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Thursday, August 7, 2014


Deadline: October 31, 2014

If you are a non-fiction author and currently involved in a writing project, or will be within the next 12 months, you are eligible to apply to the Academic and Non-fiction Authors’ Association of South Africa (ANFASA), a previous ACT grant recipient, for their Grant Scheme for Authors.

The grants are intended to provide a sum of around R20,000 to R25,000 for an author to take leave, for instance, and devote herself or himself to the writing or the preparation of a manuscript, or to travel to undertake research, or participate in a relevant training programme for purposes of completing the manuscript.

The grant is intended for the author’s research and/or writing costs only. It does not cover production costs of the manuscript.

An independent committee will assess the applications and select the most deserving. There are only two criteria for eligibility: membership of ANFASA and the desire to complete the writing of a general non-fiction, educational or academic work for publication in book form.

The committee aims to offer awards to a wide-ranging group of authors and subjects, and the selection process will respect the need to treat authors at novice, intermediate and experienced levels equally; to bear in mind authors writing in rural as well as urban locations; and to consider authors at all educational levels from the untutored to the degreed.

Eligibility extends to authors writing in all the official languages. The committee will give priority to well-detailed proposals with a strong South African theme or topic that has not been largely explored.

The ultimate objective of the scheme is to develop writing and knowledge production in South Africa and to encourage the writing and publishing of high-quality non-fiction works, especially by aspiring authors. The short-term objective is to provide both established and aspiring authors with the means to devote themselves to writing.

The closing date for applications is October 31 and successful applications will be announced in December. To download a form or for more information visit

ANFASA was awarded an ACT Development Grant in 2012 for their workshops.