Events

  • Mon
    15
    Aug
    2016
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    01
    Apr
    2017

    This contest seeks today's best humor poems. Full details on their website.

  • Wed
    12
    Oct
    2016
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    12
    Jan
    2017

    Tor.com will only be considering novellas of between 20,000 and 40,000 words that fit the epic fantasy, sword and sorcery, high fantasy, or quest fantasy genres, whether set on Earth or on an original fantasy world. We are seeking worlds that take their influences from African, Asian, indigenous American, or Pacific cultures, or any diasporic culture from one of those sources. More details here.

  • Fri
    25
    Nov
    2016
    Fri
    10
    Feb
    2017

    The Distell Foundation announces a script writing competition in called the Adam and Rosalie Small Award for Debutant/Debutante Writers. Details here.

  • Sun
    18
    Dec
    2016
    Wed
    01
    Feb
    2017

    The call is open to emerging translators. This contest invites translations in two genres: fiction and poetry. Details here.

  • Sun
    18
    Dec
    2016
    Sun
    26
    Feb
    2017

    Set your story in any genre, time or place.Your ghosts can be literal or symbolic. Give us haunted houses, people, places or things, urban legends and updated folklore, supernatural cyberpunk or anything sinister and strange. Details here.

  • Sun
    18
    Dec
    2016
    Tue
    28
    Feb
    2017

    SmokeLong publishes flash fiction up to 1000 words. Details here.

  • Sun
    01
    Jan
    2017

    FIYAH is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine that features stories by and about people of the African Diaspora. The theme for this submission call is "Spilling Tea". Full details can be found here.

  • Sat
    07
    Jan
    2017
    Tue
    17
    Jan
    2017

    "Mboka means ‘One Family’ in Wolof and will offer festival go-ers a 10 day festival of distinction and diversity that celebrates Gambian cultural heritage alongside African diasporic cultural heritage." Full details here.

  • Mon
    09
    Jan
    2017

    "Fear is a diverse topic. Jalada welcomes submissions of fiction, poetry, prose and visual art on all aspects of this dynamic force, covering themes as varied as recent global events to philosophical and fantastical treatments of the subject." Details here.

  • Tue
    10
    Jan
    2017

    Agenda is looking for reflections on feminisms and womxn’s resistance within national and pan-African student movements. Specifically in the form of papers that are empirical, theoretical, epistemological or experiential. Stories, poetry and other creative works are also encouraged. Full details here.

  • Sat
    28
    Jan
    2017
    14h30African Flavour Books

    The aim of the event is to inform the aspiring writers about the publishing in South Africa. This will be the informative session in informing people about the publishing options they have when the manuscript is ready. Details here.

  • Tue
    31
    Jan
    2017

    Plenitude aims to complicate expressions of queerness through the publication of diverse, sophisticated literary writing, graphic narrative and short film, from the very subtle to the brash and unrelenting. They want literary fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, reviews, interviews, and novel excerpts at this time. Detail here.

  • Tue
    31
    Jan
    2017

    The Igby Prize For Nonfiction - January theme: Home.

  • Wed
    01
    Feb
    2017

    Short stories that are eligible for this competition must be some form of speculative fiction (this includes, but is not limited to, science fiction, fantasy, horror, alternative history, or magical realism), and must explore one or more philosophical ideas. These can be implicit; there is no restriction on which philosophical ideas you explore. More details here.

  • Wed
    01
    Feb
    2017
    Tue
    28
    Feb
    2017

    uHlanga announce their first open submissions period for original chapbooks and collections of poetry from South African poets, or poets living in South Africa. Details here.

  • Tue
    07
    Feb
    2017
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    "David Hilton Barber traces his ancestry going back five generations in this highly entertaining book which is full of snippets of life at the turn of the century." RSVP via email events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or call 021 788 2266

  • Mon
    13
    Feb
    2017

    For published and aspiring writers alike: submit a short story (for adults) of no more than 2000 words. Follow the link for details.

  • Mon
    13
    Feb
    2017

    The 20th Time of the Writer Festival invites high school learners to submit their short stories for the annual Schools Short Story Competition. Held in conjunction with the Time of the Writer festival, the Schools Short Story Competition is open to all South African high school learners and aims to encourage creative expression in young people while functioning as a springboard for the future writers of South Africa. Visit the website for more details.

  • Mon
    13
    Feb
    2017

    WAW, Words Are Work, accepts submissions for online publication all year long, on a monthly basis. See their website for more details.

  • Tue
    14
    Feb
    2017

    amaBooks Publishers are planning a collection of Zimbabwean short stories, to be published in 2017. For full details on this opportunity visit their website.

  • Thu
    16
    Feb
    2017
    18h00

    "Hot Milk is a labyrinth of violent desires, primal impulses, and surreally persuasive internal logic. Examining female rage and sexuality, Deborah Levy’s dazzling new novel explores the strange and monstrous nature of motherhood, testing the bonds of parent and child to breaking point." Details to be found here.

  • Mon
    20
    Feb
    2017
    18h00

    "The Bitter Taste of Victory traces the experiences of these figures and through their individual stories offers an entirely fresh view of post-war Europe. Never before told, this is a brilliant, important and utterly mesmerising history of cultural transformation." Details to be found here.

  • Tue
    21
    Feb
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    "First there was Whiplash, a story about a prostitute in Cape Town. Adapted to film and renamed Tess, the author and director talk to the publisher." Details to be found here.

  • Sat
    25
    Feb
    2017
    14h30African Flavour Books

    We will be celebrating and reading on Dikeledi and Ga ke Modisa which were written by Sabata-mpho Mokae. Details here.

  • Mon
    27
    Feb
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    "The brinkmanship between Mbeki and Mugabe to find a lasting solution to the difficulties in Zimbabwe was easier said than done during the mediation process. A newly democratic South Africa was also elected as a non-permanent member to the UN Security Council; however, an unreformed United Nations system presented numerous complexities in this regard, especially in the realm of the often obvious and logical rhetoric by the five permanent members." For full details visit the website.

  • Tue
    28
    Feb
    2017

    Reflex Fiction, a quarterly, international flash fiction competition for stories between 180 and 360 words has opened their inaugural competition. Full details can be found on their website.

  • Wed
    01
    Mar
    2017
    Sun
    30
    Apr
    2017

    Modjaji Books will be open for submissions on the 1 March till the end of April 2017. You will be able to submit via their website.

  • Wed
    01
    Mar
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    A poetry collection by Francine Simon. Full details here.

  • Thu
    02
    Mar
    2017

    Pearson South Africa invites experienced, new and aspiring writers to submit their unpublished and original Children’s Fiction for children aged 9 to 12 years as part of the 2017 Maskew Miller Longman Literature Awards. For more details visit their website.

  • Thu
    02
    Mar
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    A poetry collection by Colleen Crawford Cousins. Full details here.

  • Fri
    03
    Mar
    2017
    Fri
    31
    Mar
    2017

    The festival is a hybrid between a traditional place-based festival and a bus tour, and will cover 5 countries and 12 towns: Kenya (Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu, Mombasa), Uganda (Kampala, Kabale), DRC (Goma), Rwanda (Kigali) and Tanzania (Mwanza, Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar). Details here.

  • Sun
    05
    Mar
    2017

    THRESHOLDS is the only online forum dedicated to the reading, writing and study of the short story form. Read their criteria on their website.

  • Mon
    06
    Mar
    2017
    18h00Love Books

    Modjaji Books and Love Books are delighted to invite you to the Jozi launch of Philippa Kabali Kagwa's memoir, Flame and Song. Barbara Boswell will introduce Philippa and talk to her about her memoir. Further details can be found here.

  • Wed
    08
    Mar
    2017
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    "Roughing It" by Ralph Goldswain will be launched at Kalk Bay Book. Ralph will be in conversation with Vivien Horler. RSVP via 021 788 2266 or email events@kalkbaybooks.co.za.

     

  • Fri
    10
    Mar
    2017
    18h00

    "Women in Dark Times" shows us how these visionary women offer a new template for feminism. Taking their stand against the iniquities of our times, they tread a path between public and private pain, confronting us with what we need most urgently, but also often, cannot bear to see. Full details here.

