Since its inception in 1980, the prestigious Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature has consistently rewarded work of outstanding quality, becoming a trusted brand among both the general book-buying public and the educational sector.

With entries strong across all three language categories, 55 submissions were in English, 46 in Indigenous languages and 33 in Afrikaans.

“There can be few more worthwhile endeavors than enabling young people to read books reflecting their own realities in their own language,” said Eloise Wessels, managing director of Media24 Books, of which NB Publishers and Tafelberg form part. Wessels added that mother tongue stories “play a key role in promoting literacy and a love for books, bringing lifelong rewards.”

Do you have the winning story?

If you’ve still not got your manuscript in, get your entry form today at Time is running out.

The closing date: 5 October 2018.

Read more about the 2017 winners announced earlier this year:

Tafelberg & Sanlam announce the Youth Literature Award winners for 2017!