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M-NET BOOK PRIZE (article first published : 2004-03-22)

Every year, Africa’s premiere pay television station M-Net announces call for entry for its prestigious awards for outstanding literary works. Now in its 13th season, the M-Net Book Prize has established itself as South Africa’s leading literary award, rewarding excellence for novels published in all of the 11 official languages.

This year, the entries are only open to novelists of indigenous languages of South Africa whose books were published in the period between November 1, 1999, and November 30, 2003. The M-Net Book Prize will be awarding five prizes, one in each of the following African language categories: Nguni, Sotho, Venda, Tsonga and Afrikaans. A total of R100,000 in cash prizes - R20,000 per category – will be awarded to the winning novelists.

M-Net have also introduced a new category for unpublished works and will be awarding five prizes in the manuscript category. Each winning manuscript in the Nguni, Sotho, Venda, Tsonga and Afrikaans categories will be awarded 100 printed copies plus R5,000 cash.

The M-Net book award aims to encourage the publication of original works in the indigenous languages of the country. This is in line with the Language Clause in the Constitution, which challenges language and communication bodies to promote the use of all the languages of South Africa, and most importantly to nurture previously marginalized indigenous languages.

All entries are judged in each category by an esteemed panel of key players in the literary field. Included on the panel is the main advisor, Professor Cynthia Marivate (CEO, Pan South Africa Language Board) who has been advising and judging in the competition for more than five years. Judging criteria ranges from literary merit and strong narrative content to accessibility to a broad reading public.

For the purposes of the M-Net Book Prize, the Nguni Prize will be awarded to a novel written in Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele or Swazi and the Sotho Prize to a novel in South Sotho, North Sotho or Tswana. Criteria for judging the M-Net Book Prize include literary merit; a strong narrative content; accessibility to a broad reading public, and relevance to actualities.

With few weeks before closing date- all writers and aspiring writers must submit their entries by March 30, 2004. Winners of the 2004 M-Net Book Prize will be announced in a joint function with Nasboek Literary Awards in June of 2004.

Entry forms can be downloaded from the M-Net website: www.mnet.co.za, alternatively contact Nonhlanhla Gabula on 011 686 6052, fax 011 686 6643, or e-mail: ngabula@mnet.co.za




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