Dinaane Debut Fiction Award

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The Dinaane Debut Fiction Award, formerly the European Union Literary Award, is a South African literary award.[1] This award is open to South African and SADC[2] writers who are residents of these countries. The manuscripts that are submitted must be a first, unpublished work of fiction in English,[3] or translations of other South African languages into English providing the work has not been published in other languages. The word "dinaane" means "telling our stories together" in Setswana, says Jacana.[1]

In 2015, the European Union Literary Award was renamed the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award.[1] It is supported by various European Union embassies and commissions operating in South Africa. The winner is awarded a cash prize of R35 000.00 along with publication of their manuscript with Jacana Media. In honor of Gerald Kraak, who helped run Jacana Media until his death in 2014[4], the Kraak Writing Grant is also awarded. The grant is awarded to an entrant whose manuscript showed great promise and who would most benefit from a three-month mentor-ship with an industry leading mentor. The Dinaane Debut Fiction Award was first given in 2004.[1]


European Union Literary Award
Dinaane Debut Fiction Award


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  5. ^ Shukri, Ishtiyaq (February 4, 2005). "Written in secret". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
  6. ^ "Kopano Matlwa's first novel, Coconut, won her the European Union Literary Award for first-time authors. She is a medical student at the University of Cape Town: Unknown". The Daily News. Durban, South Africa. April 22, 2009.
  7. ^ "Student wins European Union award". The Sunday Independent. South Africa. March 25, 2007. p. 18.
  8. ^ "Prize-winning debut novel is quite a ride: Main Book". The Sunday Independent. Johannesburg. January 3, 2010.
  9. ^ "Academic named top novelist". Cape Argus. South Africa. April 27, 2012.
  10. ^ Childes, Tarah. "Interview with Penny Busetto". Aerodrome. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
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  12. ^ "Mubanga Kalimamukwento wins Dinaane Debut Fiction Award for her novel The Mourning Bird". readinglist.click. Retrieved April 17, 2019.

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