  • Sat
    11
    Mar
    2017

    This “Writers retreat” gives aspiring authors an opportunity to get first hand information on what makes a book successful and have an intimate discussion by various published authors. Details here.

  • Wed
    15
    Mar
    2017

    The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize is an annual award for adventure writing. Full details can be found here.

  • Thu
    16
    Mar
    2017
    Sun
    19
    Mar
    2017

    The Garden Route’s only annual festival that hosts an exclusive group of hand-picked authors from South Africa and is fast becoming a must-attend with bookworms and lovers of all things literary. Details here.

  • Wed
    22
    Mar
    2017
    Sat
    25
    Mar
    2017

    The Festival will coincide with National Library Week each year and involves events at the libraries of Fish Hoek, Masiphumelele, Simon’s Town, Kommetjie and Ocean View, in this way allowing the programmes and audiences to be more diverse. Details here.

  • Wed
    22
    Mar
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Lady Anne: A Chronicle in Verse by Antjie Krog to be launched. Full details here.

  • Sat
    25
    Mar
    2017
    14h00 - 17h00African Flavour Books

    Book launch and reading of "Sarcophagus" by Tuelo Gabonewe. Event details here.

  • Wed
    29
    Mar
    2017
    18h00Bridge Books

    Nwelezelanga, The Star Child travels a magical and spiritual journey that merges the ancestral realms with contemporary realities. It is a story of an ancestral spirit that is born through Nwelezelanga, who is tasked with the purpose to pass messages from beyond; a divine responsibility to children of the star. Unathi Magubeni will be doing a reading and a discussion. Details can be found here.

  • Thu
    30
    Mar
    2017
    17h30 - 20h00Bridge Books

    Christa Kuljian, author of Darwin's Hunch and Sanctuary, will present the Masterclass at Bridge Books and share her insights on writing, non-fiction writing in particular. Details here.

  • Thu
    30
    Mar
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Dancing the Death Drill  recounts the life of Pitso Motaung. It is a personal and political tale that spans continents and generations, moving from the battlefields of the Boer War to the front lines in France and beyond. With a captivating blend of pathos and humour, Fred Khumalo brings to life a historical event, honouring both those who perished in the disaster and those who survived. Details of launch here.

  • Thu
    30
    Mar
    2017
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    Lady Anne (1989) is one of Krog’s most acclaimed poetry collections. She will be reading from her collection, join in on the fun. RSVP via email events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or call 021 788 2266.

  • Fri
    31
    Mar
    2017

    The £5,000 cash award together with publication, make The Dundee International Book Prize highly valued by tomorrow’s great new writers seeking to break into the publishing world. See their website for full details.

  • Fri
    31
    Mar
    2017

    The Writivism Short Story Prize is an annual award for emerging African writers. Full submission guidelines can be found via their website.

  • Fri
    31
    Mar
    2017

    The South African Youth Essay Writing Competition Against Racism is inviting young people between the age categories of 15-25 and 26-35, from across the country, to share their reflections on racism. Full details on their website.

  • Fri
    31
    Mar
    2017

    Are you working on a feature film script? Are you working on a short film script? Are you interested in adapting an African story for the big screen? If you answered yes to at least one question, then this could be your opportunity. Full details here.

  • Fri
    31
    Mar
    2017

    "Radioactive" want stories bordering on the controversial, the unknown, the pervasive and the untold. We are collecting stories for a free e-anthology of short stories which explore diverse feminine themes from a woman’s perspective. More details on their website.

  • Fri
    31
    Mar
    2017
    Mon
    31
    Jul
    2017

    The SCrIBE Scriptwriting Competition is a platform for South African writers to develop their work. See full details here.

  • Sat
    01
    Apr
    2017
    Wed
    31
    May
    2017

    "If you are an aspiring author and want the chance to get published, then this is the opportunity you have been waiting for.

    For the past 13 years, first as the European Union Literary Award and now as The Dinaane Debut Fiction Award, the process has unearthed great new South African literary talent. The books that have been published under this award have reflected the many strands of conversation that are woven together in the common language of fiction."
    Full details can be found here.

  • Sat
    01
    Apr
    2017
    Wed
    31
    May
    2017

    "This is a segment of creative expression of the #iamABLEcampaign through the art of poetry. The theme of the competition is “My disability does not define me.” The theme can be interpreted many ways – writers could focus on achievements and talents they have in spite of a disability, or positive traits they have or have developed as a result of their disability." Full details can be found here.

  • Mon
    03
    Apr
    2017
    16h00Isivivana Centre (8 Mzala Street, Ekuphumleni, Khayelitsha)

    Jay Naidoo will be launching his new book Change. "In this book, Jay Naidoo harnesses his experience as a labour union organiser, government minister, social entrepreneur and global thought leader, and explores ways of solving some of the world’s biggest problems. Drawing from his experiences in South Africa, Nigeria, Brazil, Bangladesh and other countries, he presents a variety of options for ending poverty and global warming, with a focus on organising in our communities and building change from below and beyond borders. "

  • Tue
    04
    Apr
    2017

    For their upcoming issue, ITCH asks, "What does ‘vision’ mean to you? Is it the gift of sight, or the ability to see things others don’t? Can vision be separated from the other senses, or is it part of what we sense in general, what we feel or understand about something regardless of how it appears?" For full submission details visit their website.

  • Tue
    04
    Apr
    2017
    17h30National English Literary Museum

    Quentin Hogge launches his latest collection of poems, More Poems, Boet, at the NELM. Event details can be found here.

  • Tue
    04
    Apr
    2017
    18h00Book Lounge

    Jay Naidoo will be launching his new book Change. "In this book, Jay Naidoo harnesses his experience as a labour union organiser, government minister, social entrepreneur and global thought leader, and explores ways of solving some of the world’s biggest problems. Drawing from his experiences in South Africa, Nigeria, Brazil, Bangladesh and other countries, he presents a variety of options for ending poverty and global warming, with a focus on organising in our communities and building change from below and beyond borders.

    RSVP here.

  • Tue
    04
    Apr
    2017
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    Wings of Smoke by Jim Pascual Augustin is being launched at Kalk Bay Books. He will be in conversation with Finuala Dowling. RSVP via email events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or call 021 788 2266.

  • Wed
    05
    Apr
    2017
    18h30Love Books, Melville

    Jay Naidoo will be launching his new book Change in conversation with Louisa Zondo. RSVP: kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408

  • Thu
    06
    Apr
    2017
    13h00Wits Writing Centre

    Unathi Magubeni author launches his latest offering. Full details here.

  • Thu
    06
    Apr
    2017
    17h30National English Literary Museum

    Jason Donald will be reading from his novel, Dalila. The NELM describes the novel as "written with grace, humour and compassion. This timely and thought-provoking novel tackles its uncomfortable subject matter in a deeply affecting way. A book about forging dignity in a world of tragedy, and raising issues about immigration and asylum-seekers through the story of one woman’s plight, Dalila is a necessary tale of our times. It is also a work of great literary power: a slow-burning, spell-binding novel about how we treat the vulnerable and dispossessed that will leave its readers devastated." Event details can be found here.

  • Sat
    08
    Apr
    2017
    12h00Hector Peterson Memorial Acres, Soweto

    Unathi Magubeni author launches his latest offering. Full details here.

  • Mon
    10
    Apr
    2017
    18h00Book Lounge

    The Migrations launch will be a full conversation between its editors and winnner. More details here.

  • Wed
    12
    Apr
    2017
    18h00Book Lounge

    "At just 17, Fatima Meer threw herself into resisting racism, her first public act of defiance in a long and pioneering political life. Despite assassination attempts, she persevered on the courageous path she had chosen.

    In this intimate memoir, Fatima Meer shares her story of growing up and of love, joy, longing and loss. As Meer open-heartedly reflects on her regrets as well as her triumphs, an enchanting tale emerges of a rebellious, revolutionary woman who never shied away from the truth." RSVP here.

  • Wed
    12
    Apr
    2017
    18h00Steve Biko Centre, One Zotshie Street, Ginsberg

    "The Steve Biko Foundation invites you to the book launch of Dancing the Death Drill by Fred Khumalo." Full details on their website.

