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2019 Booker Prize longlist announced – including two African authors

The 2019 Booker Prize longlist has been announced—described by the judges as ‘bold’, ‘lyrical’, ‘very diverse’ and ‘quite wild’.

Exciting news! A film adaptation of Damon Galgut’s The Quarry will be released in 2020

A film adaptation of The Quarry by Damon Galgut is currently in post-production!

British-born Nigerian writer Tade Thompson has won the 2019 Arthur C Clarke Award for his novel Rosewater

Tade Thompson’s novel Rosewater has won the Arthur C Clarke Award, the UK’s most prestigious prize for science fiction.

Nigerian author Lesley Nneka Arimah has won the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing

Nigerian author Lesley Nneka Arimah has won the twentieth edition of the Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story ‘Skinned’.

2019 South African Book Fair – find out more about the authors and events!

The 2019 South African Book Fair will take place from 6–8 September at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg.

Claire Robertson’s award-winning novel The Spiral House to be made into an international film

Filmmaker Erica Brumage has optioned film rights for the sweeping, gloriously told novel The Spiral House by Claire Robertson.

Call for applications: BlackBird Books Writer’s Residency for young African womxn at Casa Lorde, Pretoria

BlackBird Books, an imprint of Jacana Media, as well as Casa Lorde and Eunice Ngogodo Own Voices Initiative are setting up a writer’s residency for young African womxn who are starting their careers as writers.

Zola Nene wins Best TV Celebrity Chef prize at the International Gourmand Awards

Zola Nene has been announced as the winner of the Best TV Celebrity Chef in English Award at the International Gourmand Awards!

2019 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award longlist announced!

Announcing the longlisted poems for the 2019 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award & Anthology

Struik Nature Publisher Pippa Parker receives Special Honorary Award from the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (South African Academy for Science and Arts)

Pippa Parker, the Publications Manager/Publisher of Struik Nature at Penguin Random House SA, has been awarded a Special Honorary Award by the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (South African Academy for Science and Arts).

Two Short Story Day Africa writers shortlisted for the 2019 Caine Prize For African Writing

Short Story Day Africa is extremely proud to have first discovered and published two of the five stories shortlisted for the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing – for the second time since the project’s inception.

Barry Gilder’s novel The List has been optioned for a film or TV series!

Barry Gilder’s novel The List has been optioned for development as a feature film series or television series by Known Associates Entertainment.

2019 Media24 Books Prizes winners announced – Niq Mhlongo awarded Herman Charles Bosman Prize

Financial Mail editor Rob Rose, novelist and short story writer Niq Mhlongo, poet Gabeba Baderoon and octagenarian debut author Andries Buys are among the recipients of the 2019 Media24 Books Literary Prizes awarded in Cape Town last night (Thursday, 13 June 2019).

Writers! Pan Macmillan SA is accepting unsolicited manuscripts in June – take advantage of the opportunity

Good news for prospective authors! From 18–24 June 2019, Pan Macmillan SA is accepting unsolicited manuscripts.

As You Like It, anthology featuring African LGBTQI+ voices and allies, wins international Lambda Literary Award

Jacana Media and the Other Foundation are thrilled to announce that the Gerald Kraak Anthology As You Like It has won the 2019 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Anthology – Fiction.

Find out which authors will be at the 2019 Open Book Festival in Cape Town

The Open Book Festival has announced the first group of authors that will be at the event this year!

OluTimehin Adegbeye wins the Gerald Kraak Prize for her essay ‘Mothers and Men’

OluTimehin Adegbeye has won the R25,000 Gerald Kraak Prize, which honours African writing and photography that ‘provokes thought on the topics of gender, social justice and sexuality’.

The Dinaane Debut Fiction Award has extended its submissions period until 30 June 2019

Good news for aspiring writers: The Dinaane Debut Fiction Award has extended its submissions period until 30 June 2019.

2019 Caine Prize for African Writing shortlist announced

The shortlist for the Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced, featuring writers from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria.

Karin Brynard’s Weeping Waters has been longlisted for prestigious CWA Dagger Award

Congratulations are in order: Karin Brynard’s Weeping Waters has been longlisted for the prestigious CWA International Dagger!