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SANLAM LITERARY AWARD WINNERS (article first published : 2002-07-28)

The winners of the 2002 Sanlam Literary Award (for short stories) were honoured at a function in the Settlersí Monument, Grahamstown, during the recent National Arts Festival.

Ashraf Jamal won the award for best-published story and Johannesburg actor/writer Renos Spanoudes took first and runner-up prizes for two of his unpublished short stories.

Jamalís winning story, The Shades is the title story from an eponymous anthology published by Brevitas. It was inspired by Jamalís encounter with the darker side of life in KZN where he and his family have lived for a year. The text is brief but rich in poetic resonances which add complexity and enormous reach in the words of Stephen Gray, one of the judges. A lecturer at the University of Natalís Pietermaritzburg campus, Jamal has published a novel, poetry and critical commentary on arts and culture.

Winner of the unpublished category, Renos Spanoudes chalked up a long and successful career as a brand manager for Steers before changing course less than a year ago when he devoted himself to the arts. He is a member of one of Lionel Abrahamís weekly writing groups where he alternates between poetry and prose. His play Tsafendas enjoyed a successful run at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees this year, later transferring to Darling at Pieter-Dirk Uysí request.

Spanoudes had to cancel the productionís proposed National Arts Festival season as he landed a role in a production of Pinocchio. The three stories he submitted are rooted in the experience of the South African Greek who doesnít feel entirely accepted. His light touch, keen ear for dialogue and vivid observation form a reader-friendly surface layer through which delicate implications of deeper meaning shimmer through. Mercury was judged to be the best, with The Apple Tree and Of Goats and Roses sharing the position of first runner-up.

Runners-up in the published category were K Sello Duiker for Giant and Shawn de Waal for his story Exposure. Jacky Uys was second runner-up in the unpublished category. Her story was titled The Secret. Both Gray and his fellow judge Tim Huisamen were struck by the exponential increase in the numbers of unpublished scripts submitted Ė nearly 500 as opposed to 80 published stories. The figures suggest that more South Africans are writing and fewer are being published, said Gray.




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