Gerald Kraak Award and Anthology

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South Africa
Posted 3 years ago

The Gerald Kraak award and anthology is open for submissions on the topics of gender, human rights and sexuality, for writers and photographers across Africa. Created in honor of Gerald Kraak extraordinary legacy, this new annual award is made possible in partnership with The Other Foundation, and will advance Gerald’s contribution to building a society that is safe and welcoming to all.

The unique and vital anthology will feature English language writing and photography from and about Africa. Exceptional works which explore, interrogate and celebrate the topics of gender, sexuality and human rights will be long listed and published in a Granta-like anthology. The overall winner is awarded a cash prize.

Only the very best work submitted will be shortlisted and published in an anthology, with the winners to be announced at a 2019 award ceremony, hosted by The Other Foundation and attended by the authors of the top three submissions.

About the award

  • Submissions must be in English and from Africa.
  • The winner is awarded R 25,000 and publication by Jacana Media and its publishing partners.
  • The project is funded by The Other Foundation and administered by the Jacana LiteraryFoundation (JLF).


The subject matter of the work must relate to gender, human rights and/or sexuality in Africa.

Works which fall within one of the following categories are accepted:

  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction
  • Poetry
  • Photography / photographic essays
  • Journalism/magazine reporting
  • Social media/blog writings and contributions



  • Please number your pages, use a font size of 12, Times New Roman and 1.5 spacing (avoid unnecessary formatting, such as borders).
  • Materials must not exceed 15 000 words or 8 images.
  • Images must be 300 dpi high resolution.
  • Images will be published in an image section on matte art paper and not in the body of the text.
  • They are looking for work which tells a story or illustrates an idea. If one photograph achieves this, then we welcome the submission of that single image. It is, however, more likely to be accomplished through a collection of photographs or a photographic essay.
  • unpublished as well as previously published works are acceptable.
  • No handwritten or hard copy entries can be considered. Submissions must be made via the online portal.
  • Entrants’ name should not be included on the manuscript being submitted, as the award is judged blind and the author remains anonymous until the shortlist has been selected.
  • There is an opportunity to use a pseudonym should one be required.
  • Intertextuality and references must be appropriately attributed and permissions from copyright holders obtained. This includes poems; song lyrics; quotes and excerpts from books, newspapers, magazines, journals; and reproductions of artwork, photographs or other forms.

Submissions are considered to implicitly indicate the entrant’s permission for their work to be published in the anthology, if shortlisted, for no payment or royalty.

Nationality Eligible: African countries

Reward: a cash prize of R25 000.

How to apply: Fill the online application form

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Deadline: 31 August 2018


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