Media24 Books Literary Awards

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The Media24 Books Literary Awards (Known pre-2011 as the Via Afrika Awards[1]) are a group of South African literary prizes awarded annually by Media24, the print-media arm of the South African media company Naspers. They are open to authors whose books are published within the Media24 Books stable, which includes NB Publishers, Jonathan Ball Publishers, LuxVerbi-BM, NVA, and Van Schaik Publishers. The awards were worth R35 000 each in 2013, and the total prize fund in 2020 was R210 000.[2]

The awards comprise:

  • The WA Hofmeyr Prize, a long-established prize, across all genres, for authors who could “potentially, through their outstanding writing, shift the boundaries of Afrikaans literature”
  • The Herman Charles Bosman Prize for English literature, including drama, poetry, prose and fiction
  • The Recht Malan Prize, which “acknowledges excellence in the field of non-fiction books”
  • The MER Prizes for illustrated children’s books and youth literature
  • The Elisabeth Eybers Prize for poetry in Afrikaans or English (introduced in 2014)

The Jan Rabie Rapport Prize for “a debut or early work characterised by fresh and innovative Afrikaans prose” was awarded annually at the same awards ceremony as the Media24 prizes until 2015.[3] The Jan Rabie Prize is open to all publishers in South Africa while only titles published by Media24 Books publishers qualify for the Media24 Books Literary Awards.[4] The M-Net Literary Awards were also awarded at the same function up until 2010.[5]

Media24 Books Literary Awards winners[edit]

2020[6]

The 2020 awards were heavily criticised for their lack of diversity. The winners included six white males and one white female, while the 18 judges consisted of only two people of colour.[2]

  • W.A. Hofmeyr Prize: Zirk van den Berg for Ek wens, ek wens
  • Herman Charles Bosman Prize: Trevor Sacks for Lucky Packet
  • Recht Malan Prize: Jonny Steinberg for One day in Bethlehem[7]
  • M.E.R Prize for best youth novel: Edyth Bulbring for The Choice Between Us
  • M.E.R. Prize for best illustrated children’s book: Fanie Viljoen for Die dag toe die draak kom: ’n Boek vir meisies and Theodore Key for Die hasie van fluweel
  • Jan Rabie Rapport Prize:
  • Elisabeth Eybers Prize: Loftus Marais for Jan, Piet, Koos and Jakob
2019[8]
  • W.A. Hofmeyr Prize: Andries Buys for Die Dao van Daan van der Walt
  • Herman Charles Bosman Prize: Niq Mhlongo for Soweto, Under the Apricot Tree
  • Recht Malan Prize: Rob Rose for Steinheist: Markus Jooste, Steinhoff and SA’s biggest corporate fraud
  • M.E.R Prize for best youth novel: Sally Ann Partridge for Mine
  • M.E.R. Prize for best illustrated children’s book: Dihanna Taute and Theodore Key for Die legendariese Lua Verwey
  • Jan Rabie Rapport Prize:
  • Elisabeth Eybers Prize: Gabeba Baderoon for The History of Intimacy
2018[9]
  • W.A. Hofmeyr Prize: Eben Venter for Groen soos die hemel daarbo
  • Herman Charles Bosman Prize: Ken Barris for The Life of Worm and Other Misconceptions
  • Recht Malan Prize: Jacques Pauw for The President’s Keepers
  • M.E.R Prize for best youth novel: Carin Krahtz for Blou is nie ’n kleur nie
  • M.E.R. Prize for best illustrated children’s book: Rosamund Haden and Tony Pinchuck for The All Africa Wildlife Express
  • Jan Rabie Rapport Prize:
  • Elisabeth Eybers Prize: Marlene van Niekerk for In die stille agterkamer
2017
  • W.A. Hofmeyr Prize: Dan Sleigh for ‘1795’
  • Herman Charles Bosman Prize: Not awarded
  • Recht Malan Prize: Sean Christie for ‘Under Nelson Mandela Boulevard: Life Among the Stowaways’
  • M.E.R Prize for best youth novel: Edyth Bulbring for ‘Snitch’
  • M.E.R. Prize for best illustrated children’s book: Ingrid Mennen and Irene Berg (illustrator) for ‘Ink’
  • Jan Rabie Rapport Prize:
  • Elisabeth Eybers Prize: Bibi Slippers for ‘Fotostaatmajien’
2016
  • W.A. Hofmeyr Prize:ingrid Winterbach for’Vlakwater’
  • Herman Charles Bosman Prize: Finuala Dowling for ‘The Fetch’
  • Recht Malan Prize: Milton Shain for ‘A Perfect Storm: Antisemitism in South Africa 1930-1948
  • M.E.R Prize for best youth novel: Carin Krahtz for ‘Elton amper famous April en juffrou Brom’
  • M.E.R. Prize for best illustrated children’s book: Elizabeth Wasserman and Astrid Castle (illustrator) for ‘Die Dingesfabriek 4: Jannus en Kriek en die tydmasjien’
  • Jan Rabie Rapport Prize:
  • Elisabeth Eybers Prize: Gilbert Gibson for ‘vry-‘
2015[10]
  • W.A. Hofmeyr Prize: Buys: ’n grensroman by Willem Anker
  • Herman Charles Bosman Prize: A Sportful Malice' by Michiel Heyns
  • Recht Malan Prize: Lost and Found in Johannesburg by Mark Gevisser
  • M.E.R Prize for best youth novel: Alive Again by Andre Eva Bosch
  • M.E.R. Prize for best illustrated children’s book: Noko and the Kool Kats by Fiona Moodie
  • Jan Rabie Rapport Prize:
  • Elisabeth Eybers Prize: Mede-wete by Antjie Krog
2014[11]
  • W.A. Hofmeyr Prize: Klimtol by Etienne van Heerden
  • Herman Charles Bosman Prize: Shadows by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma
  • Recht Malan Prize: The Hidden Thread: Russia and South Africa in the Soviet Era by Irina Filatova and Apollon Davidson
  • M.E.R Prize for best youth novel: Sharp Edges by S.A. Partridge
  • M.E.R. Prize for best illustrated children’s book: In die land van pamperlang by Linda Rode and illustrated by Johann Strauss
  • Jan Rabie Rapport Prize: Valsrivier by Dominique Bothar
  • Elisabeth Eybers Prize: Kaar by Marlene van Niekerk
2013[12]
  • W.A. Hofmeyr Prize: Die aanspraak van lewende wesens by Ingrid Winterbach
  • Herman Charles Bosman Prize: Groundwork by Rustum Kozain
  • Recht Malan Prize: The External Mission by Stephen Ellis
  • M.E.R Prize for best youth novel: Totsiens, Koning Arthur by Annelie Ferreira
  • M.E.R. Prize for best illustrated children’s book: Ben en die walvisse by Ingrid Mennen
  • Jan Rabie Rapport Prize: Bloedfamilie by MS Burger
2012[4]
  • W.A. Hofmeyr Prize: Wals met Matilda by Dan Sleigh
  • Herman Charles Bosman Prize: Lost Ground by Michiel Heyns
  • Recht Malan Prize: Diepsloot by Anton Harber
  • M.E.R Prize for best youth novel: Dark Poppy’s Demise by SA Partridge
  • M.E.R. Prize for best illustrated children’s book: Goblin Diaries by Alex D’Angelo, illustrated by Marjorie van Heerden
  • Jan Rabie Rapport Prize: Alfabet van die voëls by S.J. Naudé
2011[13]
  • W.A. Hofmeyr Prize: Dwaalpoort by Alexander Strachan
  • Herman Charles Bosman Prize: Young Blood by Sifiso Mzobe
  • Recht Malan Prize: The War for South Africa: The Anglo-Boer War: 1899-1902 by Bill Nasson
  • M.E.R Prize for best youth novel: Willem Poprok by Derick van der Walt
  • M.E.R. Prize for best illustrated children’s book: Just Sisi / Net Sisi by Wendy Hartmann, illustrated by Joan Rankin
  • Jan Rabie Rapport Prize: Marike se laaste dans by Deborah Steinmair

