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HSBC/SA PEN LITERARY AWARD (article first published : 2006-05-21)

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

For the third volume, young writers from South Africa and all other SADC countries are again invited to submit original, previously unpublished short stories.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 titled New Writing From Southern Africa – 2007.

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

Detailed rules and conditions for submission are available at www.newafricabooks.co.za or email SA PEN at rudebs@icon.co.za

Entrants must be citizens of SADC countries and not be older than 40 on the closing date of July 31. Stories on any subject must be in English and the length should be 2,500 to 5,000 words. Entries must be previously unpublished and must be typed, in double spacing, on one side of A4 paper.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, e-mail & postal address, contact numbers, 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.

Entries should be sent to New Writing From Southern Africa, New Africa Books, PO Box 46962, Glosderry, 7702, Cape Town, South Africa.

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




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