South African Literary Awards 2017

The shortlists for the South African Literary Awards 2021 were announced today, September 30, 2021.

The South African Literary Awards, popularly referred to as the SALAs, have honoured many authors since they were founded in 2005. Winning writers and poets have included Es’kia Mphahlele, Nadine Gordimer, Miriam Tlali, Lauretta Ngcobo, Keorapetse Willie Kgositsile, Wally Mongane Serote, Sindiwe Magona, Zakes Mda, Panashe Chigumadzi, Zukiswa Wanner, Sihle Khumalo, Nuruddin Farah, Yewande Omotoso, Sifiso Mzobe, Sabata Mpho Mokae, and Phillippa Yaa de Villiers.

The SALAs, organised by wRite Associates, honour writing and writers in all South African official languages across fourteen categories. Here are the shortlists in the different categories;

CHILDREN’S LITERATURE AWARD

  • Andre Trantraal, Keegan & Samier: Die sokkerfiasko (Afrikaans)
  • Matina Genkova-Mpofu, Thingamagic (English)

YOUTH LITERATURE AWARD

  • Thembinkosi Mathidane Mabaso, Ngenxa Yezinduna (isiZulu)
  • Kobate John Sekele, Mararankodi Mafelelo (Sepedi)
  • Pamela Newham, The Boy and the Poacher’s Moon (English)
  • Sipho Richard Kekezwa, Ubomi, ungancama! (isiXhosa)
  • Jan Vermeulen, Baster (Afrikaans)

NOVEL AWARD

  • Fred Khumalo, Ngenxa yeMendi (isiZulu)
  • Ezra Mcebisi, Nkohla Zajik‘ izinto (isiXhosa)
  • Sipho Richard, Kekezwa Ziyakhamana (isiXhosa)
  • Jaco Fouché, Aanspreeklikheid (Afrikaans)

FIRST-TIME PUBLISHED AUTHOR AWARD

  • Reŝoketŝwe Manenzhe, Scatterlings (English)
  • Ryan Pedro, Pienk ceramic-hondjies (Afrikaans)
  • Lynthia Julius, Uit die kroes (Afrikaans)

K. SELLO DUIKER MEMORIAL LITERARY AWARD

  • Karen Jennings, An Island (English)
  • Lihle Sokapase, Yapatyalaka Ibhobhile (isiXhosa)
  • Brian Fredericks, As die Cape Flats kon praat (Afrikaans)

POETRY AWARD

  • Tshepiso Makgoloane, Tsa Mafrika (Sepedi)
  • Johann de Lange, Die meeste sterre is lankal dood (Afrikaans)
  • Ayanda Billie, KwaNobuhle Overcast (English)
  • Kgwadi Kgwadi Gladwell, Ithuteng Mogolokwane (Setswana)
  • Babalwa Fatyi, Hlahl’indlela Nohombile (isiXhosa)
  • Nndanduleni Mulaudzi, Khonadzeo (Tshivenda)

NADINE GORDIMER SHORT STORY AWARD

  • Madoda Ndlakuse, Mhla latsh’ iBhayi (isiXhosa)
  • Nakanjani Sibiya, The reluctant Storyteller – A Collection of Stories (English)

CREATIVE NON-FICTION AWARD

  • Sabata-mpho Mokae and Brian Willan, Sol T. Plaatje: A Life in Letters (English)
  • Mzoli Mavimbela, MASIBUYEL’EMBO KONAKELE PHINA NA? (isiXhosa)

LITERARY TRANSLATORS AWARD

  • Xolisa Guzula, UFaizel Neenkwenkwezi (isiXhosa)
  • Jeff Opland and Peter T. Mtuze, Limbali Zamandulo: Stories of the past (1838-1910) (isiXhosa)

LITERARY JOURNALISM AWARD

  • To be announced at the award ceremony  

CHAIRPERSON’S LITERARY AWARD

  • To be announced at the award ceremony

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT LITERARY AWARD

  • To be announced at the award ceremony

REGIONAL POET LAUREATE PRIZE

  • To be announced at the award ceremony

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on the 30th International African Writers Day, November 7, 2021.