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Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award and Anthology submissions open

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The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) is thrilled to announce that submissions for the seventh annual Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award and Anthology will be open from 1 to 16 July 2017! This award and anthology are made possible through ongoing support and partnership with the European Union.

Up to three poems in any of South Africa’s official languages can be submitted via the online entry form that will be put up on the Jacana website on 1 July (http://www.jacana.co.za/awards/sol-plaatje-european-union-poetry-award-95444). Entrants are encouraged to submit poems written in their mother tongue. Entries will close at 5 pm on Sunday, 16 July.

The work submitted is judged blind by a panel of four esteemed poets. As in previous years, a longlist of the best entries received will be published in volume 7 of the anthology. A shortlist of three poets is selected from the longlist, and those finalists will be invited to attend an event at the inaugural annual Nirox Foundation Word Festival in mid-October, where the winner will be announced and cash prizes awarded. The word festival will reverberate the themes around the award, and further question and express subjects exploring our troubled and uncertain times and the pursuit of ‘another way’.

Named after Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje (1876–1932), the Award recognises the life and vision of this highly respected political and social activist. We always hope that it reveals the political and social attitudes of our time, and reflects the complex, nuanced and uncomfortable truths of life in South Africa, and thus, poems which reflect our current realities are warmly welcomed.

For more information, contact the Jacana Literary Foundation on awards@jacana.co.za.


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Pitch your book to Jacana publishers!


 

From Pitch to Publication
Like many publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts, we receive a large number of submissions every week. This means hours spent wading through many emails as we try to give every author feedback on their work. Writers often try to arrange meetings with publishers, convinced that meeting the publisher in person will persuade them to publish the book, but with only so many hours in a day this isn’t always feasible.

The Pitching Session
We are offering you the chance to participate in a twenty-minute session where you’ll be able to pitch your book to a panel comprising a media representative, three publishers and a high-powered bookseller. This is your chance to impress and persuade us in person to consider your work for publication. We realise this isn’t an approach that will work for all authors, but if you would like to be one of the twenty candidates who will present at the Live Pitching Session on 4 August 2017, we encourage you to submit an entry on our website.

You will need to tell us why we would be interested in hearing your pitch. Take a look at the following websites for some ideas:

http://sydfield.com/articles/the-art-of-pitching/
https://sites.google.com/site/darklitfestofdurham/darklit-fest-schedule/what-is-a-pitch-session

Accompanying your manuscript should be one page outlining:
• How you are going to help us sell your book?
• What target market can you reach with your book?
• How does your book fit into the Jacana brand?

We will consider pitches in the following genres:
• Lifestyle
• Children’s
• Fiction
• Politics/Current Affairs/History
• Memoir/Biography/Auto-Biography
• Natural History/Travel
• Cookery/Baking
• Business
• Self-help

Click here to submit your entry and for further information.

Queries can be emailed to: submissions@jacana.co.za

Please note that we will only be giving feedback on submissions that interest us after the pitching session has taken place. If you have not heard from us by the end of August 2017, please consider your submission unsuccessful.


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Win a copy of Lindiwe Hani’s Being Chris Hani’s Daughter


 
 
Twenty-four years have passed since the assassination of the leader of the South African Communist Party, Chris Hani.

In honour of his memory, we’re giving away three copies of Lindiwe Hani’s Being Chris Hani’s Daughter, co-written by Melinda Ferguson.

When Chris Hani, leader of the South African Communist Party and heir apparent to Nelson Mandela, was brutally slain in his driveway in April 1993, he left a shocked and grieving South Africa on the precipice of civil war.

But to 12-year-old Lindiwe, it was the love of her life, her daddy, who had been shockingly ripped from her life.

In this intimate and brutally honest memoir, 36-year-old Lindiwe remembers the years she shared with her loving father, and the toll that his untimely death took on the Hani family.
She lays family skeletons bare and brings to the fore her own downward spiral into cocaine and alcohol addiction, a desperate attempt to avoid the pain of his brutal parting.

While the nation continued to revere and honour her father’s legacy, for Lindiwe, being Chris Hani’s daughter became an increasingly heavy burden to bear.

