The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award and Anthology longlist announced
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The 2020 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award longlist has been announced!

The Jacana Literary Foundation and the European Union Delegation to South Africa are delighted to announce that 60 poems have been selected for publication in the 10th annual Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology.

This year, almost 700 poems were submitted in 10 official South African languages.

The longlist of poems written in a range of South Africa’s official languages has been selected by a panel of five judges. Rustum Kozain judged the English entries, Goodenough Mashego, Innocentia Mhlambi and Aubrey Neo Sehlahlare viewed the indigenous language entries and Pieter Odendaal reviewed the Afrikaans entries.

Head judge, South Africa’s National Poet Laureate Mongane Wally Serote, will select from the longlisted poems a shortlist of three poems, determining a winner as well as two runners-up.

The shortlist will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held online on the Don’t Shut Up: Jacana Conversations platform. All longlisted entrants will be notified of the ceremony as soon as the date is confirmed.

Adré Marshall
Alinaswe Lusengo
Anelisa Thengimfene
Aphiwe Masibonge Namba
Azile Ntloni
Bhekumuzi Christopher Kubheka
Charles Julie Makofane
Christine Coates
Connor Shay Cogill
Dimakatso Anthea Sedite
Florence Diana de Vries
Frank Meintjies
James Mahlangu
Jude van Schoor
Justin Lydon Williams
Keketso Adorn Mashigo
Kgalalelo Lebogang Gaebee
Kimberly Elana Fray
Kwazi Ndlangisa
Landisile Magwaxaza
Lucas Delisiwe Zulu
Maakomele R Manaka
Mamodiehi Gwala
Mandlakayise Mfanta
Mapule Ramaila Moswane
Mawushe Selby Nomnganga
Mmabore Gladys Mogashoa
Moses Seletiša
Mosima Kagiso Phakane
Mzoli Mavimbela
Nedine Moonsamy
Noluthando Mpho Sibisi
Nolwazi Mbali Mahlangu
Sihle Ntuli
Siwaphiwe Fortune Shweni
Siza Nkosi-Mokhele
Tebogo Patricia Mamabolo
Thabang Tsolo
Thabiso Tsietsi Lakajoe
Thansanqa Mlungisi Cindi
Toni Giselle Stuart
Tsela Jeffrey Moloi
Tshepiso Makgoloane
Tshifhiwa Itai Ratshiungo
Tshindane Livhuwani
Warren Jeremy Rourke
Yonela Thengimfene
Yvonne Busisiwe Phyllis
Zama Madinana
Zongezile Matshoba

About the judges

Professor Mongane Wally Serote is South Africa’s National Poet Laureate. He is a celebrated poet, author, struggle stalwart, member of the Black Consciousness Movement, Umkhonto we Sizwe commander, former MP, and Ngaka (healer). The National Order of Ikhamanga in Silver was awarded to him by the presidency for his excellent contribution to literature, with emphasis on his poetry, and for putting his artistic talents at the service of democracy in South Africa. He is the chairman of the Jacana Literary Foundation, has founded several NGOs and sits on advisory boards with the aim to promote matters of arts, culture, indigenous knowledge and African renaissance.

Rustum Kozain is a poet, reviewer, essayist and short fiction writer. He is the winner of the Nelson Mandela Poetry Prize (1989); the Philip Stein Poetry Award (1997) for a poem that appeared in New Contrast (1996); the Ingrid Jonker Prize (2006) and Olive Schreiner Prize (2007) for This Carting Life; the Tomas Pringle Poetry Award (2003); the Herman Charles Bosman Prize for English literary work across all genres (2013); and the Olive Schreiner Prize for Poetry once again in 2014 for Groundwork.

Goodenough Mashego is a 360 degrees artist and cultural worker based in Mpumalanga. He has published three volumes of poetry: Journey with Me, Taste of My Vomit, Just Like Space Cookies, and one collection of essays: How to Sink the Black Ball. In 2016 Mashego released his first audio project of an invented genre he terms ‘muse-tree’, titled Just Like Space Cookies–Listening Sessions Volume One. Mashego is co-founder of Mpumalanga’s indigenous language hip-hop label, Lepulana Musik. He has written four films (two for TV). In 2016 his play The Last Show was selected from 200 international entries for the Saving Endangered Species (SES) Prize and was staged in Los Angeles, USA. He is the 2016 winner of the coveted Voice of Heritage Golden Shield Award offered by the National Heritage Council, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture. Mashego has edited six literary works and is a literary adjudicator for three national prizes.

Pieter Odendaal is a South African poet, performer, translator and editor. He is currently busy with a practice-led PhD on spoken word poetry in South Africa. He is the director of InZync Poetry, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the growth of performed poetry in all South African languages. His debut Afrikaans poetry collection, asof geen berge ooithier gewoon het nie (like no mountains ever lived here), was published by Tafelberg in 2018. Odendaal is the co-editor of the multilingual poetry translation anthologies Many Tongues (2013) and ConVerse (2018), both of which aim to promote an awareness of poetry in indigenous South African languages through translation. He is also the poetry editor at Kabaka, a newly formed literary magazine for LGBTIQA+ voices in Africa.

Dr Innocentia Jabulisile Mhlambi is an associate professor in the Department of African Languages at Wits University. She teaches African-language literatures, black film studies, popular culture, oral literature and visual culture. She is the author of African-language Literatures: Perspectives on isiZulu Fiction and Popular Black Television Series, a timely critical intervention into the aesthetic hiatus in the field. She has published extensively on aesthetics, literature, black opera, popular culture and broadcast and print media in South Africa. She is the recipient of the University of Michigan Presidential Scholars Programme and is currently doing research in black opera in post-1994 South Africa. She is further a recipient of the University Research Council, Carnegie Research Grant, Mellon Grant, University of Michigan Residency Programme, The Academic and Non-Fiction Authors’ Association of South Africa (ANFASA), African Humanities Programme Postdoc Fellowship, South African National Research Foundation Rating (Rating C2), and two University of Michigan Mellon Foundation Grants.

Aubrey Neo Sehlahla is a graduate in African languages and political studies from Wits University. Having completed his honours degree in linguistics, he is currently doing his master’s studies in African languages with his focus on film and drama production in African languages. He has been a judge for the 2016/2017 Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature, reviewing manuscripts in Xitsonga and Tshivenda. Neo has worked as a freelance structural editor and translator in publishing.

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