South African Literary Awards (SALA) extends call for submissions

01 Apr 2019
South African Literary Awards (SALA) extends call for submissions

Deadline: 30 April

Due to public request, the South African Literary Awards (SALA) Call for Submissions is extended to 30th April 2019.

This was considered after they received many requests by entrants pleading for extension. SALA resolved to accommodate these requests, extending submissions by a month.

“We also felt we should use this extension to embark on a drive to attract more books in indigenous languages as we are still lagging behind in this regard”, said Mr Morakabe Raks Seakhoa, Managing Director of the wRite associates and SALA Director.

“We hope that those who had missed the submission deadline will take advantage of this extension as there will be no other extension. We appeal to the publishers and authors to submit work in African languages, especially during this UNESCO’s International Year of Indigenous languages (IY2019)”, concluded Mr Seakhoa.

Selections are made from published authors whose primary input is in imaginative writing – fiction as well as creative non-fiction. The work must demonstrate good linguistic presentation, the nation’s identity, societal values, universal truths, and cultural aesthetics. It must also contribute to social cohesion, nation building and transcendence of time. Since its inception in 2005 SALA has honoured two hundred and four (204) recipients.


  1. First-time Published Author Award
  2. K Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award
  3. Poetry Award
  4. Nadine Gordimer Short story Award
  5. Creative Non-fiction Literary Award
  6. Literary Translators Award
  7. Literary Journalism Award
  8. Posthumous Literary Award
  9. Lifetime Achievement Literary Award
  10. Novel Award
  11. Children’s Literature Award
  12. Youth Literature Award

Submission information

Nomination Forms:

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Submissions must be sent to:

The South African Literary Awards

74 Mimosa Road, Randpark Ridge, 2125

For enquiries:

060 509 5857