“For as long as I can remember, I’d grown up feeling that I was the daughter of Chris Hani and that I was useless. My father was such a huge figure, such an icon to so many people, it felt like I could never be anything close to what he achieved – so why even try? Of course my addiction to booze and cocaine just made me feel my worthlessness even more.”

In a stunning turnaround, she faces her demons, not just those that haunted her through her addiction, but, with the courage that comes with sobriety, she comes face to face with
her father’s two killers – Janus Walus, still incarcerated, and Clive Derby Lewis, released in 2015 on medical parole. In a breathtaking twist of humanity, while searching for the truth behind her father’s assassination, Lindiwe Hani ultimately makes peace with herself and honours her father’s gigantic spirit.

Enter on our Facebook page by telling us – in no more more than two sentences – why you should receive a copy of this singular memoir. Entries close Monday 17 April.

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Submissions for Dinaane Debut Fiction Award open

Jacana Media recently announced that submissions for the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award will open on the first of April.

Celebrating thirteen years of producing unparalleled South African literary talent, the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award is the perfect opportunity for any aspiring fiction writer to contribute to South African conversations.

Previous Dinaane winners include Andrew Miller (Dub Steps), Penny Busetto (The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself), Ashraf Kagee (Khalil’s Journey), James Clelland (Deeper Than Colour), Zinaid Meeran (Saracen at the Gates), Megan Voysey-Braig (Till We Can Keep an Animal), Kopano Matlwa (Coconut), Fred Khumalo (Bitches’ Brew), Gerald Kraak (Ice in the Lungs), and Ishtiyaq Shukri (The Silent Minaret). Tammy Baikie was the recipient of the award in 2016 for her novel, Selling LipService. The book will be published in May 2017.

Coverage aside, the overall winner will be awarded R35 000, be published by Jacana Media and join Exclusive Books’ Homebru campaign.

Submissions will be open from 1 April 2017 to 31 May 2017. Enquiries can be directed to awards@jacana.co.za.

Visit Jacana’s website for more information on the award.

Dub Steps

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The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself

 
 

Khalil's Journey

 
 

Deeper Than Colour

 
 

Saracen at the Gates

 
 
 

Till We Can Keep An Animal

 
 

Coconut

 
 

Bitches' Brew

 
 

Ice in the Lungs

 
 
 

The Silent Minaret


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Gerald Kraak Award and Anthology – Call for publishing partners

 
From Jacana:

The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) and Jacana Media are thrilled to announce the establishment of the annual Gerald Kraak Award and Anthology, made possible in partnership with The Other Foundation and through the generous funding of Atlantic Philanthropies, a limited life foundation.

 


 
Created in honour of the late activist Gerald Kraak’s extraordinary legacy of supporting human rights, this award will advance his contribution to building a South Africa that is safe and welcoming to all. The unique and vital anthology will feature English language writing and photography from and about Africa. Exceptional works which explore, interrogate and celebrate the topics of gender, sexuality and human rights will be shortlisted, and given a voice through publication.

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 exploration of South African politics, Ice in the Lungs (Jacana, 2005), 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.

Rather than general discussions of these subjects, pieces which engage with gender and sexuality in ways that promote new understandings of and insights into human rights on our continent will be sought. A cash prize is awarded to the author of the winning piece.

Gender, sexuality and human rights are under threat across Africa. The more they are threatened, the more important it is for us to help share ideas which promote equal rights for all. Because the contributions will be received from Africa, it is essential for them to be spread throughout Africa. We hope that brave, like-minded publishers will join us in this endeavour.

We want to make the publishing process as simple and affordable as possible. Our idea would be to supply committed publishers based in countries across Africa with print-ready files of the anthology in early 2017, to enable them to publish and sell the book in their country of operation. There would be no production costs or content creation responsibilities to be borne by them.

We would want involvement from all in the naming of the award and anthology and call for submissions in February 2016.

If you as a publisher share these aims, we’d love you to talk to us and tell us more about yourselves.

Please email klara@jacana.co.za by 10 February, 2016 to express your interest.

