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Cape Town Writers Take the Glory in Writing Competition

Winner of the 2009 PEN/Studzinski Award, Karen Jayes

Winner of the 2009 PEN/Studzinski Award, Karen Jayes

The PEN/ Studzinski Literary Award which attracted over 800 entrants from 12 African countries was dominated by Capetonians this year, with the locals taking both first and second prize.

The winners for the competition for original short stories in English, was chosen by Nobel Laureate JM Coetzee who reviewed 34 finalists.

First place winner, Karen Jayes won the award for her short story titled “Where he will leave his shoes” which according to Jayes, “is centered around an African man working as a “house- boy” for a wealthy SA women”

The second prize was awarded to Cape Town archaeologist, Andrew Salomon for his story, “A visit to Dr Mamba”

The 34 stories chosen as finalists will be published in a collection of “New writings from Africa” due to be released later this year.

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