M-Net Literary Awards

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M-Net Literary Awards (1991–2013) was a South African literary award. It was established in 1991 by M-Net (Electronic Media Network), a South African television station. It was among South Africa's most prestigious literary honours. The prize was created to encourage the writing of quality novels by South African authors in one of South Africa's 11 official languages. The award was suspended indefinitely after the 2013 season.[1]

Winners received a prize of R50,000 beginning in 2011, up from R30,000 in previous years.[2] M-Net also had a film category, which offered a prize for a novel showing the greatest promise for translation into a visual medium.[2]

Award winners[edit]


The 2013 M-Net Literary Awards were announced at a ceremony at The Maslow Hotel in Johannesburg on 20 September.[3]


The winners were announced at an event at the Hyatt Regency in Johannesburg in October 2012.[4]

  • English category: Homemaking for the Down-at-Heart by Finuala Dowling (Kwela)
  • Afrikaans category: Sirkusboere by Sonja Loots (Tafelberg)
  • African Languages category (Sesotho): Manong a lapile by N Maake (Ekaam Publishers)
  • African Languages category (Tshivenda): Murunzi wa Vhutshilo by Takalani Mbedzi (Bard Publishers)
  • African Languages category (Sepedi): Tšhweu ya ditsebe by Herbert Lentsoane
  • Film category: 7 Dae by Deon Meyer (Human & Rousseau)

In 2011, 95 novels, published between January and December 2010, were submitted for consideration in the various award categories. The winners were celebrated at a gala event in Cape Town.[2]

  • English category: Double Negative by Ivan Vladislavic (Umuzi)
  • Afrikaans category: Die Benederyk by Ingrid Winterbach (Human & Rousseau)
  • Nguni category: Inkululeko Isentabeni by Ncedile Saule (Hibbard Publishers)
  • Sesotho category: Lehutso by KJ Sekele (Hibbard Publishers)
  • Film category: Happiness is a Four-letter Word by Cynthia Jele (Kwela)

The 2010 M-Net Literary and Film Awards, which previously had been held at the same function as the Via Afrika Awards, were announced separately for the first time this year.[5]

  • English category: Small Moving Parts by Sally-Ann Murray (Kwela)
  • Afrikaans category: Santa Gamka by Eben Venter (Tafelberg)
  • Nguni category: Iingada Zibuyile Endle (Wild cats have come home) by P. Mtuze (Vivlia)
  • Sepedi/Sesotho category: Ga di Mphelele (Let them live for me) by M.S. Machitela (Lingua Franca)
  • Film category: Plaasmoord by Karin Brynard (Human & Rousseau)

The 2009 M-Net Literary Awards were announced at a ceremony in Camps Bay, Cape Town. For the first time this year, a "Film" award was given for a novel that could potentially become a film on M-Net.[6]

  • English category: The Rowing Lesson by Anne Landsman
  • Afrikaans category: 30 nagte in Amsterdam by Etienne van Heerden
  • African languages (Sepedi/Sesotho): Babuši ba Lehono (Today's Leaders) by Mathethe Molope
  • African languages (Tshivenda): Nne na inwi (You and Me) by Tsireledzo Mushoma
  • Film category: 13 Uur by Deon Meyer
  • Non-fiction Recht Malan Prize: The Dirty Work of Democracy by Antony Altbeker
  • Life Achievement Award: Prof Mazisi Kunene
  • Nguni category:
    • Fiction: Isiqalo Esisha (A new beginning) by SD Khumalo
    • Poetry: Intathakusa by C Nyanda and JJ Thwala
  • English category: David's Story by Zoe Wicomb
  • Afrikaans category: Die Swye van Mario Salviati by Etienne van Heerden
  • Nguni category: Ifa Ngukufa by MJ Mngadi
  • Sesotho languages category: Njeng manong fa ke sule! (Devour me, vultures, when I'm dead!) by Kabelo Duncan Kgatea
  • Tshivenda: Tshi do Lilwa by N Phaswana
  • Tsonga: Mbilu ya Wanuna by NB Mkhari
  • Afrikaans category: Karolina Ferreira by Lettie Viljoen (pseudonym of Ingrid Winterbach).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Carolyn (6 January 2014). "M-Net Literary Awards Suspended Indefinitely". Books LIVE. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "The 2011 M-Net Literary Awards Winners". Books LIVE. Retrieved 21 June 2011.
  3. ^ Carolyn (20 September 2013). "The 2013 M-Net Literary Awards Winners". Books LIVE. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
  4. ^ Carolyn (19 October 2012). "The 2012 M-Net Literary Awards Winners". Books LIVE. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  5. ^ "The 2010 M-Net Literary Awards Winners". Books LIVE. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  6. ^ "2009 M-Net Literary Award Winners". Books LIVE. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Wicomb takes M-Net Prize". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 6 June 2013.

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