Fiona Snyckers, Nthikeng Mohlele and Trevor Noah shortlisted for the 2020 South African Literary Awards
Celebrating 15 years of growth and exhilarating success, the South African Literary Awards (SALA), announces the 2020 shortlist of nominees - the list includes Fiona Snyckers' Lacuna, Nthikeng Mohlele's Illumination and Trevor Noah's Born a Crime.
The prestigious South African Literary Awards were founded in 2005 by the wRite associates, in partnership with the national Department of Arts and Culture, as a platform to honour authors, translators, poets and other literary practitioners who made and continue to make a contribution in the South African literary landscape.
SALA honours writing and writers in all official languages across fourteen categories. They are K.Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award, which is a celebration of one of the country’s most prolific authors of his generation, K. Sello Duiker. First-Time published writers are also acknowledged and honoured by the Awards. The other is the Nadine Gordimer Short Story Literary Award, honouring thespians in the genre, across all languages. In addition, there are: National Poet Laureate Prize, Poetry Award, Literary Translators Award, Lifetime Achievement Literary Award, Posthumous Literary Award, Literary Journalism Award, Creative Non-Fiction Award and, Chairperson’s Award, Children’s Literature Award, Youth Literature Award and Novel Award.
More than a two hundred luminaries have been honoured over the last fourteen years. This year's list of nominees includes Fiona Snyckers' Lacuna and Nthikeng Mohlele's Illumination, both shortlisted for the Novel Award and Trevor Noah's Born a Crime (younger readers edition) for the Youth Literature Award. The winners will be announced at a celebratory awards ceremony to be held virtually on 7th November 2020, the International African Writers’ Day. Read more about the 2020 SALA's HERE.
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