The deadline for entry into the National Arts Festival/BASA Arts Journalism Awards has been extended to 10 October 2016 at 17h00.

Submissions are invited from media and freelancers across all genres of work that reports and reflects on the arts. Any piece of published or broadcast work that covers the arts sector – either as a news, review, photographic essay or a feature piece – is eligible, even if the work was not carried in “traditional” arts sections.

A panel of judges, which has been convened by radio journalist John Maytham, will review all the work and select the winners across a range of categories. One overall “Arts Journalist of the Year” will be named and the recipient will receive a cash prize. Last year’s overall winner was Lwandile Fikeni. The awards will be announced in November 2016.

Winners will also enjoy a boost to their CV and the recognition of their peers. The awards were designed to highlight media within the South African landscape who are engaging with the arts in critical and ground-breaking new ways. Organisers maintain that the media play a vital role in stimulating the work of artists by becoming both a mouthpiece and sounding board for their work.

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