  • Wed
    12
    Apr
    2017
    18h30District Six Homecoming

    Koleka Putuma launches her debut poetry collection: 'Collective Amnesia'. More details to be found here.

  • Thu
    13
    Apr
    2017
    18h00Steve Biko Centre, One Zotshie Street, Ginsberg

    "The Steve Biko Foundation invites you to a dialogue and reading of Poems On The Sinking Of The Mendi by Brian Walter, Cathal Lagan and Basil Somhlahlo.

    Originally published in 1994, Mendi is an anthology of poems which unpacks the disaster of 1917. Each poet deals with aspects of the doomed voyage through creative engagement. The collection is na imaginative meditation on the history of the SS Mendi."

    Full details on their website.

  • Wed
    19
    Apr
    2017
    17h30Wallenberg Research Centre, Stellenbosch

    "Fred Khumalo will be in conversation with Prof Grace Musila from the Stellenbosch University English Department. Fred and Grace are both STIAS fellows. He wrote parts of the book during a previous residency and will be in residence at the time of the launch to work on a new novel.
    Dancing the Death Drill retells the events surrounding the sinking of the SS Mendi 100 years ago in the English Channel in which 618 black South African troops drowned – one of the worst yet least known maritime disasters in UK waters during the 20th century."

    Full details on their website.

  • Wed
    19
    Apr
    2017
    18h00301 Milner St, Pretoria

    The official book launch of Brian Walter's newest collection, Poems Packed for Travel. Details here.

  • Wed
    19
    Apr
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    "Painter Nick Steyn moves to the City Bowl in Cape Town after separating from his partner, Isabel. A young boarder moves in with Nick and they soon become friends. But one night she does not come home, and his attempts to trace her come to nothing." This is a  "fantastical, absurd yet haunting novel by the award-winning novelist Ingrid Winterbach". Full details  can be found here.

  • Thu
    20
    Apr
    2017
    18h30G.U.S. Gallery, Stellenbosch

    Koleka Putuma launches her debut poetry collection: 'Collective Amnesia'. More details to be found here.

  • Fri
    21
    Apr
    2017
    18h00Johannesburg Observatory

    Brian Walter launches his latest poetry collection. Details can be found here.

  • Wed
    26
    Apr
    2017
    Sat
    01
    Jul
    2017

    "The competition is designed to motivate non-American novice writers under the age of 30, and offer them the recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in television scriptwriting." Details can be found here.

  • Mon
    01
    May
    2017

    A special call for submissions from Boston Review's fiction editor Junot Díaz. They are seeking essays, interviews, and fiction from writers around the globe that engage the theme of dystopia. Nonfiction, personal essay, genre fiction (SF, fantasy, horror, Afrofuturist, slipstream), and work that resides across/between genres are welcome.   Full details can be found on their website.

  • Tue
    02
    May
    2017
    18h00Bridge Books | 85 Commissioner Street, Johannesburg, Gauteng

    "Nick Mulgrew will be reading from his Edge Hill Award-nominated debut 'Stations', and a new story from his forthcoming collection 'The First Law of Sadness'. Details can be found here.

  • Mon
    08
    May
    2017
    Fri
    12
    May
    2017

    Pan Macmillan South Africa has an open submissions window from 8 to the 12 May 2017. The following categories are accepted:

    • General fiction
    • Literary fiction
    • Memoir/biography/autobiography
    • General non-fiction

    More details can be found here.

  • Tue
    09
    May
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Dawn Garisch will be launching her new novel, Accident, in conversation with Janet Giddy. Details here.

  • Wed
    10
    May
    2017
    18h00Kalk Bay Books

    Dawn Garisch will be launching her new novel, Accident, in conversation with Katherine Bull. Details here.

  • Thu
    11
    May
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Steven Boykey Sidley will be launching his new novel Free Association in conversation with fellow member Marianne Thamm. Details here.

  • Thu
    11
    May
    2017
    18h00Chinua Achebe Auditorium, APK Library, University of Johannesburg

    UJ Library in partnership with Staging Post and Blackbird Books Publishers invites you to a discussion on “The writing and publishing of African narratives”. Details here.

  • Sat
    13
    May
    2017
    08h30 - 18h00Kingsmead College

    The Kingsmead Book Fair hosts its sixth annual Book Fair. Details here.

  • Tue
    16
    May
    2017
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    Michiel Heyns will be launching his new novel I am Pandarus in conversation with fellow member Finuala Dowling.  RSVP via events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or 021 788 2266.

  • Tue
    16
    May
    2017
    19h00

    Literary Crossroads is a series of talks where South African writers meet colleagues from all over the continent and from the African diaspora to discuss trends, topics and themes prevalent in their literatures today. Details can be found here.

  • Fri
    19
    May
    2017
    Sun
    21
    May
    2017

    "The emphasis is on informal discussions and spirited debates between several writers with a chairperson, or one-on-one conversations, and occasional talks. Starting at 10am and ending at 5pm, up to nine one-hour events run concurrently with half an hour between each (except where otherwise stated). Fringe events include literary and publishers' dinners, book launches, writing workshops, a school spelling bee, and classical music concerts. The FLF is honoured to host the shortlist announcements of the annual Sunday Times Literary Awards - the non fiction Alan Paton Award and the newly named Barry Ronge Fiction Prize." Full details can be found here.

  • Fri
    19
    May
    2017
    Sun
    18
    Jun
    2017
    22:59

    "We want you to pick up from where Mabanckou left off, but you are not bound by the circumstances of this particular story. Go wherever the spirit leads but be mindful of our one and only rule: the story must be told from the perspective of a child living somewhere in Africa." More details can be found on their website.

  • Wed
    24
    May
    2017
    18h00Love Books, Books Bamboo Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, JHB,

    Fred Strydom, author of 'The Raft', has written a jazzy, surreal, mind-bender of a novel in 'The Inside-Out Man'. He'll be chatting to Pamela Power. Details of the launch can be found here.

  • Thu
    25
    May
    2017
    18h00Love Books, Books Bamboo Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, JHB,

    A memoir about a Jewish childhood in the Free State. Jennifer will be chatting to Michele Magwood of the Sunday Times. Details of the launch can be found here.

  • Fri
    26
    May
    2017
    Sun
    28
    May
    2017

    "Poetry in McGregor” invites you to join us for a weekend of music, films and tributes to honour Leonard Cohen. Full details here.

  • Sat
    27
    May
    2017
    10h00Xarra Books, 264 Turbit Ave, Midrand, Johannesburg, 1685

    "Sara’s first day of school is full of surprises, but the biggest one of all is that she discovers she doesn’t understand what the other children are saying and she wonders how she will make friends. Her teacher encourages her to find out the many ways one can say hello." Full details of the reading can be found here.

  • Sun
    28
    May
    2017
    14h00The Orbit – Home of Jazz 81 DeKorte St, Braamfontein

    New new Jazz poetry anthology launch. Entrance is R40.

  • Sun
    28
    May
    2017
    14h00African Flavour Books, Vaal Walk Shopping Centre

    Through grief and memory, pain and joy, sex and self-care, Collective Amnesia is a powerful appraisal, reminder and revelation of all that has been forgotten and ignored, both in South African society, and within ourselves. Details of the launch can be found here.

  • Wed
    31
    May
    2017
    18h00Es'Kia Mphahlele Library Hall

    uHlanga invites you to the Pretoria launch performance of Koleka Putuma's break-out debut collection, COLLECTIVE AMNESIA.

    This event is presented by Hear My Voice in co-operation with The Cultural Section of the Embassy of Sweden, The National Library of South Africa, The City Of Tshwane, Tshwane Speak Out Loud and Poetoria. Details can be found here.

  • Wed
    31
    May
    2017
    18h30Love Books | The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville

    Michael Titlestad talks to Alison Lowry, author and editor extraordinaire, about completing Gerald Kraak’s unfinished novel Shadow Play. Details can be found here.

  • Thu
    01
    Jun
    2017

    Jameson's First Shot script writing competition is now open. Details can be found here.

  • Thu
    01
    Jun
    2017

    Harvard Review's is open to receive short fiction, poetry, essays, and book review submissions.Full details can be found on their website here.

