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HSBC/SA PEN LITERARY AWARD (article first published : 2005-05-19)

SA PEN, in partnership with HSBC Bank plc and New Africa Books, announces the second in a series of publications for the annual HSBC/SA PEN Literary Award.

The first in the series, New Writing from Southern Africa – 2005 will be launched in June this year and prizes will then be awarded. Over 370 entries were received and were judged by readers and an editorial board. A short list was drawn up and prize winners were selected from this list by J M Coetzee.

For the second volume, young writers from South Africa and all other SADC countries (see below) are again invited to submit original, previously unpublished Short Stories. The best entries will be selected by the editorial board for a book to be published next year, New Writing from Southern Africa– 2006.

Prize winners will be selected by Nobel Laureate J M Coetzee. Three prizes will be awarded by HSCB Bank plc: US$5,000, US$3,000 and US$2,000.

Entrants must not be older than 40 on closing date and must be citizens of South Africa or SADC countries. Stories, on any subject, must be in English and previously unpublished. The length should be 2,500 to 5,000 words and must be typed, in double spacing, on one side of A4 paper. Three copies must be submitted. No name or address should appear on the typescript, but each page must carry the title of the story.

The identity of authors will not be revealed to judges A covering letter with the name, address and photocopy of the ID of the entrant must be included. Submission of entries implies adherence to all rules and conditions of this award, including that of copyright – see New Africa Books’ website.

The closing date is July 31. Entries to New Writing From Southern Africa, New Africa Books, PO Box 46962, Glosderry, 7702, Cape Town, South Africa. Detailed rules and conditions for submission are available at www.newafricabooks.co.za or e-mail SA PEN at rudebs@icon.co.za

SADC COUNTRIES: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe




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