2018 Ingrid Jonker Prize for English Poetry Open for Entries

21 Nov 2017
2018 Ingrid Jonker Prize for English Poetry Open for Entries

Deadline: 31 January 2018

Press release:


This is a call for submissions for the Ingrid Jonker Prize 2018. Publishers or self-published poets are invited to submit three copies of any English poetry debut published in 2016 or 2017 for adjudication to:

Ingrid Jonker Prize Committee
c/o Finuala Dowling
Centre for Extra-Mural Studies
University of Cape Town
Private Bag|
Rondebosch 7701
Cape Town

The Ingrid Jonker Prize is awarded in alternate years to the best debut collections in English or Afrikaans.  The winner receives a cash prize dependant on the interest accumulated in an account originally established for this purpose.

In 2016 the Ingrid Jonker prize for a debut collection of poetry in English was awarded to Thabo Jijana for Failing Maths and My Other Crimes (uHlanga Press)

The closing date for submissions is Wednesday 31 January 2018. Entries should be accompanied by a cover letter with the contact details of the publisher and poet, as well as a declaration that the submission is the poet’s first collection of poetry published with an ISBN.

For the rules and regulations of the Ingrid Jonker Prize, see http://versindaba.co.za/2011/03/23/die-ingrid-jonker-prys/

For further information, contact Finuala Dowling, Convenor of the Ingrid Jonker Prize for English Poetry