Submissions are currently open for The University of Johannesburg (UJ) Prize for South African Writing.

The prize, which was established in 2006, is awarded to South African writers regardless of whether they have connection with the university or not. Previous winners include Mandla Langa, Jacob Dlamini, Rešoketšwe Manenzhe, Gabeba Baderoon, and Zakes Mda, among others.

The UJ Prize is open to books published in English language in any genre. It is awarded in two categories: the Main Prize and the Debut Prize, with a cash renumeration of R75 000 and R35 000 respectively.

Note: Publishers must specify which prize they are entering for.

Deadline: January 31, 2023.

Only books published in 2022 (January 1 to December 31, 2022) may be entered. The shortlist will be announced no later than August 31, 2023.

How to Submit:

Publishers are required to submit seven (7) copies of each title that they want to enter for the award. Publishers who wish to submit entries for the UJ prize for works published in 2022 should send all submissions to the address below by courier:

Ms Dikeledi Seranyane, University of Johannesburg, English Department, B-Ring 713, Kingsway Road, Auckland Park, Johannesburg, Tel. 011-5592063

For media enquiries and more information, please contact the UJ Prize coordinator, Dr Siphiwo Mahala via email.