The Gerald Kraak Award and anthology is the latest one with a focus on the topics of gender, human rights and sexuality for a range of writing genres and photography.

Gerald Kraak was a South African writer, grant-maker, film-maker, war resister and human rights activist who passed on in 2014. He was most well known in the literature space for his book Ice in the Lungs (Jacana, 2005) which explores South African politics; he won the EU Book trophy for that work of art.

His former publisher Jacana alongside The Other Foundation have come together and put together the Gerald Kraak Award and anthology in his honour. This new prize invites writers, journalists, academics, bloggers, poets, and photographers to submit for consideration exceptional works – published or unpublished. These works will explore, interrogate and celebrate the topics of gender, sexuality and human rights.

Only the very best work submitted will be shortlisted and published in an anthology, with the winners to be announced at a 2017 award ceremony, hosted by The Other Foundation and attended by the authors of the top three submissions. The overall winner will receive a cash prize of R25 000.

To ensure that information about the award and anthology will be disseminated as widely as possible throughout the African continent, Africa World Press (Ethiopia), Amalion (Senegal), FEMRITE (Uganda), Kwani (Kenya), Weaver Press (Zimbabwe) and Wordweaver (Namibia) will be associated with this project. Other publishing houses based in Africa with an interest in participating are also encouraged to contact the organisers of the award.

If you want to enter as a writer in this new initiative as a writer, your deadline is 31 July 2016. After the entries are made, the shortlist will be announced in December 2016. To take part in this cool new venture, where you will get terms and conditions of entering, click here.