The European Union Literary Award was established in 2004 with the ideal of promoting new South African literature that speaks not only to South Africans but also to an international audience. The award was generously supported by various member states of the European Union.
Now administered by the Jacana Literary Foundation, the award was later renamed the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award. While Jacana Media says this change of name happened in 2014, Wikipedia says it occurred in 2015.
The award is open to South African writers resident in South Africa who have never been published before. Books must be a first, unpublished work of fiction in English, or translations of other South African languages into English providing the work has not been published in other languages. The word “dinaane” means “telling our stories together” in Setswana, according to the Jacana Media website.
The award has grown from a R25,000 cash prize and publication by Jacana Media to R35,000 cash prize for the first prize winner, along with publication. The runner-up also receives an R20,000 writing bursary, in honor of Gerald Krak, who helped run Jacana Media until his death in 2014. The award was first given in 2004.
Winners of the European Union Literary Award include:
|2013||The Story of Anna P. as Told by Herself||Penny Busetto|
|2012/11||Khalil’s Journey||Ashraf Kagee|
|2010||Deeper than Color||James Clelland|
|2009||Saracen at the Gates||Ziniad Meeran|
|2008||Till We Can Keep An Animal||Megan Voysey-Braig|
|2005||Bitches’ Brew||Fred Khumalo|
|Ice in the Lungs||Gerald Kraak|
|2004||Silent Minaret||Ishtiyaq Shukri|
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The University of Johannesburg Prize for South African Writing in English, also known as the UJ Prize, was instituted in 2006. It comprises two prizes, a main prize and a debut prize, given annually for “the best original creative work in English published in the previous calendar year”. The prizes are judged by a panel comprising four members of the Department of English at the University of Johannesburg, two academics from other universities and one member of the media or publishing industry.
The prizes are not linked to a specific genre. This may make the evaluation more challenging 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 is to open the prize to as many forms of creative writing as possible.
|Year||Recipient||Prize Category||Prize Money|
|2014/2015||Rachel’s Blue by Zakes Mda||Main||R70,000|
|The Story Of Anna P. As Told By Herself by Penny Busetto||Debut||R30,000|
|2013/2014||The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes||Main||R70,000|
|False River by Dominique Botha||Debut||R30,000|
|2012/2013||Life Underwater by Ken Barris||Main||R70,000|
|Entanglement by Steven Boykey||Debut||R30,000|
|2011/2012||Landscape Painter by Craig Higginson||Main||R65,000|
|The Sea of Wise Insects by Terry Westby-Nunn||Debut||R25,000|
|2010/2011||Double Negative by Ivan Vladislavic||Main||R60,000|
|Not a Fairy Tale by Shaida Kazie Ali||Debut||R20,000|
|2010||High Low In-between by Imraan Coovadia||Main||R60,000|
|Native Nostalgia by Jacob Dlamini||Debut||R20,000|
- “Zakes Mda and Penny Busetto Win the 2014/2015 University of Johannesburg Prizes for South African Writing (English)”
- “Lauren Beukes and Dominique Botha Win the 2013/2014 University of Johannesburg Prizes”
- “Ken Barris and Steven Boykey Sidley win the 2012/2013 University of Johannesburg Prizes”
- “Craig Higginson and Terry Westby-Nunn Win the 2011/2012 University of Johannesburg Prizes”
- “Ivan Vladislavic and Shaida Kazie Ali Win the 2010/2011 University of Johannesburg Prizes for Creative Writing”
- “Imraan Coovadia and Jacob Dlamini Win the 2010 University of Johannesburg Prizes”
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