Allora restaurant in Franschhoek tonight.

Celebrating literary excellence, a combined total of 10 books were shortlisted for the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction and the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. The annual event, a highlight of the prestigious Franschhoek Literary Festival, honoured authors who produced outstanding writing the previous year.

See the Alan Paton Award shortlist here

The shortlisted books for the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize are:
 

Tales of the Metric SystemThe ReactiveArctic SummerThe Savage HourOctober

 

“This year, the prize money for the awards has been increased to R100 000 each, which underscores the Sunday Times’ commitment to promoting the best of our literature,” said Ben Williams, Sunday Times books editor.

The Barry Ronge Fiction Prize, now in its 15th year, is awarded to “a novel of rare imagination and style, evocative, textured and a tale so compelling as to become an enduring landmark of contemporary fiction”.

Dr Annari van der Merwe, chair of the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize judging panel, said, “2014 was a bumper year for South African English fiction. So many major writers produced significant work that one wishes the shortlist could have contained more than only five titles.”

On 27 June the overall winners of the Alan Paton Award and the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize will be announced at Summer Place, Johannesburg.

See this year’s full longlist

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