The call for papers for 2019 closed on the 10th June. We thank all who participated and confirm that the notifications of acceptance/rejections will be finalised by the 24th June 2019. Also important, the early bird discount for registration fee ends on the 28th June.

We further wish to announce that the 2019 Conference is no longer taking place at UNISA campus, the new venue is:

Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History of South Africa. Bosman and Visagie Streets Pretoria Central, Pretoria, 0002

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



Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History of South Africa. Bosman and Visagie Streets Pretoria Central, Pretoria, 0002


Abstract Submission Opens: February 25 2019

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: June 10 2019

Deadline for submission of full papers for accepted abstracts31st October 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

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Mr 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.

BA (Law), Post-Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance, MPhil Commercial Law – in progress

Member of Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa

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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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