Over the years the literary scene in Africa has been overlooked compared to the international level. However, Africa has experienced growth in the literary scene with increased numbers of well-established writers. There has also been various platforms to promote great upcoming writers in the industry. The African literary awards has played a significant role in enhancing the reading culture and the general outlook on Africa when it comes to literary matters. Here are some African literary awards that have been of great significance and their impact in the industry:
- The Brittle Paper Literary Awards
The brittle paper literary awards stand out because it is an online platform that allows writers to publish their work and awards the best each year. The online site is free and writers get to win up to 300 dollars for their outstanding work. The awards recognize and honour the best, original pieces of African literature online. They strive to capture the variations and range of literary dialogue across Africa.Literary Festival and Contemporary Book Culture
- The South Africa Literary Awards
Write associates in partnership with the national department of Arts and Culture established these awards in 2005. The primary goal was to recognize South African writers who share local stories and their continued literary excellence. To-date, the awards have recognized and given tribute to 121 authors in 11 categories.
- European Union Literary Awards
The name of the award might make you think otherwise but this award is South African. The name was idealized by the European Union commissions and embassies based in South Africa. The winner is awarded with R25, 000 and a publication of their book by Jacana media. It is open and focuses on South African writers’ first, unpublished fiction work in English or translations and South African languages to English. It is a good opportunity for any writer who is willing to get their book to reach various audience, promotes culture and nurtures great skills.
- University Of Johannesburg Prize
The award package consists of two prizes, the debut and main prize which is R30, 000 and R75000 respectively. The primary objective is to promote literal growth in South Africa by giving an opportunity to well-established and upcoming writers to share on various cultural and societal issues. It not only promotes the South African culture but also motivates writers to create awareness on the common issues that are often overlooked. The panel consists of a member of the publishing industry or media, for members of the UJ’S department of English and two academics from other institutions.