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Announcing the shortlist for the 2018 Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award & Anthology

 Announcing the shortlist for the 2018 Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award & Anthology

The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award 2018 Shortlist Announcement

From the longlist of poems selected by this year’s judging panel for publication in Volume VIII of the anthology, Professor Mongane Wally Serote (chair of both the panel and the Jacana Literary Foundation) has selected the three finalists for the 2018 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award.

The shortlisted selection of poems this year includes a representation of isiZulu and Tshivenda poetry out of entrants comprising 10 of the 11 official languages. Serote had this to say about this year’s offering: ‘The poems have penetrated the South African heart, feelings and statistics – the one plus one is two of South Africa, plus its mystery, beauty and insanity.’

In alphabetical order, the three shortlisted poems are:

• ‘Lufuno A Si Tserere’ by Mushayathoni Nwovhe

• ‘Mina Ngiyadideka’ by Albert Sipho Ntombela

• ‘Obab’ Abangebaba’ by Bukelani Mmelly Shangase

The winner will be announced at a private launch at the Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley on 26 September 2018. R6000 will be awarded for first place, R4000 for second place and R2000 for third place.

The anthology will be launched at Poetic Thursdays on 27 September 2018 and can be described as a truly democratic as well as creative effort, in keeping with the spirit of the legendary intellectual giant, Sol Plaatje – activist, linguist, translator, novelist, journalist and leader.

ABOUT THE AWARD Each year the Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) invites South African poets, young and old, debut or previously published, to submit for consideration up to three works in any of the official languages of South Africa. Makhosazana Xaba, Goodenough Mashego, Wally Serote, Pieter Odendaal and Rustum Kozain are on this year’s judging panel. Judging blind, they selected a longlist of poems for publication in the anthology with the help of language practioners. The project is funded by the European Union.

For more information, contact the Jacana Literary Foundation at

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