SA writers producing quality literature for young readers

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Sanlam  youth awards 2021.
Sanlam youth awards 2021.

South African writers are producing quality work for the country’s younger readers. Sanlam and Tafelberg Publishers received 95 manuscripts in nine of the country’s 11 official languages for the 2021 Sanlam Prizes for Youth Literature. Many of the entrants in the competition, which seeks to develop quality literature for readers aged between 12 and 18 year of age, were debut writers. Prizes are awarded in three categories: English, Afrikaans and African languages, with a winner and runner-up chosen in each category. KwaZulu-Natal authors who have made the finals of the contest include: Lwazi Msimango from Umlazi for The Firstborn; and Newcastle-based writers Elanie Boshoff for 56 Dae Van Lente, and Sandile Ngwenya for Imali Yezipoki (isiZulu).

The other 2021 finalists are:


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