Read the South African Stories Submitted for the 2015 PEN International New Voices Award

15 Dec 2015
Read the South African Stories Submitted for the 2015 PEN International New Voices Award

The annual PEN International New Voices Award aims to encourage new writing in the more than 104 countries that PEN operates in and provides a much needed space for young and unpublished writers to promote their work. The 2015 winner, Rebecca F. John (Wales PEN Cymru), was announced in October.

PEN South Africa nominated two young writers, Genna Gardini and Liam Kruger, and PEN Afrikaans nominated Carien Smith, who made it onto the longlist.

We are pleased to bring you the three nominated pieces – two short stories and a poem – as well as interviews with these young authors:

Read “Performance Scale” by Genna Gardini and our interview with her here.

Read “Sarah” by Liam Kruger and our interview with him here.

Read “Likkewaan” in Afrikaans or “Leguan” in English by Carien Smith and our interview with her here.

We were so impressed with the quality of their writing and are looking forward to seeing what they do next. The 2016 PEN International New Voices Award opens for submissions in February and is open to unpublished writers aged 18-30, so get in touch if you would like us to consider you, or someone you know’s, work for nomination.

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