Via Afrika Awards winners[edit]

2010
2009[14]
  • WA Hofmeyr Award: Etienne van Heerden, 30 nagte in Amsterdam
  • Herman Charles Bosman Prize: Michiel Heyns, Bodies Politic
  • Recht Malan Prize: Shared between Tony Leon and Jonny Steinberg On the Contrary and Three-letter Plague
  • MER Prize for youth literature: Derick van der Walt, Lien se lankstaanskoene
  • MER Prize for illustrated children's books: Siyolo’s Jersey/Siyolo se trui by Mari Grobler, illustrated by Elizabeth Pulles
  • Jan Rabie Rapport Prize: Karin Cronje, Alles mooi weer
2008
  • Herman Charles Bosman Prize: Gail Dendy, The Lady Missionary (honorable mention)
  • Herman Charles Bosman Prize: Niq Mhlongo, After Tears (honorable mention)
2007
  • Herman Charles Bosman Prize: Maxine Case, All We Have Left Unsaid (co-winner)
  • Herman Charles Bosman Prize: Kgebetli Moele, Room 207 (co-winner)
2006
2005
2004
  • Herman Charles Bosman Prize: Rayda Jacobs, Confessions of a Gambler
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
  • Herman Charles Bosman Prize: Achmat Dangor, Kafka's Curse: A Novella & Three Other Stories
1997

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2010 Jan Rabie Rapport and Via Afrika Literary Awards Shortlists". Books LIVE. Retrieved June 06, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Eloff, Herman. "Media24 Books apologise after outcry over lack of diversity in its annual book awards". Arts. Retrieved 2020-06-20.
  3. ^ "The 2011 Jan Rabie Rapport Prize and Media24 Books Literary Awards Winners". Books LIVE. Retrieved June 06, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Winners of the 2012 Jan Rabie Rapport Prize and Media24 Books Literary Awards". Books LIVE. Retrieved June 07, 2013.
  5. ^ "The 2010 M-Net Literary Awards Winners". Books LIVE. Retrieved June 09, 2013.
  6. ^ "Winners of the 2020 Media24 Books Literary Prizes announced". TimesLIVE. Retrieved 2020-06-19.
  7. ^ "2020 Media24 Books Literary Prize: Recht Malan Prize for Nonfiction". LitNet. 2020-06-18. Retrieved 2020-06-19.
  8. ^ "Winners of 2019 Media24 Books Literary Prizes announced". TimesLIVE. Retrieved 2020-06-19.
  9. ^ "» Media24 Books 2018 Prize Winners Announced!". Retrieved 2020-06-19.
  10. ^ "Winners of the 2015 Media24 Books Literary Awards Announced in Cape Town". Books Live. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Winners of the 2014 Media24 Books Literary Awards and Jan Rabie Rapport Prize Announced". Books Live. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Winners of the 2013 Jan Rabie Rapport Prize and Media24 Books Literary Awards". Books LIVE. Retrieved June 10, 2013
  13. ^ "The 2011 Jan Rabie Rapport Prize and Media24 Books Literary Awards Winners". Books LIVE. Retrieved June 07, 2013
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