The Dinaane Debut Fiction Award, formerly European Union Literary Award, is a South African literary award.[1]

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 Books must be a first, unpublished work of fiction in English,[2] or translations of other South African languages into English providing the work has not been published in other languages.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.[1]

In 2015, the European Union Literary Award was renamed the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award.[1] 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.[3] The award was first given in 2004.[1]


European Union Literary Award


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