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Call for book publishing in African languages

The Literature Advisory Panel of the National Arts Council is hereby inviting applications from independent South African publishing houses and publishers for its special grant in the attempt to redress scarcity of leisure books in African languages.

Closing date: 10 June 2016
Outcomes date: 30 July 2016

Requirements are as follows:

  • A maximum of 2 completed (already edited), quality manuscripts per publishing house/publisher, written in one of the 9 official indigenous languages or any of the Khoisan languages. If a publishing house/publisher is submitting 2 manuscripts, the manuscripts do not necessarily have to be in a single language.
  • The manuscript(s) must strictly be new work in one of the creative writing genres; with priority given to novels, poetry volumes, and short story collections meant for leisure reading (no academic intended work will be considered).
  • A production budget breakdown for R35 000 for each manuscript.
  • Example of the publisher’s previously published book(s).
  • Able to deliver before or by 30 November 2016.
  • A historical background of the publishing house/publisher.
  • Certified ID copies of two main office bearers
  • Certified company registration certificate
  • Tax clearance of the publishing house/publisher.
  • Confirmation of bank details
  • CV of the convenor/director/manager of the company
  • Financial statement of the Publishing House

Please note that late and incomplete applications will not be considered at all and no exceptions will be made. Further information on the National Arts Council please visit

For more information, contact the Arts Development Officer for Literature Mr Andrew Nkadimeng at


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