  • Thu
    01
    Jun
    2017
    Sat
    15
    Jul
    2017

    TSSF Journal seeks well-crafted, realistic poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction about Africa, Africans, and African issues from writers of African descents or those associated with Africa. Details here.

  • Thu
    01
    Jun
    2017
    Mon
    31
    Jul
    2017

    "FIYAH is looking for brave works of speculative short fiction by authors from the African diaspora that reject regressive ideas of blackness, respectability politics, and stereotype. Please submit your bravest, blackest, most difficult to sell stories to them." More details can be found on their website.

  • Thu
    01
    Jun
    2017
    Tue
    01
    Aug
    2017

    Enkare Review is accepting unsolicited submissions. Full details can be found on their website.

  • Thu
    01
    Jun
    2017
    17h30Love Books, Books Bamboo Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, JHB,

    Launch for the edge-of-your-seat thriller, SPIRE, by Fiona Snyckers. Part 2 of the Burchell Sisters trilogy and rated 5 stars on Amazon, Fiona will be in conversation with Gus Silber on the night. Details of the launch can be found here.

  • Thu
    01
    Jun
    2017
    18h00Room C 016 at Sol Plaatje University

    This highly-anticipated debut collection from one of the country’s most acclaimed young voices marks a massive shift in South African poetry. Koleka Putuma’s exploration of blackness, womxnhood and history in Collective Amnesia is fearless. Details for the event can be found here.

  • Fri
    02
    Jun
    2017
    17h00Bessie Head Library, 260 Church Street.

    Putuma explodes the idea of authority in various spaces – academia, religion, politics, relationships – to ask what has been learnt and what must be unlearnt. Through grief and memory, pain and joy, sex and self-care, "Collective Amnesia" is a powerful appraisal, reminder and revelation of all that has been forgotten and ignored, both in South African society, and within ourselves. Launch details can be found here.

  • Fri
    02
    Jun
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Ken Barris will be launching his new collection The Life of Worm & Other Misconceptions in conversation with Karin Schimke. Details here.

  • Sat
    03
    Jun
    2017
    10h00Exclusive Book, Mall of the South

    Refiloe Moahloli will be giving a reading of her book. Details here.

  • Sat
    03
    Jun
    2017
    13h00 BAT Centre, in Maritime Place, near old Victoria Embankment

    uHlanga and Izimbongi Zesimanje / Nowadays Poets invite you to the Durban launch performance of Koleka Putuma's break-out debut collection, COLLECTIVE AMNESIA. Details can be found here.

  • Sat
    03
    Jun
    2017
    14h00Wits Writing Centre, East Campus, University of the Witwatersrand,

    Seven of the authors featured in the book will be present to do a reading/performance of their contributions to the title. Full details here.

  • Tue
    06
    Jun
    2017
    14h00Central Library, Cape Town

    Jurgen Namupira launches Greetings!, his new poetry collection. Details can be found here.

  • Tue
    06
    Jun
    2017
    18h00Athenaeum Port Elizabeth/Nelson Mandela Bay, 7 Belmont Terrace

    Through grief and memory, pain and joy, sex and self-care, Collective Amnesia is a powerful appraisal, reminder and revelation of all that has been forgotten and ignored, both in South African society, and within ourselves. Details can be found here.

  • Tue
    06
    Jun
    2017
    18h30The Book Lounge

    Mark Heywood will be in conversation with Redi Tlhabi about what inspires his activism, SECTION27 and Save South Africa. More details here.

  • Thu
    08
    Jun
    2017
    Sun
    11
    Jun
    2017
    Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Observatory

    The Naked Word festival attracts the attendance of poets and audience from all over the country. The theme for this second annual Naked Word Festival is “I Speak of My Inherit-Age”. Details can be found on their website.

  • Thu
    08
    Jun
    2017
    18h30Stoep, Sonpark

    Putuma explodes the idea of authority in various spaces – academia, religion, politics, relationships – to ask what has been learnt and what must be unlearnt. Through grief and memory, pain and joy, sex and self-care, Collective Amnesia is a powerful appraisal, reminder and revelation of all that has been forgotten and ignored, both in South African society, and within ourselves. Details can be found here.

  • Wed
    14
    Jun
    2017
    17h30National English Literary Museum on Worcester Street

    uHlanga and the National English Literary Museum invite you to the iRhini-Grahamstown launch performance of Koleka Putuma's break-out debut collection, COLLECTIVE AMNESIA. Details can be found here.

  • Thu
    15
    Jun
    2017

    Set for publication in August, this issue explores various aspects of LGBTQ life. The theme for this year’s anthology is Sex! More details can be found here.

  • Thu
    15
    Jun
    2017
    18h00Steve Biko Centre, King Williams Town

    This highly-anticipated debut collection from one of the country’s most acclaimed young voices marks a massive shift in South African poetry. Koleka Putuma’s exploration of blackness, womxnhood and history in Collective Amnesia is fearless and unwavering. Details of the launch can be found here.

  • Wed
    21
    Jun
    2017
    18h30Exclusive Books, Cavendish Square

    Nicki von der Heyde launches the companion volume to "Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa". RSVP via cavendishdeputy@exclusivebooks.co.za or 021 674 3030.

  • Fri
    23
    Jun
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Albie Sachs and Safcei youth ambassador Siphokazi Pangalele talk about South African stories. Visit their website for more information.

  • Mon
    26
    Jun
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Lloyd Zandberg launches his debut title. RSVP here.

  • Tue
    27
    Jun
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Fever, the English translation of Deon Meyer’s Koors is now out. RSVP for the launch here.

  • Wed
    28
    Jun
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    The musical group Found at Sea will be performing at the beginning of the launch. More details can be found here.

  • Thu
    29
    Jun
    2017
    18h00Adams Musgrave, Musgrave Centre

    Nicki von der Heyde launches the companion volume to "Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa". RSVP via musgrave@adamsbooks.co.za or 031 319 4450.

  • Thu
    29
    Jun
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Contributors to the anthology will be reading their work. Details of the launch can be found here.

  • Fri
    30
    Jun
    2017

    "HOLAA wants stories about desire. Stories about when sex happened and sex did not happen. Stories of African women experiencing pleasure with other women." Details here.

  • Fri
    30
    Jun
    2017
    Tue
    31
    Oct
    2017

    The 2017 Morland Writing Scholarships for African writers is open. They have strict entry requirements so make sure you read them here.

  • Sat
    01
    Jul
    2017
    Mon
    31
    Jul
    2017

    "Short Story Day Africa's theme for 2017 is "ID". This year, we're looking for innovative short fiction that explores identity, especially (but not limited to) the themes of gender identity and sexuality." Find the full details here.

  • Sat
    01
    Jul
    2017
    Sun
    10
    Sep
    2017

    Imagnary House is looking for submissions only in the following genres:

    • Children’s long form fiction (think Roald Dahl and CS Lewis narratives)
    • Young-adult science-fiction, fantasy, or alternative-reality novels
    • Comic books and graphic novels

    Details here.

  • Mon
    03
    Jul
    2017

    "Flux sounds like a dirty word. And to many, it might be. The origin of the word is the same as flow: movement, the inconstant, the unstoppable force of change." This is the theme of issue 21. Details can be found here.

  • Mon
    03
    Jul
    2017

    "(Script Market), now in its second year, aims to develop new South African play scripts and provide an opportunity for playwrights to introduce their ideas and scripts to interested parties in the theatre industry." Details here.

  • Mon
    03
    Jul
    2017

    adda is Commonwealth Writers’ online gathering of stories. The details of their call can be found here.

  • Tue
    04
    Jul
    2017

    The 2017 Babishai Haiku Contest is open for submissions. Only African poets resident in Africa. Only haiku poems that are Africa-themed. Details here.

  • Wed
    05
    Jul
    2017

    "You are a passenger in a particular airplane going to wherever place, but there is a storm and it's very obvious that the plane is going to crash. Using the first person narrative technique, describe the experience in no more than 50 words. There would be two winners and five honorable mentions." Email henryadol4us@yahoo.com for more details.

    The HPFF 2017 is sponsored by the The Open University and The Henreaders' Hangout.

  • Wed
    05
    Jul
    2017
    18h00LoveBooks, Bamboo Centre, Melville

    Barbara Boswell launches her novel, Grace. Full details here.

