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SANLAM LITERARY AWARD (article first published : 1999-07-16)

The presentation of the prizes to the winners of the Sanlam Literary Award took place July 7, during the 25th anniversary of the Standard Bank National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Those who evaluated the 113 published stories and the 656 entries in the open category are all experts in the field of literature. Stephen Gray is a celebrated poet, novelist and scholar. Kate Turkington is an author, former academic, radio talkshow host, travel writer and journalist. Peter Thuynsma, an authority on African literature, has studied with the legendary Es'kia Mphahlele.

Fast becoming one of the most successful writers in the country, Rachelle Greeff won the Sanlam Literary Award and R5,000 for the best original short story published since 1997. Tell Him It Is Never Too Late is from The Torn Veil, compiled by Annemarié van Niekerk. Having studied both drama and journalism at the University of Stellenbosch, her career has seen her reporting, subbing and writing for numerous magazines and newspapers. Her short stories have appeared in various publications and collections and her third volume is about to be published. She has written a novel, Al die windrigtings van my wêreld, already translated into German and due to be released in English. She is studying for her MA in creative writing at the University of Cape Town and recently received the 1999 M-Net bursary for this purpose.

In the unpublished section, R4,000 goes to journalist Arja Salafranca for Couple on the Beach. This author also took the 1994 Sanlam Literary Award for Poetry with her entry in the unrestricted category. At the age of 21, her Solly Bernstein's Story was published in The Finishing Touch, Stories from the 1991 Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award, edited by Andries Walter Oliphant. Interestingly, her tales (which are usually about relationships -often sexual - and feelings) have been included in Lyfspel / BodyPlay, edited by Rachelle Greeff, and (like Greeff) in Van Niekerk's The Torn Veil.

Of the overall standard, Stephen Gray says: "The winners are absolutely brilliant, dazzling, and the standard of the better stories was high. But there was also a lot of shoddy work. People need to do more homework and read sideways." Peter Thuynsma concurs: "Too many simply tell a story with no notion of a point of focus, its prescriptive dimensions, or the sheer discipline it requires."


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