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M-NET LITERARY AWARDS 2007 (article first published : 2007-11-25)

Accolades keep coming for South African writers as the M-Net Literary Awards now enters its 17th year of celebrating the richness of the country’s creative writing. The M-Net Literary Awards has established itself as the yardstick of literary excellence in South Africa, attracting more and more entries each year. This year, the competition is open to all published novels written in all official South African languages, created between January 2007 and December 2007. The closing date for submission is November 30, 2007.

For the purposes of the M-Net Literary Awards, all published works submitted in 11 official languages will be grouped in six language categories, namely: Nguni (IsiZulu, IsiXhosa, IsiNdebele, SeSwazi), SeSotho (South Sotho, North Sotho, SeTswana), TshiVenda, SeTsonga, Afrikaans and English. The overall prize totals R190,00 in cash with the winner from each category walking away with R30,000 in cash. In addition, M-Net will award one writer who has made an outstanding contribution to the literary fraternity with a Lifetime Achievement Award. This award carries a prize of R10,000. “M-Net is very proud to have created this initiative as creative writing forms the integral part of our business. Hence it is such a great pleasure for us to give acknowledgment to the best in this fraternity,” says Glen Marques, CEO M-Net.

The judging criteria range from literary merit and strong narrative content to accessibility to a broad reading public. All entries will be judged in each category by an esteemed panel of key players in the literary field. Spearheading the judging process will be publishing consultant and book editor Hettie Scholtz; (writer and publisher Mothobi Mutloatse, and the patron of M-Net Literary Awards Mr Mandla Langa.

A book previously submitted in this competition in another language or which has been published elsewhere in any other language will not be eligible for entry. This condition thus precludes adaptations and translations. Publishers or individuals may enter books for the M-Net Literary Awards, provided that the consent of the author, his/her heir or authorized representative has been obtained in writing. The decision of the administrator, advisers, and judges of the M-Net Literary Awards as to what constitutes a winning book is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

Ten copies of each book entered must be forwarded, together with the attached entry form, to The Administrator, M-Net Literary Awards, PO Box 2963, Pinegowrie, 2123, South Africa. Contact 011 686 6052, fax 011 686 6666; e-mail: ngabula@mnet.co.za or courier to M-Net- Electronic Media, 137 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg, 2194.

The closing date is November 30 and entry forms can be obtained by calling the Administrator on 011 686 6048 or via the M-Net website- www.mnet.co.za




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