The Weekly Mail in conjunction with Heinemann African Writers Series has announced a major new literary competition aimed at contributing to
the development of local writing. The competition has been designed to promote
Southern African literature by finding new Southern African fiction writers.
The winner of the competition will receive a cash prize or a study grant,
whichever is relevant. The winning manuscript will be published in the African
Writers Series if it is judged to be of the standard the series requires.
Judges Include two distinguished authors: Professor Njabulo Ndebele,
vice-chancellor of the University of Lesotho, and poet and critic Lionel
Abrahams. The third judge is Vicki Unwin, the publishing director of Heinemann International.
The competition is open to any person who lives In Southern Africa (Zimbabwe,
Zambia, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Swaziland or South Africa). All
manuscripts must be submitted by June 15 for the three judges to assess the
works and announce the winner at the 1990 Weekly Mail Book Week.
The work must
somehow pertain to Africa and African experience. It may be in autobiographical
form, or it may be written as a novel.
For further information, including all
competition rules, write to Literary Competition, Weekly Mail, PO Box 260425,
This article originally appeared in the Weekly Mail.