Persvrystelling | Press release: 23 Skrywers in US Woordfeeskortverhaalbundel 2022 | 23 writers in the SU Woordfees 2022 Short Story Anthology

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Persvrystelling: Hierdie skrywers het die US Woordfeeskortverhaalbundel 2022 gehaal

Drie-en-twintig verhale is gekies vir publikasie in die nuwe US Woordfeeskortverhaalbundel. Dié kortverhaalbundel, wat sedert 2016 jaarliks gepubliseer word, se titel is altyd dieselfde as die feestema, maar omdat die feesdatums vir 2022 as gevolg van die Covid-pandemie nog nie gefinaliseer is nie, sal die feestema, en daarmee ook die titel van die bundel, eers volgende jaar bekend gemaak word.

Die wenner, wat by die bundelbekendstelling gedurende die 2022-fees aangekondig sal word, wen R30 000 geborg deur Du Toitskloof Wyne. Elke ander skrywer wat in dié bundel opgeneem word, ontvang prysgeld van R5 000.

“Sewe jaar ná die kompetisie ingestel is, bly dit nog steeds vir die beoordelaarspan soos ’n verrassingspakkie om te sien waarmee die skrywers vorendag gekom het. En vanjaar se oes het weer eens nie teleurgestel nie. Dis ook die eerste jaar waar daar beduidend meer nuwe stemme is wat die bundel gehaal het as dié wat reeds voorheen opgeneem is: veertien teenoor nege. Baie geluk aan een en almal van julle!” sê Suzette Kotzé-Myburgh, wat sedert 2016 die sameroeper van die beoordelaarspaneel is.

Die ander twee beoordelaars was Valda Jansen en Marius Swart.

Saartjie Botha, direkteur van die Toyota US Woordfees, is opgewonde oor die volgehoue belangstelling in die feesbundel: “Ons het vanjaar 366 inskrywings ontvang – die meeste tot nog toe. Dis bemoedigend dat skrywers steeds skep in ‘n tyd waar dit met die kunste swaar gaan. ’n Mens besef opnuut dat die US Woordfeeskortverhaalbundel ’n warm en kosbare uitnodiging tot verdere nadenke en gesprek is. Ons sien uit daarna om hierdie skrywers by die volgende Woordfees te verwelkom. Ons hoop om binnekort ons feesplanne vir 2022 bekend te maak.”

Ed Beukes, woordvoerder van Du Toitskloof Wyne, sê stories is veral belangrik in uitdagende tye: “Nuwe stories bly relevant – veral in die vreemde en uitgerekte Covid-19-era waarin ons onsself steeds bevind. Nuwe stories bied nie net ontsnapping of inspirasie vir lesers nie, maar konfronteer ons ook met die harde werklikhede wat ons soms laat koes of ons kies om te ignoreer. Daarom met oop hart, oop kop (en dalk ook oop bottel) vir die woorde wat soms moeilik is om af te sluk, sien ons vreeslik baie uit na al die nuwe stories wat opnuut die gesprekke om die tafel sal laat opflikker, persepsies gaan uitdaag en ons ook tot nuwe insigte kan lei.”

Die lys van skrywers wat in die 2022 US Woordfees Kortverhaalbundel opgeneem word, in alfabetiese volgorde, is:

  1. Antoinette Diedericks
  2. Ryno Eksteen
  3. Ilne Fourie
  4. Sidney Gilroy
  5. Donovan Greeff
  6. Helena Gunter
  7. Cudi Harmse
  8. Louis Jansen van Vuuren
  9. Lynthia Julius
  10. Keith Lewis
  11. Cecilia Lombard
  12. Hannes Loubser
  13. Michèle Meyer
  14. Cliffordene Norton
  15. Ryan Pedro
  16. Ilse Schoonwinkel Pauw
  17. Deborah Steinmair
  18. Douw Steyn
  19. Marie Toerien
  20. Nadia van Zyl
  21. Dineke Volschenk
  22. Madeleen Welman
  23. Lloyd Zandberg

Vir meer inligting oor die US Woordfeeskortverhaalbundel, sien: https://www.woordfees.co.za/woordfeeskortverhaalbundel/

Die feesdatums vir die 2022 Toyota US Woordfees sal in Januarie aangekondig word.


Press Release: These are the writers that made it into the SU Woordfees 2022 Short Story Anthology

Twenty-three stories were chosen for publication in the new SU Woordfees Short Story Anthology. This collection, which has been published annually since 2016, usually carries the same title as the festival theme. However, since the festival dates for 2022 are still uncertain as a result of the pandemic, both the festival theme and the title of the collection will only be announced next year.

The winner will be announced during the 2022 festival and will walk away with a prize of R30 000 sponsored by Du Toitskloof Wines. All other writers included in this collection will receive a prize of R5 000.

“It has been seven years since this competition started, and the judges still find it a lovely surprise to see what writers present each year. And, once again, we were not disappointed. This is also the first year in which the number of new voices significantly outnumbered the more established writers:  fourteen vs nine. Congratulations to everyone!” commented Suzette Kotze Myburgh, who since 2016 has been the convenor of the selection panel. 

The other two panel members are Valda Jansen and Marius Swart.

Saartjie Botha, director of the Toyota SU Woordfees, is excited about the sustained interest that this festival collection generates: “We received 366 submissions this year – the highest number yet. It is encouraging that writers are still creating in a time when the arts are struggling. It reminds us once again that the SU Woordfees Short Story Anthology is a warm and invaluable invitation to further engagement. We are looking forward to welcoming these writers at the next Woordfees. We hope to announce our festival plans for 2022 shortly.”

Ed Beukes, spokesperson for Du Toitskloof Wines, says that stories have special importance in challenging times: “New stories remain relevant – particularly in the strange and extended Covid-19 era in which we find ourselves. New stories do not only provide an escape or serve as inspiration for readers, but also allow us to confront the hard reality that we sometimes try to avoid or choose to ignore. Therefore, it is with open hearts and minds (and perhaps an open bottle) that we embrace these stories and the truths that they bring, even though they may not always be easy to swallow. We are looking forward to all the new stories, the sparkling discussions that they will generate, the perceptions that they will challenge and the new insights to which they will lead us.”

The writers included in the 2022 SU Woordfees Short Story Anthology are – in alphabetical order:

  1. Antoinette Diedericks
  2. Ryno Eksteen
  3. Ilne Fourie
  4. Sidney Gilroy
  5. Donovan Greeff
  6. Helena Gunter
  7. Cudi Harmse
  8. Louis Jansen van Vuuren
  9. Lynthia Julius
  10. Keith Lewis
  11. Cecilia Lombard
  12. Hannes Loubser
  13. Michèle Meyer
  14. Cliffordene Norton
  15. Ryan Pedro
  16. Ilse Schoonwinkel Pauw
  17. Deborah Steinmair
  18. Douw Steyn
  19. Marie Toerien
  20. Nadia van Zyl
  21. Dineke Volschenk
  22. Madeleen Welman
  23. Lloyd Zandberg

The festival dates for the 2022 Toyota SU Woordfees will be announced in January.

 

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