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Enter the 2011 Citizen Book Prize: Submit Your Masterpiece and Win R10 000

Enter the 2011 Citizen Book Prize

It’s time for the annual Citizen Book Prize! Read about how to enter this year’s competition here:

The Citizen newspaper is offering you the chance to submit a work of carefully crafted fiction or non-fiction, to be submitted and typed electronically (no handwritten manuscripts will be accepted), by 30 June 2011.

What to submit

  • A synopsis of your work of no more than 500 words. The public will vote for a shortlist of synopses, which will cut from an initial longlist. Shortlisted synopses will be published in CitiVibe and here on the Pan Macmillan blog at Books LIVE. Synopses will thus be crucial to proceeding in this competition: make sure yours is snazzy and tight!
  • Three selected chapters of your masterpiece. These may be in chronological order, or selected, jumbled chapters. Note that synopses submissions will not be valid unless they are accompanied by three selected chapters.
  • A simple covering letter. A brief letter/email should accompany your submission. Please keep this concise, with a few brief lines, a paragraph at most motivating your submission and including your contact details.

Please note that poorly presented entries are difficult to process, so adhere closely to the above guidelines. Your entry will be disregarded if it doesn’t make sense.


A long list of 20 sumbissions will be drawn up by a panel of judges from CitiVibe and Macmillan South Africa. The 500-word synopses of each of these submissions will then be published in CitiVibe and on Books LIVE, with a reader’s poll on Books LIVE to determine the top ten books from the long list. The shortlist will then be re-submitted to the judges, who will then decide on the winning title.

How to submit

By email to:

Hard copies should be posted to: The Citizen Book Prize, Publishing Department, Pan Macmillan, Private Bag X19, Northlands, 2116. No hard copues delivered to Pan Macmillan’s offices will be accepted.


Submissoins will be accepted until June 30. Authors may submit as many manuscripts as they like.


The winner of the 2011 Citizen Book Prize will receive R10 000 in cash from The Citizen, as well as ongoing publicity in CitiVibe: interviews, reviews, updates, etc. In addition, the winner will have the manuscript published and marketed by Macmillan, provided it is up to the standard demanded by the publisher. Please note: winning does no guarantee publication. If Macmillan makes the decision not to publish the winning manuscript, they will undertake to sponsor a writing course worth R5 000 for the author concerned.

We look forward to receiving your entries!


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