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Announcing the Launch of the 2008 Citizen Book Prize

Home Affairs2007 saw the launch of the first ever book prize in South Africa to be voted for by the reading public: the Citizen Book Prize, sponsored by The Citizen newspaper in association with 30 Degrees South Publishers.

The response to the competition far exceeded our expectations for its inaugural year and the decision to turn it into an annual event was therefore an easy one. The synopses we received were as diverse as the authors submitting them, with a fascinating array of plots, settings, genres, styles and storylines. However, the winning title, Home Affairs, by Bree O’Mara had an overwhelmingly clear majority win.

“I laughed out loud, often and as long as I read my way through this cleverly constructed silliness, enjoying it thoroughly.”
—Alan Swerdlow

The launch of the 2008 Citizen Book Prize and of Home Affairs took place earlier this week, on February 19th at Fascination Books in the new Cedar Square centre in Fourways. It was attended by a number of people from the media, family and friends of the author, and the general public. It was a very well run affair, with the Fascination Books staff professional, courteous and friendly at all times.

The 2008 competition was launched by CitiVibe editor, Bruce Dennill. Details on this year’s competition will appear shortly in Thursday editions of CitiVibe, The Citizen’s leisure and entertainment section.

Entries close on the 30th of April 2008. All budding authors are called to put together a synopsis of their manuscript and to send it into 30° South Publishers as soon as possible. Address details can be found on our homepage.

Then, each Thursday for 10 weeks starting in May, CitiVibe will publish one 500-word synopsis from a shortlist. The reading public can then vote for it. Voting for each entry will only be open for one week starting on the Thursday it is featured in the paper. This allows the same amount of voting time and exposure for each author and encourages the public to actively participate in the competition on a week-by-week basis. The voting is done on a grading system. At the end of the 10 weeks, the votes are tallied and the winner announced.

The winner receives: R10,000 cash courtesy of The Citizen; A writing course to the value of R4,500 courtesy of The Write Co; Their manuscript will be published by 30° South Publishers in time for Christmas 2008 – and the book will also be submitted for the 2009 Exclusive Books Homebru promotion.

Good luck to all those potential authors out there, we look forward to receiving your synopsis!


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