Press release: Call for entries – City Press-Tafelberg Nonfiction Award

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The City Press-Tafelberg Nonfiction Award is now open for entries.

New and established writers are invited to submit proposals for the City Press-Tafelberg Nonfiction Award, South Africa’s largest award for the development of nonfiction manuscripts for publication. The award is made every two years, with a prize of R120 000.

The winning manuscript will be published by Tafelberg, an imprint of NB Publishers, a leading publishing house in South Africa, in partnership with prominent weekly newspaper City Press.

With the award, we seek to encourage the nonfiction that interprets and portrays South African realities in a ground-breaking, refreshing, thought-provoking way. The aim is to fund the research and writing of an original work of nonfiction on a subject of importance in the South African context, irrespective of genre. The award is for English manuscripts only.

Previous winners of the City Press-Tafelberg Nonfiction Award include Democracy and delusion by Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Gang Town by Don Pinnock and Postmortem: The doctor who walked away by Maria Phalime.

The closing date for entries is 31 July 2018.

The criteria for submissions/entries are:

  • Relevance: The book should add to our understanding of South African society, history and/or politics.
  • Independence: The author must be unafraid to investigate sensitive or difficult issues.
  • Credibility: Research and information should be of an impeccable standard.
  • Readability: The book should be accessible, with quality writing.

Your submission should please include the following:

  • One page motivation on the relevance of the proposed book.
  • Draft table of contents.
  • One or more chapters, but a minimum of 4 000 words.
  • Your Author CV.

Proposals must be submitted electronically. To download an entry form, go to

"The City Press-Tafelberg Nonfiction Award is the preeminent opportunity in nonfiction writing in South Africa. I would encourage any author serious about pursuing a future work to apply." – Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh

"City Press and Tafelberg want to support South African voices – the fresh, informative, provocative, insightful. I hope anyone who wants to take their chance to speak will submit an entry." – Kristin Paremoer

For more information contact:

Kristin Paremoer
Tafelberg Nonfiction
021 406 3393

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