Press: Adam and Rosalie Small Award for Debutant/Debutante Writers

November 30, 2016

It is with great excitement that the Distell Foundation announces a script writing competition in called the Adam and Rosalie Small Award for Debutant/Debutante Writers.


The late Adam Small (21/12/1936 – 25/06/2016) is treasured for his works highlighting the oppression of people under apartheid. Against this, in literature, he fought a herculean battle all his writing-life long – all of this now vindicated (also by this deeply appreciated acknowledgement by Distell).


Adam and Rosalie Small Award for Debutant/Debutante Writers initiative is in honour of Adam and Rosalie Small for their contribution to South African literature, philosophy, education, and advocacy against social injustice. The competition will centre on South African themes that support diversity – in language, race, culture, age, gender and sexual orientation – and celebrate and enhance inclusivity and social cohesion.


The winner of the unpublished script, subject to quality, will be offered once-off assistance by Distell to to produce his or her work in the Western Cape.


The top five finalists, selected by the judging panel, will undergo a mentoring process for two months. The mentors will be selected by the Promoters and may also be candidates from the judging panel. The top five finalists will be notified by email by no later than 31 May 2017. There will also be a reading by the finalists of the top five selected scripts after the mentoring process. Thereafter the judging panel will revisit the scripts and a winner will be announced.


Aspiring writers are invited to contact Entries open 25 November 2016 and close on 10 February 2017. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will take place once the winner is announced. For more information visit



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