The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) and the Other Foundation are pleased to announce that submissions for the fourth annual Gerald Kraak Prize and Anthology for 2021 are open.
Submissions for The Gerald Kraak Prize are kept open all year round. Selections for the 2021 anthology will completed by the end of September 2020.
Created in honour of the late activist Gerald Kraak’s extraordinary legacy of supporting human rights, this prize advances his contribution to building a world that is safe and welcoming to all.
This unique prize calls for multi-layered, brave and stirring African voices that represent a new wave of fresh storytelling, one that provokes thought on the topics of gender, social justice and sexuality.
- Photography—now extended to include all visual arts with the exception of video and electronic
Only the very best work submitted will be shortlisted and published in the anthology, with the winners announced in 2021 at a ceremony hosted by the Other Foundation.
Gerald Kraak (1956–2014) was a passionate champion of social justice, an anti-apartheid activist and the head of the Atlantic Philanthropies’ Reconciliation and Human Rights Programme in South Africa. He authored two books, including the European Union Literary Award-winning Ice in the Lungs (Jacana, 2005), which explores South African politics, and directed a documentary on gay conscripts in the apartheid army. He will be remembered for being kind and generous, delightfully irreverent and deeply committed to realising an equal and just society for all. His unfinished novel, Shadow Play, posthumously completed by Alison Lowry, was published by Jacana Media in May 2017.
About the Other Foundation
The Other Foundation is an African Trust that gathers support for those who are working to protect and advance the rights, wellbeing and social inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities—and gives support in a smart way that helps groups to work better for lasting change.
About the Jacana Literary Foundation
The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) is a not-for-profit organisation which seeks to promote and foster writing excellence from Africa through a number of initiatives. By securing funding for key projects, the JLF aims to publish literature that might not otherwise see publication for purely commercial reasons. This allows the JLF’s publishing partner, Jacana Media, to produce literature which supports the concept of bibliodiversity. We believe that it is through the reading and writing of local creative works that the truths of our lives are best told.
About the award
Submissions must be in English and from Africa.
The winner is awarded R 25,000 and publication by Jacana Media and its publishing partners.
The project is funded by the Other Foundation, and administered by the Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF).