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Empowering Authors and Enriching South African Literature: ANFASA DSAC Publishing Hub Activates Literary Renaissance

Author: JT Comms
Date: 11 Aug 2023

Calling All Authors: DSAC Publishing Hub's 2023/24 Call for Manuscripts Now Open

The stage is set for a literary revolution as the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) in partnership with Academic and Non-Fiction Authors Association of South Africa (ANFASA) to unveil the eagerly awaited 2023/24 Call for Manuscripts. This momentous announcement marks the vibrant kick-off of the DSAC Publishing Hub initiative, igniting the spark that will illuminate untold stories, celebrate the South African heritage, and empower authors across South Africa.

The DSAC Publishing Hub main purpose is to develop and promote South African literature by supporting authors and revitalizing the publishing industry. As part of this commitment, proficient and passionate authors are invited to submit their manuscripts for consideration. This is a remarkable opportunity for authors to share their unique perspectives, contribute to the literary tapestry of the nation, and take part in shaping the South African literature.

Embracing the Essence of Transformation

At the heart of the DSAC Publishing Hub lies a commitment to amplify South African literature by nurturing authors and reinvigorating the publishing landscape. As part of this commitment, we extend a warm invitation to proficient and passionate authors to contribute their manuscripts for consideration. This call presents an exceptional opportunity for authors to share their distinctive viewpoints, weave threads into the national literary tapestry, and shape the trajectory of South African literature.

Exploring Boundless Narratives

Submissions are open across an array of categories, including novels, poetry and short story anthologies, drama and theatre writing, narrative non-fiction, children's and young adults' books. The initiative warmly welcomes manuscripts that explore novel ideas, address themes of national significance, and mirror the diverse mosaic of South African culture and heritage. Manuscripts penned in official South African languages, including Khoisan languages, are enthusiastically encouraged.

Support for Authors

Successful authors will receive a grant of R25,000.00 for content development and will be paired with experienced publishers to guide them through the publishing process.

Submission Details and Deadline

Interested authors are invited to visit the official ANFASA website at www.anfasa.org.za and the DSAC website at https://www.dsac.gov.za/ for comprehensive submission guidelines and requirements. Manuscripts must be prepared in Microsoft Word format. The submission window for manuscript closes on 8 September 2023, and submissions received after this date will not be considered. Authors are urged to submit early and ensure their entries adhere to all stipulated guidelines.

"We are excited to invite authors to contribute their manuscripts to the DSAC Publishing Hub's Call for Manuscripts," said Prof Ngubane, ANFASA Chairman. "This is a unique chance to be part of an initiative that celebrates the diverse voices of South African authors and showcases the depth of our literary heritage."

Enriching South African Literature: DSAC Publishing Hub Appoints Publishers

DSAC and ANFASA seek to appoint reputable publishers for the production of captivating literary works that will inspire and engage readers across the nation through the DSAC Publishing Hub initiative.

Revitalizing the Publishing Industry

The DSAC Publishing Hub is a groundbreaking endeavor aimed at supporting authors, nurturing local literary talent, and revitalizing the South African publishing industry. In pursuit of these goals, DSAC has partnered with ANFASA to appoint four reputable South African publishers with a demonstrated track record of excellence. These publishers will play an instrumental role in producing five books each from the manuscripts submitted through the Open Call for manuscript submissions.

Scope of the Publishers' Role

The chosen Publishers will be responsible for the successful production, publishing, marketing, and distribution of the successful books. While editing services will be managed separately, publishers will contribute significantly to the realization of the DSAC Publishing Hub’s objective.

Submission Details and Deadline

Interested and qualified publishers are invited to submit their profiles, proposals, and quotations for consideration. Submission details are available on the official ANFASA website at www.anfasa.org.za and the DSAC website at https://www.dsac.gov.za . The deadline for publisher submissions is 17 August 2023, and no late entries will be accepted.

"We are excited to embark on this journey with publishers who share our passion for developing and uplifting South African literature," said Cathrine Lekgoletsi Mokoena Director: Books and Publishing at DSAC. "Their expertise and dedication will contribute to the creation of impactful literary works that reflect the rich diversity of our nation and contribute towards a sustainable economic growth for the industry."

DSAC Publishing Hub: Joining Forces for a Literary Renaissance

Our purpose is resolute: to empower authors, ignite creativity, and ensure our collective stories and cultural heritage find their place on the literary stage. By extending crucial support to authors and publishers alike, the DSAC Publishing Hub aspires to cultivate a thriving literary community and weave a vibrant tapestry of impactful literature, spanning languages that have long yearned for recognition.

Selection Panel Invitation: Proficient and experienced practitioners with expertise in the book value chain, language experts, and published authors are invited to apply to be part of 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 of the Selection Panel is now open, with a closing date of 17 August 2023. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply through the ANFASA website at www.anfasa.org.za and the DSAC website at https://www.dsac.gov.za/

"We are excited about the transformative potential of the DSAC Publishing Hub," Samukelisiwe Mfuphi, National Coordinator at ANFASA. "By bringing together the expertise of the Selection Panel and fostering a supportive environment for authors, we aim to create a literary legacy that resonates with the diversity of our nation."

Submission and Application Details

Interested authors and individuals can find detailed submission guidelines for manuscripts and application requirements for the Selection Panel on the official ANFASA website at www.anfasa.org.za and the DSAC website at https://www.dsac.gov.za/ . Submissions will be accepted until 17 August 2023, and late entries will not be considered.

For media inquiries and further information, contact media@jtcomms.co.za or call (011) 788 7632

Issued by JT Communication Solutions on Behalf of ANFASA - www.anfasa.org.za

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