Fred Khumalo Shortlisted for the Half the World Global Literati Award 2016

30 Jun 2016
Fred Khumalo Shortlisted for the Half the World Global Literati Award 2016

Congratulations to PEN SA member Fred Khumalo, who has been shortlisted for the inaugural Half the World Global Literati Award 2016.

PEN SA President Margie Orford is on the judging panel for this new literary prize which will go to a short story, novel or screenplay written in English, that is judged to “have portrayed one or more well-rounded female protagonists as the central character”.

Half the World have added additional category prizes for best Short Story, Novel and Screenplay, which will come with a $1 000 prize. There will also be a People’s Choice Award with a $1 000 prize, you can see Khumalo’s entry and vote for him to receive this award here.

Press release from Half the World:

Shortlist Announced for Half the World Global Literati Award 2016

-Four additional $1,000 prizes also announced –

Global, June 23, 2016 – Half the World Holdings, a women-focused investment platform, are pleased to announce the shortlist for the Half the World Global Literati Award 2016. This is an international award that recognizes unpublished work with a central female protagonist, which gives a fresh perspective on the challenges and joys of women’s lives.

The inaugural awards attracted entries from nearly 60 countries worldwide. To recognize this talent, category prizes have been added for best Short Story, Novel and Screenplay. Each category winner will be awarded a U.S. $1,000 cash prize. The competition organizers have also opened it up to the general public. They can now vote for the People’s Choice Award via the competition website, with their favorite author winning an additional US$1,000 prize. Voting will be open until July 13, 23:59 EDT at

The judge’s overall winner will be rewarded with a U.S. $50,000 cash, and an opportunity for a publishing or film production deal for their work.

The most popular category for entries has been the novel with 46 percent of entries. This is followed by short stories at 37 percent and screenplays at 17 percent. However, screenplays have taken over the shortlist with 55 percent. Drama was the No. 1 genre across all categories.

Caroline Bowler, representative for Half the World Holdings said: “The caliber of work has been outstanding, and we have been overwhelmed with the level of global support. The shortlist really highlights what the awards are about, shining a spotlight on the passion and struggles of women through strong female characters.”

Each work is judged on five main elements; concept and originality, structure and pacing, character development and dialogue, creative flair and commercial potential. The winner and category winners of the Half the World Global Literati Award will be declared July 15, 2016.

About Half the World Holdings

Half the World Holdings, which was launched by Blackrun Ventures in March 2016, is a global investment platform in companies for whom women are the end-consumer. The

Half the World platform provides the capital, advisory and international networks needed to develop and scale these ventures globally. Blackrun and Half the World Holdings partners come from the worlds of private equity, investment banking, multinational businesses and entrepreneurship, with offices in Berlin, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, New York, Sydney and Singapore.

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