 
About The Jacana Literary Foundation

The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) is a not-for-profit organisation which seeks to promote and foster writing excellence from South and southern Africa through a number of initiatives. By securing funding for key projects, the JLF aims to publish literature that might not otherwise see publication for purely commercial reasons.

This allows the JLF’s publishing partner, Jacana Media, to produce literature which supports the concept of bibliodiversity. We believe that it is through the reading and writing of local creative works that the truths of our lives are best told.

About The Other Foundation

The Other Foundation is an African Trust that gathers support for those who are working to protect and advance the rights, wellbeing and social inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities – and gives support in a smart way that helps groups to work better for lasting change. To learn more, please visit: www.theotherfoundation.org


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Call for Poems in 11 Official Languages for Submission to the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award

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Entries for the fifth Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award for poetry have opened. The award is for all 11 South African languages, and entrants are encouraged to write in their mother-tongue.

The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology was published in 2011; it comprised of the best entries to the competition. A new edition has been published every year.

The closing date is midnight on 31 July, 2015.

Prize:

  • A maximum of three finalists will be invited to appear at a South African poetry festival.
  • A cash prize of R10 000 will be divided among the winners.
  • Selected works will be published in an annual anthology.

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Win a Copy of Cape Town Flavours and Traditions by Sophia Lindop

Cape Town Flavours and TraditionsJacana Media is offering two lucky individuals the opportunity to win a copy of Cape Town Flavours and Traditions. All you have to do is like and share their Facebook page – as simple as that!

In Cape Town Flavours and Traditions food fanatic Sophia Lindop offers recipes for some of the best culinary delights from Cape Town, sharing the gastronomic history of the Mother City and inviting you to sample the taste of Cape cuisine. Photographer Neil Austin’s work beautifully illustrates the delicious and flamboyant flavours of the melting pot which is Cape Town.

Here’s where to share the page:

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Win a Copy of Tal Smith and Nirit Saban’s New Recipe Book, Sababa

SababaHouse and Leisure are giving away two copies of Sababa: Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Food.

Sisters Tal Smith and Nirit Saban released the cookbook recently, following the success of their two Cape Town branches of Sababa deli.

You can read an excerpt from the book, featuring five recipes, in the March issue of House and Leisure.

To stand a chance of winning a copy of the book, visit the House and Leisure website and answer the following easy question. The closing date is 31 March 2014.

Question: Who are the publishers of this new local cookbook?

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Wen ’n kopie van Karen Dudley se jongste kookboek, Another Week in the Kitchen

Another Week in the Kitchen“Dis ’n boek wat jy heeljaar kan inspan: inspirasie vir braai-bykosse of nuwe idees hoe om groente voor te sit wat jou mense sal beïndruk,” skryf Aletta Lintvelt oor Karen Dudley se jongste kookboek, Another Week in the Kitchen.

Lintvelt het Dudley se boek aangewys as Weg! se “Kookboek van die maand” en bied aan twee Weg!-lesers die geleentheid om elk ‘n kopie van Another Week in the Kitchen te wen. Om ‘n kans te staan, hoef jy slegs voor 24 Februarie in te teken om maandeliks Weg! se kosnuusbrief te ontvang.

Dié Desember het ek my pad behoorlik oopgekook deur die nuwe kookboek van die geliefde Kapenaar Karen Dudley. Ek swaai graag by haar Woodstock-deli in. Dis maar net ’n paar blokke van my huis en die buffet in Karen se vertoonkas stel nooit teleur nie.

Dit is bitter min dat ek ’n kookboek sal raadpleeg vir ’n resep – gewoonlik blaai ek maar so deur en doen my eie ding as die inspirasie my slaan. Maar Karen se boeke is anders.

Boekbesonderhede


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Win a Copy of Liesl Jobson’s Ride the Tortoise

Ride the TortoiseO, the Oprah Magazine, is giving away two copies of Liesl Jobson’s critically acclaimed short story collection Ride the Tortoise.

To enter and stand a chance of winning simply log in on the O Magazine website and answer the following question about the book.

Question: Name one of the themes of this book

Entries close 4 July.

Good luck!

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