Since its inception in 2011, the project has been funded by the European Union and administered by the Jacana Literary Foundation. These long-standing partners are joined this year by the Mail & Guardian and its annual Literary Festival.
Three shortlisted poets, selected from the longlist, will be invited to attend the seventh annual M&G Literary Festival on October 8 and 9, where the Plaatje winner will be announced, cash prizes awarded and the anthology of poems, published by Jacana, launched. The prize-giving and launch will take place on October 9, the 140th anniversary of Plaatje’s birthday.
Up to three poems in any of South Africa’s official languages can be submitted on the online entry form. Entrants are encouraged to submit poems written in their mother tongue. Entries will close at 8am on Friday July 29.
The work submitted is judged blind by a panel of four poets. As in previous years, the longlist of the best poems received will be published in volume six of the anthology.