Announcement of Winner: New Contrast 2016 New Voices Mentorship Competition

New Contrast is pleased to announce the winner of the New Contrast 2016 Award for Emerging Writers and/or Poets, José Claassen. José is a Johannesburg based poet and was a top ten finalist in SABC 2’s Lentswe Poetry Project competition in 2006. He studied Communication Science with Unisa and later read for an MA in Creative Writing at Rhodes University.

We congratulate José who will now be embarking on a three month mentorship programme with the poet, playwright and academic Kobus Moolman, commencing 1 December 2016 and we hope to bring you work produced as a result of this collaboration in 2017.

Kobus Moolman has published seven individual collections of poetry: Time Like Stone (University of Natal Press, 2000); Feet of the Sky (Brevitas, 2004); Separating the Seas (University of Kwazulu-Natal Press, 2007); the illustrated chapbook Anatomy (Caversham Press, 2008); Light and After (Deep South, 2010); Left Over (Dye Hard Press, 2013) and A Book of Rooms (Deep South, 2014). He has also published two collections of plays, as well as editing the journal Fidelities from 1995 until 2007, and the anthology Tilling the Hard Soil (UKZN Press, 2010), containing poetry, prose and art by South African writers living with disabilities. His collection of short fiction, The Swimming Lesson, is due out from UKZN Press in 2017. He has received several awards, including the Ingrid Jonker Prize for a debut collection of poetry, Time Like Stone (2002), the South African Literary Award for Poetry for Separating the Seas (2010), the Inglis House Poetry Contest, Philadelphia, USA (2011), the Sol Plaatjie European Union poetry award (2013) and the 2015 Glenna Luschei Award for African Poetry for A Book of Rooms. He was Mellon Writer in residence at Rhodes University during 2013. In 2015, he edited a special issue of the journal Current Writing dedicated to the teaching of creative writing in South Africa. At present, he is Associate Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town.

We have two honourable mentions, Jan Moran Neil and Melissa Wentzel, both of whom we congratulate. We take this opportunity to thank all those writers who took the time and energy to enter the competition and for the array of diverse and interesting submissions.

Look out for the December Rising Stars edition of New Contrast, which will feature the winning poetry!



In this issue:

Notes from the editors

Many Tongues


Sindiwe Magona, in conversation with Antjie Krog.



Musical Score


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