We would not be able to continue our work without our generous sponsors. Official SSDA sponsors receive an anthology, an acknowledgement in the anthology, their logo on our front page, their logo below, our endless gratitude, and the great feeling of knowing they're supporting literature in Africa. You can become an SSDA sponsor by donating here.

The Miles Morland Foundation is a UK charity which makes grants in areas reflecting its founder’s interests. The Foundation’s main aim is to support entities in Africa which allow Africans to get their voices better heard. It is particularly interested in supporting African writing and African literature. Over the past two years it has supported literary festivals and cultural initiatives across Africa; London’s Film Africa festival, the Caine Prize for African Writing, several African educational initiatives and the new Rhodes scholarships for Africans.
     The Foundation runs a yearly African writing scholarship scheme, which aims to give three fiction writers and one non-fiction writer the financial freedom to complete an English-language book. Details of the scheme and how to apply for it can be found at www.milesmorlandfoundation.com 

Sarah Lotz is a screenwriter and pulp fiction novelist. Among other things, she writes horror novels under the name SL Grey with author Louis Greenberg and a YA zombie series with her daughter, Savannah, under the name Lily Herne. She lives in Cape Town. Her novel, The Three, is published by Hodderscape.

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Lauren Beukes is the award-winning author of The Shining Girls, Zoo City, Moxyland and Broken Monsters. She would like to encourage you to buy books by African authors, not because you’re “supporting” them, but because they’re good.


The Beit Trust was established in 1906 by the Will of Alfred Beit, a financier and director of the British South Africa Company. He had many interests, including the development of the railway system in what was then Rhodesia.

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. We convey a comprehensive picture of Germany by providing information on Germany’s cultural, social and political life. There are currently 15 Goethe-Institutes in Sub-Saharan Africa and two liaison offices.
    Our Library and Information Department works in partnership with libraries and other institutions involved in book and reading promotion in Sub-Saharan Africa. Furthermore, we encourage exchanges between information specialists and publishers in sub-Saharan Africa and Germany. Our library offers a broad variety of information and media on Germany. Our eLibrary Onleihe – a service free of charge in all of Sub-Sahara Africa - is the virtual library of the Goethe-Institut.

Worldreader’s mission is to create a future where every person will have access to the books they want and need in order to become more literate and realize their dreams. We work with hundreds of publishers to bring thousands of digital books and stories to children and adults using e-readers and mobile phones.

Helen Moffett is a freelance academic, writer and editor. She is the author of the poetry collections, Strange Fruit, published by Modjaji Books, and Prunings, published by uHlanga. She is also one third of the erotic writing sensation, Helena S. Paige.


Iain S. Thomas is the #1 international bestselling creator and author of numerous books of poetry and other creative projects, including the pioneering popular poetry work I Wrote This For You which began on the blog of the same name in 2007. He currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa with his family. His latest book, Every Word You Cannot Say*, is available at good book shops all over the world. 

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Jayne Bauling writes fiction, and her short stories have been published in a number of print and online anthologies and literary journals. She has twice been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.


Nicola Smuts Allsop was born in South Africa and now lives in the UK, where she is a respected fertility astrologer and the author of Fertility Astrology: A Modern Medieval Textbook. She has a diploma in medieval astrology and a MA from Canterbury Christ Church University. She herself has undergone fertility treatment, and she lectures internationally on her pioneering work alongside medical personnel in the field of IVF and fertility interventions.