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    Sunday, 10 September 2017

    The 2017 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award Longlist

    The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award, a South African prize, has announced its 2017 longlist, and it comprises 63 poets. The award is an initiative of The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) and the longlisted poets will be published in the 7th annual Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology. It received entries “in a range of South Africa’s official languages.”
    Among the judges is Koleka Putuma, who is shortlisted for the Brittle Paper Award for Poetryand is sparking a change in how African books are sold. Joining her on the panel are Athol Williams, with whom she reviewed the English entries; Goodenough Mashego, who reviewed the indigenous-language entries; Pieter Odendaal who reviewed the Afrikaans entries; the chair, Professor Mongane Wally Serote, who “will select from the longlisted poems a shortlist of three poems, determining a winner as well as two runners-up.”
    Here are the 63 longlisted poets.
    Agustin, Jim PascualArcher, Caroline F.Bamjee, SaalehaBeyers, MarikeBloem, DianaBohnen, RenéBooley, FadwahBotes, Kathryn ClareClough, MargaretCoates, ChristineDay, LiseDe Beer, SaraDendy, GailDlamini, WandileEllis, JeanneGantana, NobuntuGarisch, DawnGeyer, SunelleHaller, HallieHaresnape, GeoffreyHead, Vernon RLJacobs, RochelleJonas, SiphokaziKhanyile, MusawenkosiKirsten, LaraKloot, LynneKussing, UlrikeLakajoe, Tsietsi ThabisoMabaso, PortiaMahlangu, BusisiweMakue, ThabileManenzhe, ResoketsweMaputi, SibongileMasilela, SibusisoMatshoba, Zongezile T.Mawela, KatiseMayisa, NompumeleloMbanjwa, PhilaMofokeng, ThabisoMohale, ManeoMolefe, TshepoMomogos, GeorgeMoonsamy, NedineNewham, PamelaNgemntu, VuyokaziNjoloza, BomikaziNongogo, ZolaNtsuku, ConstanceNtuli, SihleNxumalo, BhekiOlivier, MeganRoss, MeganSeletisha, MosesSindaphi, LwandaSebolelo, Lorraine SitholeSnyckers, AnnetteSnyman, LouisaSwanson, ArchieThompson, JarredTsolo, ThabangWallace McKeown, JeannieWarren, Lunette ElleWilson, Hilda
    We are happy to see among the nominees Saaleha Bamjee, two-time finalist for the Writivism Short Story  Prize in 2014 and in 2017, and Megan Ross whose short story, “Farang,” was second runner-up for the 2016 Short Story Day Africa Prize and is shortlisted for the Brittle Paper Award for Fiction.
    The shortlist will be announced at the inaugural Nirox Foundation Word Festival in Johannesburg on 21 October 2017.
    Congratulations to Saleeha Bamjee, Megan Ross, and all the longlisted authors.
    Source : brittlepaper.com

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