Deadline: 31 July 2018
Entries are now open for the Fleur du Cap Award-winning SCrIBE Scriptwriting Competition. Original scripts are sought, in English, no longer than 40 pages or 80 minutes long. SCrIBE is a platform for South African writers to develop their work, with a number of prizes that changes each year depending on the most suitable support for a designated writer and script. The finalists of the competition have the opportunity for their play to be presented at a staged reading then receive feedback from the professional director and actors involved as well as the audience members. Prizes have included winning scripts being produced for a run at a professional theatre, mentorship programs and further script development support. The entry form may be found on the Imbewu Trust website
Deadline: 30 June 2018
Calling all first-time fiction writers. The 2018 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award is Open for Submissions (open to SADC Citizens). The award is administered by the Jacana Literary Fund. From 2018 writers from all SADC countries (South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe) are eligible. “For the past 14 years, first as the European Union Literary Award and now as The Dinaane Debut Fiction Award, the submission process has unearthed great new South African literary talent. The books that have been published under this award have reflected the many strands of conversation that are woven together in the common language of fiction. The latest winner, Selling LipService by Tammy Baikie, is longlisted for this year’s Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. The overall winner, selected by a panel of judges, stands a chance to win R35 000, be published by Jacana Media, get great coverage as a debut author and be part of Exclusive Books’ Homebru campaign. For inquiries about guidelines and entering, please mail email@example.com.
Deadline: 4 May 2018
Pearson South Africa invites experienced, new and aspiring writers to submit their unpublished and original Youth Fiction for teenagers aged 16 to 18 years. Youth novels submitted should be between 25 000 and 45 000 words. Manuscripts submitted can explore the following themes but are not limited to: comedy, romance, fantasy, sport and adventure. A prize of R 10 000.00 will be awarded to each winner and the winning entries will be considered for publication by Pearson. A prize of R3 500 will be awarded to each finalist. Full details can be found here.
Write Africa Write! is PEN South Africa’s call for African writers to say what they wish to say and to eschew the divisions of the past in favour of the idea of one humanity living in peace on one continent. PEN South Africa is affiliated to PEN International – an organisation operating on all six continents that represents writers of the world, defends free expression and encourages literature. A leading voice of literature, PEN brings together poets, novelists, essayists, historians, playwrights, critics, translators, editors, journalists and screenwriters in a common concern for the craft and art of writing and a commitment to freedom of expression through the written word. Any questions regarding awards, competitions, residencies, events, etc., should be sent directly to the relevant organisers. PEN SA attempts to establish that the information received is genuine before sharing it on our website, but we cannot be held responsible should that not be the case. Submissions
Submissions Call for Manatee Books
Submissions deadline: Open
Manatee Books are committed to publishing only the very best stories out there. We are looking for fresh, exciting new talent and are accepting submissions for the following genres:
Psychological Suspense/Domestic Noir
Police Procedurals/Detective Novels
All submissions are accepted electronically via email, and should include;
· The first 20 pages of the manuscript (normal font, 12 point and double spaced)
· A synopsis of your work (no more than 1500 words)
· A cover letter telling us about you and your writing career to date.
Please send all of the above as email attachments in either Word or PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org We do read every submission that we receive, and aim to get back to you within 4-6 weeks. Please be aware that we do receive hundreds of submissions, and this response time is only a guide. After 6 weeks, if you have not had a response please do contact us.
About Manatee Books: Manatee Books was set up in 2017, by best-selling author Lisa Hall in conjunction with blogger turned freelance publishing guru Liz Barnsley. Our aim is to bring top quality fiction to the digital market. We are a small outfit, intent on publishing only the best of crime and women’s fiction. Our focus is on building the author brand, ensuring that all of our authors receive bestseller treatment through a strong marketing strategy and the knowledge that the Manatee Books team are there to support them through the entire publication journey.
Imagnary House is a boutique publishing house for children’s books and young adult literature in Cape Town, South Africa.
Imagnary House is focused on building a larger market for African children’s authors and illustrators by both igniting the local readership and engaging with international readers, rights’ and literary agents.
Imagnary House is opening their submissions, and are looking to build up their publication list for the next 2 years. What are they looking for? They love stories that are fun and imaginative, but also address current societal issues for children. They want simple stories that mean something and can feed positively into our children’s futures. However, they don’t like didactic or educational texts, and lean towards manuscripts that are diverse and can travel across different cultures and countries.
Imagnary House will consider submissions in the following genres:
• Children’s long form fiction (think Roald Dahl and CS Lewis narratives)
• Young-adult science-fiction, fantasy, or alternative-reality novels
• Comic books and graphic novels
Writers and illustrators can submit their work on Imagnary House’s submissions page.