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Tuesday, September 8, 2015


Deadline: September 11, 2015

Did the deadline for the Arts Journalist Awards pass you by?

“Maybe you were hesitant to submit your work because you write in a language other than English? Well, if you are an arts writer, broadcaster or photographer in traditional media or publishing online, you have been given a reprieve,” say the organisers. “We have judges on the panel to judge all languages, and the deadline for entries has been extended to September 11, 2015.”

The National Arts Festival and Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) are encouraging all journalists working in the arts and culture sector to enter the third annual 2015 South African Arts Journalist of the Year Awards (SAAJAs).

“We have had many exciting entries so far. But know from messages we have received that some people didn’t make the cut-off date”, says Gwen Ansell convener of the judges’ panel. “To draw in the widest possible range of entries, we have decided to extend the date.”

Arts writers working in mainstream, independent or community media may submit as entries portfolios of work or individual items published between January 1, 2014, and 31 July ,2015. Competition categories span news, feature and review work published in either written (print or online), photographic, multimedia or audio formats. “We are seeking a diversity of voices from a diversity of platforms,” says Ansell. “This year, we are particularly keen to see bloggers broadcasters and community arts journalists entering alongside the writers normally showcased on conventional newspaper arts pages.”

You can nominate yourself, but it’s also open to editors, colleagues or readers to nominate an arts writer they admire, and for arts publications to enter their brand. Find full details of how to enter or nominate work for the awards, along with more information about categories and criteria at

Closing date for entries is September 11, 2015. Judging will take place during September and winners will be announced later this year.