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Friday, December 16, 2016


Deadline: February 10, 2017

The Adam and Rosalie Small Award for Debutant/Debutante Writers is in honour of Adam and Rosalie Small for their contribution to South African literature, philosophy, education, and advocacy against social injustice. The Award will centre on South African themes that support diversity – in language, race, culture, age, gender and sexual orientation – and celebrate and enhance inclusivity and social cohesion.

The winner of the unpublished script will be offered once-off assistance by Distell to produce the work in the Western Cape.

The top five finalists, selected by the judging panel, will undergo a mentoring process for two months. The mentors will be selected by the Promoters and may also be candidates from the judging panel. The top five finalists will be notified by telephone by no later than May 31, 2017. There will also be a reading by the finalists of the top five selected scripts after the mentoring process. Thereafter the judging panel will revisit the scripts and a winner will be announced.

Aspiring writers are invited to contact or click for more information.

Entries close on February 10, 2017. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will take place once the winner is announced. For more information refer to the Terms and Conditions.

Adam Small (21/12/1936 – 25/06/2016) is treasured for his works highlighting the oppression of people under apartheid. The late Adam Small was born in Wellington in the Boland, Western Cape, and Rosalie Small on October 12, 1947, in Cape Town. Adam graduated from the University of Cape Town with a degree in Language and Philosophy, going on to receive his MA (cum laude) on the relatedness of the philosophies of Nicolai Hartmann and Friedrich Nietzsche.

Adam and Rosalie Small were known as a dynamic team and have made a formidable contribution to South African literature, education, philosophy, and advocacy against social injustice. They met when Rosalie was enrolled at UWC as a philosophy student in the early 1960s, and they were married in 1969. Rosalie went on to become a teacher in Philosophy, English and History, and obtained a PhD in Education, oriented to Philosophy of Education.

Adam emphasized the absolute importance and significance of individuality for his work and person: his insistence on never marching with “the crowd” – and his firm belief in goodness among people, also our youth.

This information is published on the Arts & Culture Trust’s blog – see