[The JRB Daily] 2019 South African Literary Awards shortlists revealed—including 3 from The JRB

The 2019 South African Literary Awards shortlists have been announced, with nominees including The JRB regular contributor Wamuwi Mbao, Editor Jennifer Malec and City Editor Niq Mhlongo.

Mbao and Malec have been nominated in the Literary Journalism category, while Mhlongo is nominated for the Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award for his collection Soweto, Under the Apricot Tree.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History in Pretoria on 7 November 2019.

The awards will be preceded by the eighth annual Africa Century International African Writers Conference.

2019 South African Literary Awards shortlists

Category: Children’s Literature Award

AuthorBook titleLanguage
Lebohang MasangoMpumi’s Magic BeadsEnglish
Jaco JacobsRondomtalieAfrikaans

Category: Youth Literature Award

AuthorBook titleLanguage
Sally PartridgeMineEnglish
Marion ErskineVlerke vir almalAfrikaans

Category: K Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award

AuthorBook titleLanguage
The Man Who Founded the ANC: A Biography of Pixley Ka Isaka SemeEnglish
Breaking a Rainbow, Building a Nation: The Politics Behind #Mustfall MovementsEnglish
Lodewyk G du PlessisDie dao van Daan van der WaltAfrikaans

Category: Poetry Award

Author Book title Language
Tony UllyattAn Unobtrusive ViceEnglish
Willie van der MerweDoodmenslikAfrikaans
Nathan TrantraalAlles het niet kom wôd Afrikaans
Ayanda BillieUmhlaba UmanziisiXhosa

Category: K Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award

AuthorBook titleLanguage
Chase RhysKinnesAfrikaans

Category: Novel Award

AuthorBook titleLanguage
Charl-Pierre NaudéDie ongelooflike onskuld van Dirkie VerweyAfrikaans
Sabata-mpho MokaeMoletlo wa ManongSetswana
Ingrid WinterbachDie troebel tydAfrikaans

Category: Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award

AuthorBook titleLanguage
Ken BarrisThe Life of Worm and Other MisconceptionsEnglish
Niq MhlongoSoweto, Under the Apricot TreeEnglish

Category: Creative Non-Fiction Literary Award

AuthorBook titleLanguage
Sylvia NeameImprisoned: The Experience of a Prisoner Under ApartheidEnglish
Jonathan JansenAs by Fire: The End of the South African UniversityEnglish
Jeremy VeareyJeremy vannie ElsiesAfrikaans

Category: Literary Translator’s Award

Dominique BothaKamphoer to The Camp WhoreAfrikaans to English
Michiel HeynsBuys to Red DogAfrikaans to English

Category: Literary Journalism Award

Author Publications Language
Jennifer MalecBody of workEnglish
Wamuwi MbaoBody of workEnglish

Category: Lifetime Achievement Award

Louise SmitBody of workAfrikaans
Cornelius Tennyson Daniel (CTD) Marivate Body of workXitsonga

Category: Posthumous Literary Award

To be announced at the awards ceremony

Category: Chairperson’s Award

To be announced at the award ceremony

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