  • Thu
    06
    Jul
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    The launch of "A History of the Iziko SA National Gallery" will be hosted by the Book Lounge. For more details see the event page.

  • Tue
    11
    Jul
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    This is the launch of Chwayita Ngamlana debut novel. For the full details, check out the event page here.

  • Thu
    13
    Jul
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    "From the author of the internationally acclaimed Farmageddon, Dead Zone takes us on an eye-opening investigative journey across the globe, focussing on a dozen iconic species one-by-one and looking in each case at the role that industrial farming is playing in their plight". Event details here.

  • Sat
    15
    Jul
    2017
    Thu
    31
    Aug
    2017

    "Africa in Dialogue" is opening its platform to African interviewers to submit interviews for its First Issue.

    With this First Issue, we aim to create a vibrant flow of dialogues between Africans living in all parts of Africa and the Diaspora. We hope that Africans can engage in dialogues about their stories, countries, cultures, narratives, philosophies and idiosyncrasies that matter to them.

    Full details here.

  • Tue
    18
    Jul
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    "Firepool is a chronicle of South Africa in the ‘second transition’ – one in which the foundations of the post-apartheid settlement are questioned in all kinds of ways". Event details here.

  • Sat
    22
    Jul
    2017
    Bridge Books | 85 Commissioner Street, Johannesburg

    "The workshop runs over four weeks, held on consecutive Saturday afternoons. Based on his own success with his short story collection Affluenza, and his three novels, Niq guides writers in developing their creativity." Details can be found here.

  • Mon
    24
    Jul
    2017

    An award and anthology on the topics of gender, human rights and sexuality, for writers and photographers across Africa. Details here.

  • Mon
    31
    Jul
    2017

    Anansesem publishes children’s and young adult fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and illustration. It currently accepts submissions for its September 2017 issue, with a “Love”  theme. Interpret personally or broadly what love means to you, the community, and the world in general. More details here.

  • Mon
    31
    Jul
    2017
    23:59

    Create #FlashFiction by writing a 140-character #Twitterature micro story inspired by #WordsAndWine. Details here.

  • Tue
    01
    Aug
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    "Curry has more than 90 recipes from across SA, including Qunu-based Noxolo Gamakulu’s beef curry stew, Lenasia’s Kadir Saloojee’s mutton curry, former Knysna restaurateur Sanchia Hadlow’s Thai meatball red curry and a typical Durban crab curry." Details of the launch can be found here.

  • Tue
    01
    Aug
    2017
    18h00Love Books, Melville

    "Where do unfinished poems go – the early buds, the offcuts, all of the blooms that can't be bunched together? In this beguiling bouquet of travel poetry, diary fragments, letters, works-in-progress and retrospection, Helen Moffett offers us a rare look into the workings, misfirings andtriumphs of a literary mind."

    This event is a co-launch with Short Story Day Africa, who will be launching Migrations, an excellent collection of short fiction that Moffett co-edited, along with Efemia Chela and Bongani Kona.

    Details here.

  • Wed
    02
    Aug
    2017
    18:00Wits Senate Room

    A necessary debate and discussion on:

    • How do we reflect this new spirit from its inception?
    • How do we help craft, edit, shape, or not, these new stories?
    • How do we decolonise editing?

    The evening will be emceed by Thabiso Mahlape, the founder of BlackBird Books. The panel, with speakers Sabata-Mpho Mokae, Dudu Busani-Dube, Helen Moffett, Rehana Rossouw and Malebo Sephodi, will be chaired by Redi Tlhabi. Full details can be found here.

  • Wed
    02
    Aug
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    "The Fifth Mrs Brink is Karina M. Szczurek’s memoir of her life before, during and after her marriage to André P. Brink. Polish-born Karina was twenty-seven when she met the acclaimed writer, forty-two years her senior, and they spent a decade together." Details of the launch can be found here.

  • Thu
    03
    Aug
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    "Spanning more than eighty years, Softness of the Lime  tells of traditions old and emerging, at a time in the Cape when competition for ownership of everything – including people – was at its peak. Drawing on the history of her own ancestors, Maxine Case mesmerises with this compelling story of passion and integrity, love and betrayal."
    Details of the launch can be found here.

  • Thu
    03
    Aug
    2017
    18h00Love Books, Melville

    "Queer Africa 2 brings together historical and contemporary stories, affirming and disquieting stories, urban and rural stories. At its heart, the collection celebrates the diversity and fluidity of queer and African identities, offering a sometimes radical re-imagining of life on the continent." Details here.

  • Thu
    03
    Aug
    2017
    18h00The Fugard Theatre

    Pat Williams, the lyricist of the 1959 production of King Kong, will be in conversation with Nancy Richards (SA fm literature).
    Details can be found here.

  • Fri
    04
    Aug
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    "The idea for this collection of recipes started with the premise that not all readers are necessarily confident cooks. Neither are some social people who want to invite a group of friends or family over for a catch-up or special celebration.

    This book helps you prepare a great meal for your gathering with a bit of planning and without too much stress. For this reason the emphasis is on dishes that can be prepared and often completed before the guests arrive."
    Details of the launch can be found here.

  • Sat
    05
    Aug
    2017
    14h00Bookdealers, Greenside

    "The book is comprised of correspondence between Susan Scott in Johannesburg, South Africa and Susan E. Schwartz in Phoenix, Arizona. Aging has both in its radar. Each feels the shifts on emotional, psychological, mental and physical levels. Many losses occur at this stage of life, with friends and family dying, broken or failed partnerships, illness or incapacitation on the doorstep for many."
    RSVP via bookdealers@mweb.co.za or 011 782 1101.

  • Tue
    08
    Aug
    2017
    16h00AC Jordan 116 | Upper Campus | UCT

    The project experiments with decolonising the creative writing curriculum for transformation from Western liberal centric ideas about writing, reading and literary criticism and production to an egalitarian one that promotes opportunities for and includes fully the voices and works of black, women, LGBTQI persons, working class and poor and persons with disabilities as well as people engaged in literature from the Global South in general.
    Email uctcreative@gmail.com for more details.

  • Tue
    08
    Aug
    2017
    16h30 Woman Zone’s Library, Artscape Theatre

    In a collaborative event, three books by women are launched. The full details of the event can be found here.

  • Tue
    08
    Aug
    2017
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    "The Fifth Mrs Brink is Karina M. Szczurek’s memoir of her life before, during and after her marriage to André P. Brink. Polish-born Karina was twenty-seven when she met the acclaimed writer, forty-two years her senior, and they spent a decade together."
    Details can be found here.

  • Thu
    10
    Aug
    2017

    The Poetry in McGregor festival has called for poems across a number of categories. Details can be found here.

  • Thu
    10
    Aug
    2017
    18h30Love Books

    "Reflecting Rogue delivers 20 essays of deliciously incisive brain food, all extremely accessible to a general critical readership, without sacrificing intellectual rigour."
    Details of the launch can be found here.

  • Sat
    12
    Aug
    2017
    Sat
    09
    Sep
    2017
    Various

    InZync Poetry & Open Book Fest present: THE CAPE TOWN POETRY SLAM!

    See the link here for prelims and entry details.

  • Mon
    14
    Aug
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Douglas Reid Skinner launches his new collection, Liminal. Event details here.

  • Tue
    15
    Aug
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    "What's a mother to do when her high-achieving boy - adored by his close-knit family and private school community - turns bully overnight? How is she to know that his sudden headaches and vomiting are far more serious than all the doctors insist? The Twinkling of An Eye  is the true, life-affirming memoir of a mother's harrowing but heroic fight against her son's rare brain tumour. Brown tells her story with courage, humour and heart. Hers is a revealing, frank and deeply affecting story of the light that shines even in the darkest of places."
    Sue Brown will be in conversation with Karina M. Szczurek. RSVP here.

  • Wed
    16
    Aug
    2017
    18h30Love Books

    "The Fifth Mrs Brink is Karina M. Szczurek’s memoir of her life before, during and after her marriage to André P. Brink. Polish-born Karina was twenty-seven when she met the acclaimed writer, forty-two years her senior, and they spent a decade together."
    Details can be found here.

