Unleash Your Story: DSAC Publishing Hub Seeks Diverse Voices to apply to publish your manuscript and you could receive a grant of R25 000

Author: JT Comms
Date: 3 Jun 2024

South Africa's literary landscape is on the cusp of a vibrant renaissance! The DSAC Publishing Hub, back for 2024/25, is calling all storytellers to submit their manuscripts for a chance to be published and receive funding.

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 - the possibilities are endless!

“It's also a chance to reflect on our nation's rich history, diverse cultures, and the journey towards equality. Through literature, we can continue to shape narratives that resonate with the spirit of our nation,” says Dr. Cynthia Khumalo, Acting Director General.

ANFASA in partnership with the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture invites proficient and passionate authors to submit their manuscripts for consideration. This is an exceptional opportunity to contribute to South Africa’s literary landscape, with a chance to receive a grant of R25,000.00 for content development. Successful authors will be paired with experienced publishers who will guide them through the publishing process.

Here's what makes the DSAC Publishing Hub unique:

Uplift Untold Stories in Local Languages: The Hub actively seeks manuscripts in all 11 official languages, including indigenous Khoisan languages. This is your chance to share your story and preserve your heritage!

Empower Authors & Boost the Industry: Selected authors will receive a grant and be paired with experienced publishers, fostering a supportive environment for creative growth.

Celebrate Democracy Through Literature: Commemorate 30 years of freedom by contributing to a national conversation. Reflect on our journey and inspire future generations.

The DSAC Publishing Hub is a significant development for South African literature, offering 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.

We are excited to embark on this journey with authors and publishers who share our passion for developing and uplifting South African literature,” “Their expertise and dedication, coupled with our commitment, will create impactful literary works that reflect the rich diversity of our nation,” add Dr. Cynthia Khumalo, Acting Director General.

Submission Categories:

  • Novels
  • Poetry and Short Story Anthologies
  • Drama Texts
  • Narrative Non-Fiction
  • Children's and Young Adults' Books
  • Manuscripts in any of South Africa's official languages, including Khoisan languages, are enthusiastically encouraged.

Key Dates:

  • Manuscript Submission Deadline: 28 June 2024 (ANFASA website)
  • Publisher Submission Deadline: 14 June 2024 (ANFASA & DSAC websites)
  • Selection Panel Application Deadline: 14 June 2024 (ANFASA & DSAC websites)

For detailed submission guidelines and requirements, visit the ANFASA website at www.anfasa.org.za and the DSAC website at www.dsac.gov.za

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

Issued by JT Communication Solutions on Behalf of Department of Sport, Arts and Culture in collaboration with ANFASA – www.anfasa.org.za

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