Call for Submissions for the Gerald Kraak Award and Anthology

17 Feb 2016
Call for Submissions for the Gerald Kraak Award and Anthology

Submissions open: 29 February 2016
Prize: R25 000
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Press release from Jacana Media:

The Gerald Kraak Award and Anthology
Gender | Human Rights | Sexuality

The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) and Jacana Media are pleased to announce the establishment of the annual Gerald Kraak Award and Anthology, made possible in partnership with The Other Foundation and through the generous funding of Atlantic Philanthropies, a limited life foundation.

Created in honour of the late activist Gerald Kraak’s extraordinary legacy of supporting human rights, this award will advance his contribution to building a world that was safe and welcoming to all. The unique anthology will feature English language writing and photography from and about Africa. Exceptional works which explore, interrogate and celebrate the topics of gender, sexuality and human rights will be short-listed, and given a voice through publication.

Submissions will be accepted from 29 February, and will be open to:

  • fiction
  • non-fiction
  • poetry
  • photography
  • journalism / magazine reporting
  • scholarly articles in academic journals and book chapters / extracts
  • social media / blog writings and contributions

Only the very best work submitted will be short-listed and published in the anthology, with the winners to be announced at a 2017 award ceremony, hosted by The Other Foundation. A cash prize of R25 000 is awarded to the author of the winning piece. The JLF will partner with publishers throughout the African continent in order to disseminate the work as widely as possible.

Gerald Kraak (1956–2014) was a passionate champion of social justice, an anti-apartheid activist and the head of the Atlantic Philanthropies’ Reconciliation and Human Rights Programme in South Africa. He authored two books, including the European Union Literary Award-winning Ice in the Lungs (Jacana, 2005), which explores South African politics, and directed a documentary on gay conscripts in the apartheid army. He will be remembered for being kind and generous, delightfully irreverent and deeply committed to realising an equal and just society for all.


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