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Unleash Your Story: DSAC Publishing Hub Seeks Diverse Voices

Neelam Rahim | neelam@radioislam.co.za

4-minute read
06 June 2024 | 17:54 CAT

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South Africa’s literary landscape is on the cusp of a vibrant renaissance! The Department of Sports Arts and Culture (DSAC) Publishing Hub, back for 2024/25, is calling all storytellers to submit their manuscripts for a chance to be published and receive a grant of R25 000 for content development.

Successful authors will be paired with experienced publishers who will guide them through publishing.

The chosen authors will play a pivotal role in the successful production, publishing, marketing, and distribution of literary works. Publishers will contribute significantly to realising the Hub’s objective to illuminate untold stories, celebrate the South African heritage, and empower the books and publishing sector in the country.

This year, as we celebrate 30 years of democracy, the Hub is especially interested in stories that capture the rich tapestry of South African experiences. Unearth hidden gems, explore social issues, or craft captivating novels – endless possibilities!

Academic and Non-Fiction Authors Association of South Africa (ANFASA), in partnership with the Department of Sports Arts and Culture, invites proficient and passionate authors to submit their manuscripts for consideration.

In a discussion with Radio Islam International, Professor Sihawukele Ngubane, Chairperson of ANFASA, said, “We invite manuscripts on the following genres: novels, drama texts, short stories, poetry, and non-fiction, including children’s books, which emerging waters can take advantage of.”

The Hub actively seeks manuscripts in all 11 official languages, including indigenous Khoisan languages.

The DSAC Publishing Hub is a significant development for South African literature. It offers a platform for diverse voices and stories, particularly those previously unheard. This initiative aligns perfectly with the post-election focus on national identity and reconciliation.

“Excited to embark on this journey with authors and publishers who share our passion for developing and uplifting South African literature,” ANFASA stated.

Interested authors are invited to visit the official ANFASA website at www.anfasa.org.za and the DSAC website at www.dsac.gov.za. A comprehensive submission of guidelines and requirements is available on the ANFASA website. The submission window for the manuscript closes on 28 June 2024. Authors are urged to ensure that their entries adhere to all stipulated guidelines.

“This is an important milestone for the democracy of our country and there’s no better way to celebrate it as a sector,” said Prof Ngubane, ANFASA Chairman. “Through literature, we forge the timeless narratives that define the spirit of our nation.”

Selection Panel Invitation: Proficient and experienced practitioners with expertise in the book value chain, language experts, and published authors are invited to apply to join the Selection Panel. The panel’s responsibilities include reviewing manuscripts, providing recommendations, undertaking developmental editing, and offering industry-related advice.

The call for practitioners to apply to be part of the Selection Panel is now open, and the closing date is 14 June 2024. Interested practitioners are encouraged to apply through the ANFASA website at www.anfasa.org.za and the DSAC website at www.dsac.gov.za.

Listen to the full interview on The Daily Round Up with Moulana Junad Kharsany and Professor Sihawukele Ngubane here.

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