Central News Agency Literary Award

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The Central News Agency Literary Award (CNA Literary Award, CNA Prize) was a major annual literary award in South Africa.[1] It was named for the CNA chain of bookstores. Founded by Phillip Stein,[2] it recognised works in prose and poetry, and in both the English language and Afrikaans.[3]

The last award was presented in 1996,[4] although CNA later launched a "Book of the Year" award for popular bestsellers of any genre.[5]

Past winners (incomplete list)[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Described as the 'then principal literary award', in 1977, by nobelprize.org.[1]
  2. ^ a b RIP the Founder of the CNA Literary Award, Philip Stein | Books LIVE
  3. ^ There was no restriction by language within South Africa's indigenous languages (Callil and Tóibín, The Modern Library (1999) p.223); authors must be South African by birth or permanent residence.
  4. ^ Reporter, Staff (14 March 1997). "Farewell to CNA award". Mail and Guardian. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Zapiro and Wilbur Smith Make the CNA "Book of the Year" Shortlist | Books LIVE
  6. ^ "African Book Awards Database". Indiana University. Retrieved 12 August 2015.