Since its inception in 1980, the prestigious Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature has consistently rewarded work of outstanding quality, becoming a trusted brand among both the general book-buying public and the educational sector.
Prizes worth R90 000 are up for grabs and prize-winning authors will get their books published by Tafelberg Publishers, catapulting their writing career to the next level.
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Here are a few of our most recent winners and the novels that got them recognised.
Derick van der Walt is the writer of Lien se lankstaanskoene (Gold Sanlam Prize 2007, M.E.R. Prize for Youth Literature and IBBY Honour List 2010) and other prize-winning YA books. His first novel for adults, Daan Dreyer se blou geranium, was published in 2012. He lives in Pretoria.
Nerine Dorman has been involved in the media industry for more than a decade, with a background in magazine and newspaper publishing, commercial fiction, independent filmmaking, print production management and advertising. She is also a founding member and co-ordinator for the Adamastor Writers’ Guild.
Debut author from Sebokeng, Vanderbijlpark.
Annerle Barnard grew up in Musina and Wolmaransstad. She studied at NWU, where she completed a BA (Hons) and a HED. After teaching for a few years she moved into the corporate sector. Annerle is married and has two sports mad sons and a wonderful, equally sporty stepdaughter. Annerle enjoys reading, travelling and being in nature.
Toby Bennett (Cape Town, 1976) holds a degree in philosophy from the University of Cape Town. He has had a varied career that has included graphic and web design, database administration and technical writing. His true passion lies in creative writing and to date he has written eight novels and a fair-sized collection of short stories.
Debut author from from Thohoyandou, Limpopo.
If you think you’ve got what it takes, here are some important dates you’ll want to remember.
2021 entries opens
31 October 2019
2021 entries close
01 June 2020
Prize money pool
For more information please visit www.tafelberg.com/Sanlam
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The Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature