2015 City Press Non-Fiction Award

City Press and Tafelberg Publishers run an annual competition for writers of non-fiction work, where the winner receives R60 000 to fund the research and writing of their book.

Are you planning to write a book dealing with a subject of importance in the South African context?  Then read further …

The submissions for the 2015 City Press Non-Fiction Prize are now open, with the closing date being 30 April 2014.

Criteria for the City Press Non-Fiction Award

  • Relevance: The book should add to our understanding of South African society, history and politics
  • Independence: It should be unafraid to investigate uncomfortable or difficult issues
  • Credibility: The quality of the research and information should be impeccable
  • Readability: The book should be accessible with good quality writing

Applications by authors should include:

  • A one page motivation of why the topic of the proposed book is relevant or significant to the South African context;
  • Draft table of contents;
  • At least one chapter;
  • Author CV;
  • Submissions must be received by 30 April 2014

Click HERE to download the entry form from Tafelberg’s website.


The Bloody Book Week – Practical Publishing Advice Event

Jenny Crwys-Williams is a talk show host on Talk Radio 702 and she has become well-known in South Africa for her influential weekly book show.

And Jenny’s latest venture is The Bloody Book Week, Africa’s first crime book festival, happening in and around Johannesburg from the 31st of July to the 4th of August.

‘The crime genre is so huge,’ Jenny says, ‘that it became impossible not to want to do something special with it, and to reflect some of the fine crime writing, fiction and non-fiction, coming out of South Africa.’

Alison Lowry and Tracey McDonald will be holding a condensed version of their full day seminar, The Suitcase Under the Bed, at this year’s The Bloody Book Week – if you are an aspirant writer, looking for practical advice about publishing, you may want to attend this event:

  • Jenny & Co @ TBWA/Hunt/Lascaris Auditorium
  • Saturday, 03 August ’13
  • 13h30 to 16h00
  • 3 Sandown Valley Crescent, Sandton
  • Cost: R500
  • Bookings: info@thebloodybookweek.co.za

Jenny has a fabulous range of events for The Bloody Book Week 2013, some free, some fee paying, but they all have one thing in common: crime writing at its best. Click HERE to download the full programme of this year’s festival.


Franschhoek Literary Festival – Session

Are you an aspiring author and attending the Franschhoek Literary Festival?  Do you need some practical advice about publishing?  Then you need to attend THE SUITCASE UNDER THE BED session at the festival where Alison Lowry and Tracey McDonald will give you invaluable insight on how best to go about this.

This is a double session (Friday, the 17th of May – starts at 14h30 and finishes at 17h00). To book, click HERE – the session is No. 28, being held in the Library.


Franschhoek Literary Festival – Session Information

The programme for the 2013 Franschhoek Literary Festival is now available online.

Alison Lowry and Tracey McDonald will host a double session (taking place in the Library) on Friday, the 17th of May from 14h30 to 17h00, where they will give advice to aspirant writers on how to fast-track their publishing journeys.

Tickets are limited, so book fast (ticket sales open on the 15th of March ’13) – the session number is 28 (cost per person is R120).

Click HERE to view the full programme.