  • Thu
    17
    Aug
    2017
    17h30Irma Stern Museum

    Cape Town  launch of “A to Z of Amazing SA Women”. RSVP here.

  • Fri
    18
    Aug
    2017
    Sun
    20
    Aug
    2017
    Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre

    "Karina Szcuzurek (the 5th Mrs Brink), Tony Park, Adam Cruise, Athol Williams, Bridget Hilton-Barber, Elaine Pillay, Tracy Todd, Mercy Dube, Mario Cesare, Jayne Bauling, Derick van der Walt, DJ Sbu and Isabella Morris will be there, as well as a socio-political discussion, various workshops and poetry readings."
    More details about the festival can be found on their website.

  • Sat
    19
    Aug
    2017
    Protea Boekwinkel, Stellenbosch

    "Single mom Delilah’s life goes up in smoke when her Grade 6 daughter – the star pupil Daisy – isn’t made head girl. Rosie Roberts, Daisy’s nemesis, is crowned instead. But when Rosie is pushed off the second-storey balcony at school, accusing glances are cast at Daisy..."
    More information can be found here:

  • Sun
    20
    Aug
    2017

    The team at Kalahari Review have a monthly memoir/essay contest. The winner each month will receive a $50 usd prize. theme for this month is: Where we live and why. Details here.

  • Tue
    22
    Aug
    2017
    18h00Amandla! Media, Observatory

    The book, "Women Surviving Lavender Hill", was written by Auntie Val, Naema Moses, Margaret Arendse, Mary Bam, Veronica Kroukamp, Sheila Jacobs and Lorna Snyman and stems from a two-year writing project facilitated by a community organisation New World Foundation (NWF). Details of the launch can be found here.

  • Fri
    25
    Aug
    2017

    One seat, 14C, is “reserved” for the public to submit their own narrative and the writer of the winning story will be sent on an all-expense-paid trip for two to Tokyo, and receive an honorary seat on the prestigious XPRIZE Science Fiction Advisory Council. Competition details can be found here or here.

  • Sat
    26
    Aug
    2017
    11h00Bargain Books, Centurion Mall

    "Sara’s first day of school is full of surprises, but the biggest one of all is that she discovers she doesn’t understand what the other children are saying and she wonders how she will make friends. Her teacher encourages her to find out the many ways one can say hello."
    Visit the website for more details: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.co.za/events/how-many-ways-1

  • Wed
    30
    Aug
    2017
    18h00National English Literary Museum

    ABOUT LIMINAL
    This seventh collection from one of South African poetry’s under-appreciated masters is possibly his best yet. Metatextual, meticulous and deeply steeped in sentiment, Liminal is an exquisite and at-times startling rumination on lives lived, loves loved and writings written.

    Details of the event can be found here:

  • Wed
    30
    Aug
    2017
    18h30Protea Boekwinkel Worcester

    "The Fifth Mrs Brink is Karina M. Szczurek’s memoir of her life before, during and after her marriage to André P. Brink. Polish-born Karina was twenty-seven when she met the acclaimed writer, forty-two years her senior, and they spent a decade together."
    Details can be found here. RSVP:hduplessis@proteaboekwinkel.com

  • Thu
    31
    Aug
    2017

    Panorama emphasises writing and photography which is created with a deep intelligence, reconnecting us to the world. They are looking for various submissions. See their page for further details.

  • Thu
    31
    Aug
    2017

    Coal Literary Magazine is looking for:

    • Poetry
    • Short story
    • Essay
    • Review
    • Interview
    • Spoken word videos and audios
    • Literary commentaries

    Details here.

  • Thu
    31
    Aug
    2017
    Sun
    03
    Sep
    2017
    Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg

    The theme for this year is "Women and Literature", the event has two amazing guests: two literary powerhouses, Kopano Matlwa the author of the critically acclaimed novels Coconut, Spilt Milkand Period Pains and Shailja Patel is an internationally acclaimed Kenyan poet, playwrighter, theatre artist, political activist and author of the bestseller Migritude.

    See their website for more details.

  • Thu
    31
    Aug
    2017
    16h00AC Jordan 116, UCT

    Masande Ntshanga and Songeziwe Mahlangu will be discussing their debut novels at the UCT Creative Writing Centre's Decolonisation and Literature series.

  • Fri
    01
    Sep
    2017

    The aim in this competition is to promote the movement of science fiction works that, as a concept and as an artefact of the social, offer new possibilities in border crossings. Full details here.

  • Fri
    01
    Sep
    2017
    Wed
    01
    Nov
    2017

    Awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words) in English. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000. Translated entries are also eligible, as are stories written in the original Bengali, Chinese, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan and Tamil.
    The competition is free to enter. Details can be found here.

  • Mon
    04
    Sep
    2017

    This Is Africa is producing an anthology that explores ideas of pleasure on the continent. Details can be found here.

  • Tue
    05
    Sep
    2017
    18h00Cornerstone Institute, Salt River

    "Exit" documents Grootboom's ordeal as a victim of human trafficking and drug addiction.Details can be found here.

  • Wed
    06
    Sep
    2017
    Sun
    10
    Sep
    2017

    Open Book Festival at The Fugard Theatre is an annual literary festival, the first of which happened in 2011. The hubs will be the Fugard Theatre, The District 6 Museum Homecoming Centre and much-loved indie bookshop, The Book Lounge. Full programme here.

  • Wed
    06
    Sep
    2017
    18h00Anatomy Lecture Theatre, UCT Hiddingh Campus

    A joint talk by director of the ICA Jay Pather and playwright Nadia Davids about their respective critically-acclaimed works 'Body of Evidence' and 'What Remains'.
    Details can be found here:

  • Thu
    07
    Sep
    2017

    The team at Kalahari Review have a monthly memoir/essay contest. The winner each month will receive a $50 usd prize. theme for this month is: Travel. Details here.

  • Thu
    07
    Sep
    2017
    18h30The Steve Biko Centre, King William’s Town

    "From his humble beginnings in the township of New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, Thando grew to become one of the grittiest loose-forwards of South African rugby, despite only starting the game at the age of 16.
    Within two years of picking up a rugby ball, he represented Eastern Province at Craven Week, and by 2000 he was a Springbok.
    But it isn’t solely Thando’s rugby journey that makes Being a Black Springbok a remarkable sports biography. It’s learning how he has negotiated life’s perils and pitfalls, which threatened to derail both his sporting ambitions and the course of his life."

    Details of the event can be found here.

  • Fri
    08
    Sep
    2017
    Sun
    10
    Sep
    2017
    Museum Africa, Newtown

    South Africans from all walks of life will be able to access the diverse content produced by its world class book industry, listen to, mingle and debate with a wide variety of authors.

    Details here:

  • Fri
    08
    Sep
    2017
    18h00Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, Johannesburg

    This launch is to celebrate the life of Can Themba and International Literacy Day on 8 September.

  • Sun
    10
    Sep
    2017

    SWIFT (Sisters Working in Film and Television) are calling for 1-3 minute scripts for their anti-harassment campaign #ThatsNotOK.
    Details can be found here.

  • Sun
    10
    Sep
    2017
    09h00Magaliesberg

    Independent Authors will gather to talk and discuss all manner of topics. There will also be an exhibition. Full details can be found here.

  • Tue
    12
    Sep
    2017
    18h30The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg

    Fiona Melrose, author of the critically acclaimed 'Midwinter', chats to Yewande Omotoso about her new book 'Johannesburg'. Details can be found here.

    RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

  • Thu
    14
    Sep
    2017
    18h00Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study, 1 Tolip Street, Westdene

    This is
    Lesego Rampolokeng's third novel and focuses on life in a post-apartheid South African township. Details here.

  • Thu
    14
    Sep
    2017
    18h00Exclusive Books, Rosebank

    Craig Higginson will be in conversation with Achmat Dangor about the latter's latest offering. Full details of the event can be found here. Please RSVP via email rosebank@exclusivebooks.co.za.

  • Fri
    15
    Sep
    2017
    Wed
    15
    Nov
    2017

    "The Boiler" publishes new and emerging writers on a quarterly basis.
    They publish "works that aren’t afraid."

    More details can be found here.

