[The JRB Daily] 2020 South African Literary Awards winners announced

The winners of the 2020 South African Literary Awards have been announced.

The winning writers were announced in a virtual ceremony on 7 November 2020, International African Writers’ Day.

Now in their fifteenth year, the SALAs are awarded annually by the wRite Associates and the Department of Arts and Culture to celebrate literary excellence in all the languages of South Africa.

The prize seeks to

pay tribute to South African writers who have distinguished themselves as groundbreaking producers and creators of literature, while celebrating literary excellence in the depiction and sharing of South Africa’s histories, value systems, philosophies and art as inscribed and preserved in all the official languages of South Africa.

Congratulations to all the winners!

2020 South African Literary Award winners

CategoryAuthorTitle of book/publication
Children’s Literature AwardNiki DalyIt’s Jamela!EnglishCitation
Youth Literature AwardTrevor NoahBorn A Crime, Edition for Young ReadersEnglishCitation
First-time Published Author AwardLize Albertyn-Du ToitDie Kinders van SpookwerweAfrikaansCitation
First-time Published Author AwardTrevor SacksLucky PacketEnglishCitation
K Sello Duiker Memorial AwardPhumlani PikoliBorn FreeloadersEnglishCitation
Poetry AwardMarlise JoubertGrondwaterAfrikaansCitation
Poetry AwardMusawenkosi KhanyileAll the PlacesEnglishCitation
Creative Non-Fiction AwardToni StrasburgHolding the FortEnglishCitation
Nadine Gordimer Short Story AwardFred KhumaloTalk of the TownEnglishCitation
Literary Journalism AwardBongani MavusoBody of workisiZuluCitation
Novel AwardFiona SnyckersLacunaEnglishCitation
Literary Translators AwardRefiloe MoahluliYheke Yanga! Umdlali ka3 Toti uba yintshatsheli yeqakambaisiXhosaCitation
Posthumous Literary AwardMakhokolotso Albertina MokhomoSesothoCitation
Chairperson’s Literary AwardRecius Melato MalopeBody of workSetswanaCitation
Lifetime Achievement Literary AwardGubudla Aaron MalindzisaBody of workSiswatiCitation

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