The National Arts Festival and Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) are calling for entries to the South African Arts Journalism Awards. The awards will be presented for the first time in 2013.
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.
Gold and Silver awards will be made in the following categories:
Reviews of theatre, music, visual/plastic arts, dance, literature, film, comedy or any other arts and culture phenomenon.
These may include interviews and profiles, behind-the-scenes stories, arts-related investigative journalism or other forms of arts and culture reportage in any medium.
- Opinion pieces
Comment, analysis and provocation – in any medium – relating to specific artistic disciplines, the arts sector more broadly or arts-related policy and business stories.
Judges will also be considering the following categories when going through the entries, and may decide to make awards in some, all, or none of these categories.
- Best New Voice
- Special Contribution to Arts Journalism
- Best New Media Exponent
- Arts Photography
- Special Merit Award
Winners will be announced during the course of this year’s National Arts Festival and a range of cash prizes will be awarded. Additionally, one journalist will be awarded the opportunity to travel to the vibrant Amsterdam Fringe in September, from where they will report on South African productions being presented at that Festival as part of the World Fringe Alliance showcase.
- The deadline for entries is Friday 8 March 2013
What to include in your entry:
- Those working in Print or Online: One or more article(s) totalling no more than 3000 words. Please indicate which of the three categories (Reviewing, Features, Opinion pieces) you wish the work to be considered in. Articles can be submitted in Word or PDF format. Please include, for each article, the following detail:
- Headline of piece
- Date on which the piece first appeared
- The title of the publication or website in/on which it appeared
- For material which appeared online, please include a screengrab of the published piece with the URL clearly visible.
- Those submitting audio or video: One or more pieces, either a compilation of clips or a single programme/instalment, no longer than 25 minutes in duration. Material should be submitted on DVD or CD. Please indicate which of the three categories (Reviewing, Features, Opinion pieces) you wish the work to be considered in.
- Those submitting photographs: A portfolio of approximately 15 images on DVD or CD.
- All entrants: Please include a brief letter of motivation which provides some background to the work submitted and indicates the context of publication or broadcast of the material submitted
Note that material may only be submitted if it was published or broadcast in the 2012 calendar year. Judges reserve the right to request the entrant to provide proof of publication or broadcast.
Electronic submissions are preferable. Applicants may submit material as an e-mail attachment sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, hard copies may be posted to: National Arts Festival, PO Box 304, Grahamstown, 6140 provided that they are postmarked no later than Friday 8 March 2013.
Finalists will be announced in April in Johannesburg, with Gold and Silver and other category winners announced in June in Grahamstown.
Gold winners in each category will receive a R5000 cash prize, and Silver winners will receive R1000. In addition, one of the Gold winners will be named the overall winner for the year and will receive a trip to Amsterdam to report on the Amsterdam Fringe in September. The trip includes a return economy class flight, a minimum of six nights accommodation, daily allowance and tickets to a variety of shows on the Fringe.