The winner of this year’s Dinaane Award is Rešoketšwe Manenzhe who receives a R35,000 cash prize and will have her manuscript Scatterlings published in September 2020 by Jacana Media.
The aim of these awards is to ensure that great southern African fiction continues to be published, by making possible new literature that may otherwise not have come about – not because of its merits, but because of the market forces that constrain us all in the book world.
The novel is set over a hundred years ago, and chronicles a tale of migrancy very different to what we have come to expect in African literature. It incorporates myth and ritual, and the stories of extraordinary, ordinary women. What Scatterlings illustrates is that it is possible to write what you know without limiting yourself to your own actual, physical, lived experience.
About the author
Rešoketšwe Manenzhe is a PhD student and lecturer at the University of Cape Town. She is also an engineer who primarily works in the mining sphere. Manenzhe is no stranger to writing. In 2019, she won the Writivism Short Story Prize, and has also had a few of her short stories and poems published in journals such as the Kalahari Review and the Sol Plaatje European Union Anthology.
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