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The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) has announced a three-manuscript shortlist for the R35,000 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award:

  • Legacy of a Rain Queen – The Eagle’s Martial by Sophia Tao
  • Not to Mention by Vivian de Klerk
  • The Mourning Bird by Mubanga Kalimamukwento

Submissions were judged blind by a panel comprising: creative writing professor David Medalie, author of the story collections The Shooting of the Christmas Cows (1990) and The Mistress’s Dog (2010) and the novel The Shadow Follows (2006); Rehana Rossouw, author of the Etisalat Prize-shortlisted and Humanities and Social Sciences Award-winning novel What Will People Say? (2014) and New Times (2017); and Songeziwe Mahlangu, author of the Etisalat Prize-winning and Sunday Times Fiction Prize-shortlisted novel Penumbra.

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony in October in partnership with the University of Johannesburg Library. One of the runners-up will receive the R25 000 Kraak Writing Award which will offer the recipient mentoring and intensive coaching from an editor/publishing expert.

Congratulations to Sophia Tao, Vivian de Klerk, and Mubanga Kalimamukwento.

 

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OTOSIRIEZE is a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

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