Humphrey Fellow shortlisted finalist for 2018 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award

The Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota is proud to share that current Humphrey International Fellow, Mubanga Kalimamukwento, has been announced as a shortlisted finalist for the 2018 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award

Article taken from The Reading List:

"For the past 14 years, first as the European Union Literary Award and now as the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award, the prize has unearthed great new South African literary talent.

Dinaane aims to promote new southern African fiction that speaks to both a local and international audience. It encourages new writers and new readers by publishing material which would likely otherwise not have been selected – for purely commercial reasons – by local publishers of literature.

The winner is awarded R 35,000 and publication by Jacana Media, and the winning title is supported by Exclusive Books.

Entries were judged blind by a panel comprising David Medalie (chair), Rehana Rossouw and Songeziwe Mahlangu.

In alphabetical order, the following manuscripts have been shortlisted:
  • Legacy of a Rain Queen: The Eagle’s Martial by Sophia Tao
  • Not to Mention by Vivian de Klerk
  • The Mourning Bird by Mubanga Kalimamukwento
The overall winner will be announced at an award ceremony next month in partnership with the University of Johannesburg Library.

The JLF will also present the Kraak Writing Award, with the winning writer selected from the runners-up. The grant is valued at R25,000 and dedicated to the memory of Gerald Kraak. It will offer the recipient mentoring and intensive coaching from an editor/publishing expert, enabling the author to refine and develop their work further."
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