Writers invited to submit entries for the Gerald Kraak Award and Anthology

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Gerald Kraak.

SUBMISSIONS are being invited for the Gerald Kraak Award and Anthology, a new award and anthology on the topics of gender, human rights and sexuality, for writers and photographers across Africa.

Gerald Kraak (1956–2014) was a passionate champion of social justice, an anti-apartheid activist and the head of the Atlantic Philanthropies’ Reconciliation and Human Rights Programme in South Africa.

He authored the European Union Literary Award-winning Ice in the Lungs (Jacana, 2005), which explores South African politics, and directed a documentary on gay conscripts in the apartheid army. He is remembered for being kind and generous, delightfully irreverent and deeply committed to realising an equal and just society for all.

Created in honour of his extraordinary legacy, the award is made possible in partnership with The Other Foundation, and will advance Kraak’s contribution to building a society that is safe and welcoming to all. The anthology will feature English language writing and photography which explore, interrogate and celebrate the topics of gender, sexuality and human rights in Africa.

Africa World Press (Ethiopia), Amalion (Senegal), FEMRITE (Uganda), Kwani (Kenya), Weaver Press (Zimbabwe) and Wordweaver (Namibia) have agreed to be associated with the project.

The closing date for submissions in July 31; and the shortlist will be announced on December 15.

Only the very best work submitted will be shortlisted and published in an anthology, with the winners to be announced at a 2017 award ceremony, hosted by The Other Foundation and attended by the authors of the top three submissions.

The overall winner will receive a cash prize of R25 000.

Submissions must be made via the online entry form which can be found at: http://www.jacana.co.za/awards/the-gerald-kraak-award-and-anthology-entry-form.

  • The Other Foundation is an African Trust that gathers support for those who are working to protect and advance the rights, well-being and social inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and helps groups to work better for lasting change. For more information go to theotherfoundation.org – Books Editor

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