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Announcing the 2016 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award shortlist

The Jacana Literary Foundation is delighted to announce the highly commended and shortlisted finalists for the 2015/16 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award.

Entries were judged blind by a panel comprising Pamela Nichols (chair), Fred Khumalo and Maureen Isaacson.

In alphabetical order, the following manuscripts have been shortlisted:

  • No word like home by Saul Musker
  • Selling LipService by Tammy Baikie
  • The Last Stop by Thabiso Mofokeng


The overall winner will be announced at an award ceremony later this year, at which their book will be revealed in print and the prize of R35 000 will be awarded.

The following manuscripts were highly commended:

  • Braids and Migraines by Andile Cele
  • Settlement by Phillip Doran
  • The Binding Hut by Mathabo Masilela
  • The Unfamous Five by Nedine Moonsamy

In a “first of its kind” the JLF will also present the inaugural Kraak Writing Award, with the winning writer selected from the 2014-2016 runners-up. The grant is valued at R25,000 and dedicated to the memory of Gerald Kraak, and it will offer the recipient mentoring and intensive coaching from an editor/publishing expert enabling the author to refine and develop their work still further.

Pamela Nichols, chair of the judging panel, says: “One of the best features of this award is the complete anonymity of the authors. This means that we frequently get surprised at the end of the process. And our judgement doesn’t get complicated by friendship or reputation because we have no idea of who wrote what. This is important in a literary culture which is frequently closed and inward looking.

“So the Dinaane Literary Debut Award is important because it has encouraged a complete cross section of entries. And the winning authors are able to get new fiction into an extended public repertoire of southern African literature. The 2015 winner [Andrew Miller] said that he had never made any shortlist or got anywhere with a publisher before. We hope that he and the 2016 winner are at the beginning of their contribution to extending our literary horizons.”

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