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Submissions for Dinaane Debut Fiction Award open soon!

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

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




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 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:

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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.


  • 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.


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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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Win a Signed Copy of Endings and Beginnings by Redi Tlhabi

Endings and BeginningsBooks LIVE is giving away an autographed copy of Redi Tlhabi’s Endings and Beginnings.

In this book, Tlhabi recalls her strong connection as an eleven year old girl with a rumoured gangster, murderer and rapist, Mabegzo. Through deep emotional conversations with his family and those who knew him, Tlhabi tries to piece together the puzzle of Mabegzo and what draw her to him.

To enter and stand a chance of winning the signed copy of Endings and Beginnings email with your name and address and “Endings and Beginnings” as your subject line. The competition closes on Friday 30 November at 5:00 PM.

Good luck!

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Bonnie Henna Discusses Children’s Stories with Nal’ibali (Plus: Win A Copy of Her Book)

Eyebags & DimplesNal’ibali spoke to Bonnie Henna, author of Eyebags & Dimples, about the importance of stories and books for children.

Henna, who has two children, spoke about story time being the best quality time and about the importance of respecting what stories your children want to hear.

Actress, Survivor contestant and now author, Bonnie Henna takes a break from the launch of her autobiography Eyebags and Dimples (Jacana Media) to talk motherhood and helping your child grow.

The 33-year-old mother of two, now based in Cape Town, shares her storytelling secrets with the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment initiative – and tells us why reading with your kids is the best quality time you can get.

She says:

Being a parent is a beautiful yet humbling experience. We learn so much about parenting from the way we are parented, without even questioning our beliefs. Deciding how you want to uniquely parent your children takes constant effort and evaluation, most of all commitment.

Nal’ibali and Jacana are offering you the chance to win a copy of Eyebags & Dimples by answering a simple question on the Nal’ibali Facebook or Twitter pages before 27 October:

Tell us which book changed your life?

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Extract from From Me to Me: Letters to My 16½-year-old Self (Plus: Win a Copy!)

From Me to MeO Magazine has published an excerpt from From Me to Me: Letters to My 16½-year-old Self edited by Samantha Page. Page, who is the editor of O Magazine, has shared her own letter to her younger self:

Dear Samantha

“Know Thyself!” These words are emblazoned not just on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, but also on your haversack (we didn’t call them backpacks in 1988), which is propped up next to you in this photograph. Looking back now, it may have seemed odd at the time, for a 16-year-old to choose that maxim while her peers have opted to graffiti their school bags with S.W.A.K. (sealed with a kiss), “roses are red …” and love is …, but considering the desk from which you’re writing this letter, it all makes perfect sense!

O Magazine is also giving away copies of the book to five lucky readers. To enter, and stand a chance to win, prepare your answer the following question and login online:

If you could write two lines to yourself aged 16 ½, what would you say?

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