The winner in each category will be awarded a prize of R50 000 as well as a publishing contract with Penguin Books (South Africa) that will include worldwide distribution via Penguin Group companies.
Through this award Penguin aims to highlight the diverse writing talent on the African continent and make new African fiction and non-fiction available to a wider readership.
The shortlists will be announced in April and the prize in each of the two categories will be awarded in September.
Criteria for entry and rules for the fiction prize Novels of freshness and originality that represent the finest examples of contemporary fiction out of Africa will be considered
Submissions must be typed full-length works of fiction (generally between 60 000 and 100 000 words);
Poetry, plays, and short story collections will not be considered Submissions in the children’s literature, science fiction or fantasy genres will not be considered
Submissions should be previously unpublished works and the rights available to Penguin Books (SA) for worldwide publication and distribution
Submissions must be original works, from established or new writers
Submissions must be in English
Translations into English will be accepted, as long as the rights to publish in English around the world are not held by another publisher
Entrants must be citizens of an African country, where Africa is defined as continental Africa and the associated islands
The competition is not open to Penguin employees, screeners or judges for the prize, nor to members of their families
The judging panel will be convened by Penguin Books (SA)
The shortlist of entries will be communicated to the successful entrants
The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into
Submissions must preferably be emailed to:
Hard copy submissions will only be accepted under exceptional circumstances after formal correspondence with the Prize.
Administrator on firstname.lastname@example.org or addressed to
The Prize Administrator,
PO Box 9, Parklands 2121,
Entrants may submit only ONE entry.
Entrants must keep copies of their work as manuscripts will not be returned.
Submission Deadline; 30 January.