The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology Vol IV, with poems by various poets, will be published by Jacana this month:
This is the fourth annual Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology, and is a compendium of the poems longlisted for the 2014 Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award.
Every year South African poets, young and old, debut or previously published, are invited to submit up to three of their poetic efforts to the Award, in any of the country’s 11 official languages. The Anthology seeks to publish voices in as many different languages as possible, and be one of the spaces in which these tongues are given equal space and respect. The Anthology is a truly democratic as well as creative effort, in keeping with the spirit of the legendary intellectual giant, Sol Plaatje, the activist, linguist, translator, novelist, journalist and leader.
About the award
The jury comprises of three distinguished South African poets, who are each experts in their language field. Once a shortlist has been created, the presiding judge Dr Mongane Wally Serote decides on the winning poem, in consultation with his judging panel. The winner will be announced at Poetry Africa in October. Poetry Africa is the preeminent local poetry festival, held in Durban annually, and the shortlisted poets are also invited to the festival as guests.
The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award is supported by the European Union.
Source: Jacana Books