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The 2017 Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award & Anthology


The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) is thrilled to announce that submissions for the seventh annual Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award and Anthology will be open from 1 to 16 July 2017! This award and anthology are made possible through ongoing support and partnership with the European Union.

Up to three poems in any of South Africa’s official languages can be submitted via the online entry form below. Entrants are encouraged to submit poems written in their mother tongue. Entries will close at 5 pm on Sunday, 16 July.

The work submitted is judged blind by a panel of four esteemed poets. As in previous years, a longlist of the best entries received will be published in volume 7 of the anthology. A shortlist of three poets is selected from the longlist, and those finalists will be invited to attend an event at the inaugural annual Nirox Foundation Word Festival in mid-October, where the winner will be announced and cash prizes awarded. The word festival will reverberate the themes around the award, and further question and express subjects exploring our troubled and uncertain times and the pursuit of ‘another way’. 

Named after Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje (1876–1932), the Award recognises the life and vision of this highly respected political and social activist. We always hope that it reveals the political and social attitudes of our time, and reflects the complex, nuanced and uncomfortable truths of life in South Africa, and thus, poems which reflect our current realities are warmly welcomed.

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PRIZES:

• A shortlist of three poets will be selected by the judging panel. They will be invited to attend an awards ceremony and book launch at the Nirox Foundation Word Festival between 21 and 22 October 2017 in Johannesburg.
• Cash prizes are awarded to the shortlist: 
1st place: R6000
2nd place: R4000
3rd place: R2000
• A longlist of the best poems entered will be selected by the judging panel, and published in volume 7 of the anthology, which will be launched at the Nirox Foundation Word Festival. 

RULES:

• Entries open at 8 am on Saturday, 1 July and close at 5 pm on Sunday, 16 July.
• Poems are accepted in the 11 official languages of South Africa.
• Poets may enter in more than one language.
• Entrants must be South African citizens residing in South Africa.
• Poems submitted may not have appeared in any publication, online (including blogs and social media) or in print. Only unpublished poetry is accepted.
• Intertextuality and references must be appropriately attributed.
• A maximum of three poems may be entered, although one or two poems per author is also acceptable.
• If you are entering more than one poem, please ensure that they are each saved and uploaded as separate Word documents.
• Poems must not exceed 100 lines.
• Poems must be submitted as a Word document – doc or docx files. No other file formats are accepted.
• Please ensure that the poet’s name does not appear on the Word document. The Word document should only include the title and poem.
• The file name should be the title of the poem.
• Ariel size 11 or Times New Roman size 12 fonts are preferred. No ‘fancy’ fonts, borders or images should be included on the Word document.
• Handwritten entries are not eligible.

DECLARATION AND PERMISSIONS:

By entering, the poet declares that the entry is their original work and neither whole nor part of their poem has been published previously. They give permission for the publication of their poem in the anthology, without payment, if longlisted. Poets agree to have their work translated into English for adjudication and publication purposes.