  • Tue
    19
    Sep
    2017
    18h30The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg

    Nicky von der Heyde’s chats to Peter Delmar about her new guide. Details can be found here.

    RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

  • Wed
    20
    Sep
    2017
    18h30CAS Gallery, African Gender Instute at the University of Cape Town

    Barbara Boswell discusses her novel, Grace. She will be in conversation with Jan-Louise Levin. Details here.

  • Thu
    21
    Sep
    2017
    11h00Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town

    "Family secrets run deep for Grace, a young girl growing up in Cape Town during the 1980s, spilling over into adulthood, and threating to ruin the respectable life she has built for herself. When an old childhood friend reappears, Grace’s memories of her childhood come rushing back, and she is confronted, once again, with the loss that has shaped her. The novel is permeated with the long shadow cast by personal trauma, violence and loss on people’s lives."

    Details can be found here.

  • Thu
    21
    Sep
    2017
    14h00Seminar Room, Humanities Graduate Centre, Wits

    Black Thought and Other Delinquencies: Rogue Encounters with the Archive. Keguro Macharia will be in conversation with Pumla Dineo Gqola. Please send your RSVPs to edombagi@gmail.com.
    Details here.

  • Thu
    21
    Sep
    2017
    17h30National English Literary Museum

    In "Alles het niet kom wôd", Nathan Trantraal takes a hard look at the religious and urban milieu of his childhood. The poet’s voice highlights the everyday with humour and gravity: descriptions of the relationships between family members, loved ones and acquaintances. Also, loss and hardship are central to this volume of poetry where tragedy is often entwined with irony.
    Details of the event can be found here.

  • Tue
    26
    Sep
    2017
    18h00Social Kitchen & Bar, Hyde Park

    Lauren Segel takes about her memoir which details her four-time victory over cancer. She'll be in conversation with Jennifer Crwys-Williams. Details can be found here.

  • Tue
    26
    Sep
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    "Dikeledi captures, carefully and movingly, the essence of the turbulent days in which it is set. The focus on family drama within an incredibly difficult social situation, the small daily struggles rather than the huge challenges that conventionally make for ‘good’ archival footage, are what sets the novel apart from other literature that deals with the period."

    Achmat will be in conversation with Imraan Coovadia.

    Details of the launch can be found here.

  • Wed
    27
    Sep
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    "A work of biographical fiction, The Lion & The Thespian is based on the true story of the marriage of Hans Strydom, prime minister of South Africa from 1954 to 1958, to the actress Marda Vanne. Veteran author David Bloomberg (former executive mayor of Cape Town, and founder of Metropolitan Life), following extensive reading and research, has adhered faithfully to the chronology of the lives of the main protagonists, their personalities and the historical facts with which they were associated."

    David will be in conversation with Russell Clarke.

    Details of the launch can be found here.

  • Wed
    27
    Sep
    2017
    18h30The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg

    Qarnita will be chatting to Jenny Crwys-Williams about her debut novel. Details can be found here.

    RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

  • Wed
    27
    Sep
    2017
    18h30 Exclusive Books, Hyde Park

    Redi Thlabi launches her new book Khwezi in conversation with Eusebius Mckaiser.
    RSVP and enquires: events@exclusivebooks.co.za

  • Thu
    28
    Sep
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    "The Odyssey, Homer's great epic, tells the tale of the Greek hero Odysseus, Chief of Ithaka, one of the most versatile and fascinating characters in literature. This new translation, with its generous African texturing, will delight lovers of poetry and the classics alike."

    Richard will be in conversation with Clive 'Chuck' Chandler.

    Details of the launch can be found here.

  • Thu
    28
    Sep
    2017
    18h30The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg

    Redi Thlabi launches her new book Khwezi. Details can be found here.

    RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

  • Sat
    30
    Sep
    2017

    Applications for the 2017 ANFASA Grant Scheme for Authors. The grant is open to members working on a scholarly or a general non-fiction work. More details can be found here.

  • Sun
    01
    Oct
    2017
    Tue
    31
    Oct
    2017

    A $12,000 advance and publication by Graywolf Press will be awarded to a first novel manuscript by an African author. Details here.

  • Mon
    02
    Oct
    2017
    18h00Book Lounge

    Redi Thlabi launches her new book Khwezi and will be in conversation with Palesa Morudu.

    RSVP and enquires: booklounge@gmail.com or 021 462 2425

  • Tue
    03
    Oct
    2017
    Wed
    31
    Jan
    2018

    The 2018 International Radio Playwriting Competition is now open to entries! Anyone aged 18 or over and living outside the UK – whether you’re an established writer, completely new or anywhere in between.

    Link to competition details here.

  • Tue
    03
    Oct
    2017
    18h00Kamili Coffee, 48 Harrington Street

    Kobus Moolman, award winning poet and playwright, will be reading from his work. Details can be found here.

  • Wed
    04
    Oct
    2017
    18h00Ike Books and Collectables, Morningside

    Event and RSVP details can be found here.

  • Sat
    07
    Oct
    2017

    The team at Kalahari Review have a monthly memoir/essay contest. The winner each month will receive a $50 usd prize. theme for this month is: Travel. Details here.

  • Sat
    07
    Oct
    2017

    "As part of their goal to redefine the place of contemporary Africans in the world, and to foster understanding of African experiences and identities, Invisible Borders will embark on a project to publish a series of books for children ages 7 to 12. These books will tell about the histories and cultures of Africans, bringing some of the continent’s most significant, yet relatively unknown, figures and stories to the fore."

    Details can be found here.

  • Sun
    08
    Oct
    2017
    14h00Bridge Books, Maboneng

    "Six stories by writers from Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Uganda, USA present exciting and varied narratives on life. There are stories on desire, disruption and dreams; others on longing, lust and love - a range of human emotions abound on lives of Africans and those of the diaspora who identify variously along the long and fluid line of the sexuality, gender and sexual orientation spectrum in the African continent. Centered in these stories and their in attendant relationships is humanity."

    Details of the launch can be found here.

    RSVP via info@bridgebooks.co.za, or by text/WhatsApp at 079 708 4461.

  • Tue
    10
    Oct
    2017
    19h00Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg

    Details of the participants can be found here.

  • Sat
    14
    Oct
    2017
    10h00Bridge Books, Maboneng

    Nyambura Waits for the Bus is a story that teaches children the importance of doing good deeds. It also reminds us to cherish moments spent with loved ones.

    Details of the event can be found here.

  • Tue
    17
    Oct
    2017
    18h00Book Lounge

    "In Always Another Country, Sisonke Msimang writes about her exile childhood in Zambia, Kenya and Canada, her college years in the USA, and returning to South Africa in the 1990s. She reflects candidly on present-day South Africa, but this is a book about family, romance and motherhood; of childhood jealousies and adult passions, and what it means to be born into a life scored by history. Her memoir is a chronicle of a coming of age, for both a woman and a young democracy."

    RSVP via booklounge@gmail.com

  • Wed
    18
    Oct
    2017
    18h00Lecture Theatre 1, Kramer Law Building, UCT

    The translation of "George’s Secret Key to the Universe" by Lucy Hawking into isiZulu and isiXhosa is bound to be the start of something wonderful. You can RSVP for the event to: rsvp@jacana.co.za.
    Details of the event can be found here.

  • Wed
    18
    Oct
    2017
    18h30Love Books

    Bontle Senne chats about her third book in the Shadowchasers series - "Flame of Truth". Details can be found here.

  • Wed
    18
    Oct
    2017
    19h00Troyeville Hotel, Johannesburg

    "In Always Another Country, Sisonke Msimang writes about her exile childhood in Zambia, Kenya and Canada, her college years in the USA, and returning to South Africa in the 1990s. She reflects candidly on present-day South Africa, but this is a book about family, romance and motherhood; of childhood jealousies and adult passions, and what it means to be born into a life scored by history. Her memoir is a chronicle of a coming of age, for both a woman and a young democracy."
    Sisonke will be in conversation with Antony Altbeker. RSVP via laurence@troyeville.co.za

  • Thu
    19
    Oct
    2017
    18h30Exclusive Books, Rosebank

    "In Always Another Country, Sisonke Msimang writes about her exile childhood in Zambia, Kenya and Canada, her college years in the USA, and returning to South Africa in the 1990s. She reflects candidly on present-day South Africa, but this is a book about family, romance and motherhood; of childhood jealousies and adult passions, and what it means to be born into a life scored by history. Her memoir is a chronicle of a coming of age, for both a woman and a young democracy."

