The Barry Ronge Fiction Prize which was formerly the Sunday Times Fiction Prize have announced the long list of twenty five writers were announced yesterday.

Some of the previous winners of the prize which is worth R100,000 are Sifiso Mzobe,  Imraan Coovadia, Ivan Vladislavic and Zakes Mda.

Publishers from our most Southernmost nation have been hard at work and some have seen writers on their stable are set to shine at one of that country’s leading literary awards. The biggest winners were Umuzi publishers who had nine of their writers on the longlist. Also getting multiple nominations were Jacana, BlackBird Books and Penguin.

These are those who are now in the running for the SA R100,000 come from a variety of writers from the South African writing community. They include;

  • Recipes for Love and Murder, Sally Andrew (Umuzi)
  • The Shouting in the Dark, Elleke Boehmer (Jacana)
  • Boy on the Wire, Alaistair Bruce (Umuzi)
  • Sweet Medicine, Panashe Chigumadzi (BlackBird Books)
  • What About Meera, ZP Dala (Umuzi)
  • The Fetch, Finuala Dowling (Kwela)
  • Glowfly Dance, Jade Gibson (Umuzi)
  • The Dream House, Craig Higginson (Picador Africa)
  • The Space Between The Space Between, John Hunt (Umuzi)
  • The Seed Thief, Jacqui L’Ange (Umuzi)
  • Day Four, Sarah Lotz (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Chasing the Tail of My Father’s Cattle, Sindiwe Magona (Seriti Sa Sechaba)
  • Dub Steps, Andrew Miller (Jacana)
  • Notes From The Lost Property Department, Bridget Pitt (Jacana)
  • The Magistrate of Gower, Claire Robertson (Penguin)
  • Green Lion, Henrietta Rose-Innes (Umuzi)
  • What Will People Say? Rehana Rossouw (Jacana)
  • Hour of Darkness, Michele Rowe (Penguin)
  • A Slim Green Silence, Beverly Rycroft (Umuzi)
  • Hunger Eats A Man, Nkosinathi Sithole (Penguin)
  • Now Following You, Fiona Snyckers (Modjaji Books)
  • The Raft, Fred Strydom (Umuzi)
  • Piggy Boy Blues, Nakhane Toure (BlackBird Books)
  • Wasted, Mark Winkler (Kwela)
  • It Might Get Loud, Ingrid Winterbach (Human Rousseau)