Arts Journalism Awards

The National Arts Festival and Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) are calling for entries to the South African Arts Journalism Awards. The awards were presented for the first time in 2013.


An entry into the competition comprises three elements:

(1) The completed application form – which you can download by right-clicking here and saving the PDF to your computer.
(2) a portfolio of work compiled and submitted according to the guidelines below
(3) a letter of motivation as stipulated in the guidelines below

If you are entering by email, please ensure that all three documents are attached to the same email.

The awards will identify excellence, expertise and creativity. In doing so, they will promote the practice of arts and cultural journalism, strengthen its national profile and celebrate its importance, range, diversity, fluidity and vitality.

Competition guidelines and rules for submission

1. Submissions of written work should be in the form of a portfolio of one or more articles totaling no more than 2500 words, or a single long-form piece if entered in the Feature/Long-Form (Text) category. Submissions of audio or video material may be either a compilation of clips, a single programme/installment or an excerpt from such a broadcast, no longer than 20 minutes in duration, or a single documentary feature of no more than 30 minutes if entered in the Feature/Long form (Audio/Video) category. The presenter, the producer, sound/visual editor and other members of the production team should be clearly indicated. Photographic entries should be limited to a portfolio of 10 images.

2. A portfolio of written work, audio/video material or photographs will constitute one entry. Individuals may submit a maximum of two such entries to the competition if they wish to enter in two categories (see 3. below). Each entry should be accompanied by a brief letter of motivation in which the entrant provides some background to his/her work and indicates the context of publication or broadcast of the material submitted: date, time (if applicable), title, publication / station / channel / website.

3. Each entry must specify one of the following categories:

- News stories / investigative journalism

- Feature / long-form / documentary / colour / opinion pieces

- Reviews of artistic content (theatre, film, visual art, music, books, dance, performance art, sound art etc.)

- Photography (photographs published for the purposes of telling or accompanying an arts story).

4. The deadline for entries is Friday 28 March 2014. Electronic submissions are preferable. Applicants may submit material as an email attachment sent to:

Alternatively, hard copies may be posted to: National Arts Festival, PO Box 304, Grahamstown, 6140 provided that they are postmarked no later than Friday 28 March 2014.

5. Material may only be submitted if it was published or broadcast in the 2013 calendar year. Judges reserve the right to request the entrant to provide proof of publication or broadcast. The judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.