South African Literary Awards 2022

The winners of the South African Literary Awards 2022 were announced in a ceremony in Durban, South Africa on Monday, November 7, 2022.

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 nine categories. On October 18, the shortlists from 266 submissions received were made public. The winners were announced in a ceremony as part of the Africa Century International African Writers Conference on Monday.

The winners, many of whom share the honours, are;

Children’s Literature Award

  • Keegan & Samier #3: Die strokiesprent-kompetisie by André Trantraal
  • On My Papa’s Shoulders by Niki Daly
  • Qashi Qashi, Injani? by Nandipha Nomsobo

First Time Published Award

  • Razina Theba, A Home On Vorster Street
  • Herschelle Benjamin, In Slavenhuis 39
  • Mmabore Gladys Mogashoa, Bohwa bja rena

Youth Literature Award

  • Theodora Lee, Hashtag Happy
  • Daniëlla van Heerden, As jy droom
  • Themba Qwabe, Imizila Yegazi
  • Thatayaone Dire, Se sa feleng se a tlhola
  • Maureen Ngwanamahlole Ramusi, Matlampulele Meduping ya Lerato

K. Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award

  • Nick Mulgrew, A Hibiscus Coast
  • Mzoli Mavimbela, Amazwembezwembe KaGxuluwe

Poetry Award

  • Ashwin Arendse, Swatland
  • Bafana Charlse Peter, Umkhumezelo umqulu 1, Umkhumezelo umqulu 2
  • Takalani Lishivha, Khali Ya Lufuno
  • Thatayaone Dire, Kgatsele ya puo

Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award

  • Mzoli Mavimbela, Zigqitywa Kuhlwile Zibonwe Liwuhlabile
  • SJ Naudé, Mad Honey

Novel Award

  • Damon Galgut, The Promise
  • Ingrid Winterbach, Voorouer. Pelgrim. Berg
  • Yamkela Ntwalana, Intlungu Yevezandlebe
  • Patrick Khosa, Nhlokonho wa vele

Creative Non-Fiction Literary Award

  • Ebrahim Harvey, The Great Pretenders: Race and Class Under ANC Rule
  • Nicol Stassen, Van Humpata tot Upingtonia

Literary Translators Award

  • Tuelo Gabonewe, Tshika Fa E Ya Baneng
  • Mr Moses Seletisha, Morwa’ka Ruri!
  • Ms Vesper Nkoane, Nto Thizeni

Chairperson’s Literary Award winners

  • Lebo Mashile
  • Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang
  • Deela Khan

Lifetime Achievement Literary Award

  • Vusi Mchunu
  • Deena Padayachee
  • Mothobi Mutloatse

Here are images from the ceremony.