The Call for Submissions for 2019 closed on the 30th April. SALA would like to thank all who responded to the call for submissions.

The announcement of the shortlist will be on the 6th September 2019.

The award ceremony will be on the 7th November 2019

Call for Papers: 2019

The 8th (eighth) annual Africa Century International African Writers Conference (ACIAWC) invites papers and panel proposals, interpreting the theme: 

“Africa Writing in Tongues: Towards Social, Political, Heritage and Culture Justice”

Celebrating UNESCO’s International Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019)



7th November 2019



University of South Africa (UNISA), Muckleneuk Campus. Preller Street, Muckleneuk, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa


Abstract Submission Opens: February 25 2019

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: June 10 2019

Deadline for submission of full papers for accepted abstracts: September 23 2019


Main Speaker

Prof Mandla Makhanya

  Principal and Vice Chancellor – University of South Africa



8th International African Writers Day Lecture  



“Africa Writing in Tongues: Towards Social, Political, Heritage and Cultural Justice”  


Muyanga Innocent Ziba 

Previous Post           : Chief Information Officer

Present Posts           : Lecturer in Communication and Journalism, University of

Livingstonia, Malawi

: Editor In Chief, The African Light Magazine


Master of Arts in Communication–, Dublin City University, Ireland (Validated by the South African Qualifications Authority as fit for employment and education)

Bachelor of Journalism-University of Malawi

PhD student University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa- ongoing

Full Profile   |   Abstract

Sandile Tshabalala is a MPhil Commercial Law candidate at the University of Cape Town, a Junior Company Secretary at TMF Group based in Amsterdam, Netherlands , Legal Research in Governance and Strategy for Mazars South Africa.

His expertise is in corporate governance, board governance and company secretarial.



Decolonizing the Boardroom: Articulating African Thought

Leadership in South Africa


Full Profile   |   Abstract

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About the South African Literary Awards

Founded by the wRite associates, in partnership with the National Department of Arts and Culture in 2005, the main aim of the South African Literary Awards is to pay tribute to South African writers who have distinguished themselves as ground-breaking producers and creators of literature, while it celebrates literary excellence in the depiction and sharing of South Africa’s histories, value systems and philosophies and art as inscribed and preserved in all the languages of South Africa, particularly the official languages.

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About wRite associates

Formed in 2000, the wRite associates is a one-stop events & project management company with a particular focus on the arts, culture and heritage realm. South Africa’s and Africa’s literary heritage remains one of the major focus areas for the company.

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