    Sisonke will be in conversation with
    Redi Tlhabi. RSVP via events@exclusivebooks.co.za

  • Thu
    19
    Oct
    2017
    18h30Love Books

    Dawn Garisch launches her new book "Accident". Details can be found here.

  • Fri
    20
    Oct
    2017
    10h00-10h30Love Books

    Have a morning coffee with Sisonke Msimang to launch her book "Always Another Country". Space will be limited so get your RSVPs in early. Details can be found here.

    Write-up on book: This is writer and activist Sisonke Msimang’s stunning memoir of identity and belonging. She writes about her exile childhood in Zambia, Kenya and Canada, her college years in the USA, and her return to South Africa in the 90s. Her memoir is a chronicle of the coming of age of both a young woman, and our young democracy.

  • Sat
    21
    Oct
    2017
    Sun
    22
    Oct
    2017
    10h00-19h00Nirox Foundation

    "A festival dedicated to the power and promise of WORDS in every incarnation, written, spoken and sung – informing, questioning, entertaining and enlightening – imagining and inspiring a better world.
    NIROX supports all disciplines in the cauldron of contemporary art."

    Follow the link for more details.

  • Thu
    26
    Oct
    2017
    18h30Love Books

    Launch of A to Z of Amazing South African Women with author Ambre Nicolson. Details of the event can be found here.

  • Tue
    31
    Oct
    2017

    "We seek the freshest, disturbing and disconcerting new voices in SFF, with emphasis on tales that wander into the darker side of the storytelling spectrum. While this is chiefly an African short story competition, and is focused on the development of up-and-coming voices, we are open to international entries."
    Entry details can be found here.

  • Tue
    31
    Oct
    2017

    The Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award offers talented writers in need of financial support an opportunity to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat in Reykjavík, Iceland in April 2018.
    Full details can be found here.

  • Tue
    31
    Oct
    2017
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Angela Makholwa speaks about her latest novel to Lauren Smith.

    Follow the link for more details.

  • Wed
    01
    Nov
    2017

    "Write the same story twice.
    Write it once as yourself in non-fiction format. Next, write your story as a fictional character in an fictional land."
    Full details can be found here.

  • Tue
    07
    Nov
    2017

    The team at Kalahari Review have a monthly memoir/essay contest. The winner each month will receive a $50 usd prize. theme for this month is:  African Writers of the Past. Details here.

  • Wed
    08
    Nov
    2017
    18h30Love Books

    Ronnie Kasrils will be chatting to gender activist Nomboniso Gasa. RSVP to Savannah Lucas at rsvp@Jacana.co.za

  • Mon
    13
    Nov
    2017
    18h30Love Books

    Join Anja Schiffrin for the launch of this interesting title. RSVP to rsvp@jacana.co.za

  • Tue
    14
    Nov
    2017
    18h30Love Books

    Christi van der Westhuizen launches Sitting Pretty: White Afrikaans women in postapartheid South Africa. She’ll be chatting to Zimitri Erasmus, author of Race Otherwise.

  • Wed
    15
    Nov
    2017

    This is an anthology celebrating queer art and resilience in Nigeria.
    Details can be found here.

  • Wed
    15
    Nov
    2017
    18h30Love Books

    Join for the launch of Camp Whore (originally published in Afrikaans as Kamphoer) with author Francois Smith and translator Dominique Botha. They’ll be chatting to Michele Magwood.

  • Thu
    16
    Nov
    2017
    18h30Love Books

    Dumani Mandela launches his memoir Rain on a Sunny Day: living and thriving with bipolar. He’ll be chatting to Karabo Kgoleng.

  • Thu
    16
    Nov
    2017
    18h30Love Books

    Dumani Mandela launches his memoir Rain on a Sunny Day: living and thriving with bipolar. He’ll be chatting to Karabo Kgoleng.

  • Thu
    16
    Nov
    2017
    18h30Love Books

    Dumani Mandela launches his memoir Rain on a Sunny Day: living and thriving with bipolar. He’ll be chatting to Karabo Kgoleng.

  • Mon
    20
    Nov
    2017
    Fri
    24
    Nov
    2017

    "Pan Macmillan believes in publishing books by African authors and/or books that deal with contemporary African themes and issues. We are extremely selective in accepting works for publication. Only works of the highest writing standard, level of originality and market appeal will be considered."

    Visit their website for more details here.

  • Wed
    22
    Nov
    2017
    18h30Love Books

    Join for the launch of Rehana Rossouw’s second book New Times. RSVP essential to rsvp@jacana.co.za

  • Thu
    23
    Nov
    2017
    18h30Love Books

    Join for the launch of Tim Noakes and Marika Sboros new book Lore of Nutrition: Challenging traditional dietary beliefs. They’ll be chatting to the legendary Bruce Fordyce.

  • Thu
    30
    Nov
    2017

    "We live in an age in which increasingly we all take or view photographs. Visual language is growing and developing every day as we record our world and our experiences in visual terms. One could go as far as to say that every one of us has, by default, become a photographer as billions of images are uploaded online at any given moment.
    We invite you to find a provocative photograph which inspires a powerful story. The image can be a spontaneously captured selfie, a bold news pic, a childhood snap in an old album; perhaps a framed tribute that brings back memories of joy, or a hidden print that haunts your past. Whether the photo is a portrait of a loved one, or an evocative landscape, whether colour or black and white, as long as the photograph has meaning to you, we encourage you to ‘find your story’ – the humour, the pathos, the drama – in the image.
    As ever, we’re looking for stories with strong narrative drive, and characters and settings which reflect our South African experience and diversity."

    Full details on their website.

  • Thu
    30
    Nov
    2017

    Praxis Magazine is a platform for artists and writers to commune, debate, and progress their craft respectively.

    Details can be found here.

  • Fri
    01
    Dec
    2017
    Sun
    31
    Dec
    2017

    For the 2018 issues of Saraba magazine, prospective contributors  interpret the themes in singular, yet compelling ways: Open, Fake Truths, Viral. Follow the link for full details.

  • Fri
    01
    Dec
    2017
    12h00

    "The Prize is open to poets who were born in Africa, or who are nationals of an African country, or whose parents are African. It is for ten poems exactly in order to encourage serious poets. These poems may, however, have already been published."
    Full details can be found on their website.

  • Mon
    04
    Dec
    2017
    Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018

    The Writivism Short Story Prize is an annual award for emerging African writers administered by the Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE) Now in its sixth year, the prize has supported literary careers for hundreds of emerging African writers. Follow the link for full details.

  • Mon
    04
    Dec
    2017
    Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018

    The Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Creative Non-Fiction is an annual award for creative non-fiction by emerging African writers administered by the Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE) and sponsored by the Koffi Addo family. Follow the link for full details.

  • Thu
    07
    Dec
    2017

    The team at Kalahari Review have a monthly memoir/essay contest. The winner each month will receive a $50 usd prize. theme for this month is:  Festive Traditions. Details here.

  • Thu
    14
    Dec
    2017
    Thu
    04
    Jan
    2018

    "Fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art will be considered for both print and online editions, unless you specifically state otherwise in your cover letter. Granta remains open to submissions of photography and art year-round." Follow the link for full details.

  • Thu
    14
    Dec
    2017
    Wed
    31
    Jan
    2018

    The Bare Life Review is committed to publishing work exclusively by immigrant and refugee authors, and to showcasing the immense—indeed, infinite—value and diversity of this literature. To this end, we accept work only from:

    • Foreign-born writers living in the United States
    • Writers living abroad who currently hold refugee status

    Full details can be found here.

  • Thu
    21
    Dec
    2017

    Send in "your best imaginings of the future of infection and infestation, of personhood, of war and of brains.
    Successful stories and poems will form a series of live reading events".

    Details can be found on the event's Facebook page.

  • Sun
    31
    Dec
    2017

    International Poetry Competition Castello Di Duino- XIV Edition is now open and there are different deadlines for different categories. Details can be found here.