The Jacana Literary Foundation, in partnership with The Other Foundation, invite writers, journalists, academics, bloggers, poets and photographers to submit for the Gerald Kraak Awards, exceptional works published or unpublished which explore, interrogate and celebrate the topics of gender, sexuality and human rights.

The winner receives a R25,000 ($1600) cash prize. Participation in the prize comes with a publishing opportunity. Shortlisted authors will have their work collected in an anthology that will be published widely across Africa.

The judging panel seek pieces that engage with gender and sexuality in ways that promote new insights into human rights matters in Africa.

Only the very best work submitted will be shortlisted and published in an anthology, with the winners to be
announced at a 2017 award ceremony, hosted by The Other Foundation and attended by the authors of the top three entries.

According to a statement released by The Other Foundation, the aim is to ensure that the anthology and information about the award will be disseminated as widely as possible throughout the African continent.

To this end, Africa World Press (Ethiopia), Amalion (Senegal), FEMRITE (Uganda), Kwani (Kenya), Weaver Press (Zimbabwe) and Wordweaver (Namibia) will be associated with this project.

Other publishing houses based in Africa with an interest in participating are also encouraged to make contact.

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Author: Ope Adedeji