The Dinaane Debut Fiction Award, formerly European Union Literary Award, is a South African literary award.
This award is open to South African writers resident in South Africa who have never been published before. Books must be a first, unpublished work of fiction in English, or translations of other South African languages into English providing the work has not been published in other languages. The word “dinaane” means “telling our stories together” in Setswana, says Jacana.
In 2015, the European Union Literary Award was renamed the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award. It is supported by various European Union embassies and commissions operating in South Africa. The award has grown from a R25,000 cash prize and publication by Jacana Media to R35,000 cash prize for the first prize winner, along with publication. The runner-up also receives an R20,000 writing bursary, in honor of Gerald Krak, who helped run Jacana Media until his death in 2014. The award was first given in 2004.
- European Union Literary Award
- 2004 Ishtiyaq Shukri, The Silent Minaret
- 2005 Fred Khumalo, Bitches Brew and Gerald Kraak, Ice in the Lungs
- 2006 [no award]
- 2007 Kopano Matlwa, Coconut 
- 2008 Megan Voysey-Braig, Till We Can Keep an Animal
- 2009 Zinaid Meeran, Saracen at the Gates 
- 2010 James Clelland, Deeper than Colour
- 2011/12 Ashraf Kagee, Khalil’s Journey 
- 2013 Penny Busetto, The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself
- 2014 Andrew Miller, Dub Steps
- Dinaane Debut Fiction Award
- 2015 TBA
- 2016 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award
Winner – Selling Lip Service
Runner Up – No Word Like Home
Runner Up – The Last Stop
- 2016 Kraak Writing Grant
Winner – Braids and Migraines