The writers in the running for the 2016 South African Literary Awards 2016 were announced on 7th October 2016.
The South African Literary Awards which are celebrating 11 years as an organisation announced those in the running for what is considered to be the most prestigious award ceremony going. The awards were founded by the wRite associates, in partnership with the national Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) in 2005 to pay tribute to South African writers who have distinguished themselves as producers and creators of literature. It would go on to celebrate literary excellence in the depiction and sharing of South Africa’s histories, value systems and philosophies and art as inscribed and preserved in all the languages of South Africa, particularly the official languages. Previous SALA winners include Nadine Gordimer, Lewis Nkosi, Sindiwe Magona, Njabulo Ndebele, Karabo Kgoleng, Zakes Mda, Sifiso Mzobe and Zukiswa Wanner.
This year, the awards committee has shortlisted eighteen (18) authors from a total of one hundred and thirty-two (132) submissions received for 2016. The winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony on the 7th November at UNISA. The awards ceremony will be preceded by the 5th Africa Century International African Writers Conference, also taking place at UNISA on the same day.
FoundedWith eleven successful years of existence, eleven categories and 147 authors honoured, the SA Literary Awards have become the most prestigious and respected literary accolades in the South African literary landscape. SALA prides itself in not only acknowledging established authors but as a platform to budding writers through the First-time Published Author Award category.
We congratulate the 2016 nominees for their sterling work and keeping South Africa’s literary heritage alive.
The writers in the running for awards are;
Posthumous Literary Award
Chris van Wyk
Gilbert Gibson – Vry
Athol Williams – Bumper Cars
Arja Salafranca – Beyond Touch
Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award
Danie Marais – Pruimtwak &Skaduboksers
Sandra Hill – Unsettled and Other Stories
Literary Translators Award
Leon de Kock & Karin Schimke – Flame in the Snow: The Love Letters of Andre Brink & Ingrid Jonker
Zirk van den Berg – Halfpad Een Ding
Kirby van der Merwe – N Huis Vir Ester
Lifetime Achievement Literary Award
Prof Johan Lenake
K Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award
Willem Anker – Buys
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho – The Violent Gesture Of Life
Panashe Chigumadzi – Sweet Medicine
First-time Published Author Award
Francois Smith – Kamphoer
Ferial Haffajee – What If There Were No Whites In South Africa