SPONSORS and PARTNERS

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 


Allaboutwriting offer courses, both online and face-to-face, that promote good writing. They range from creative writing courses, to programmes shaped around the need for clear and persuasive business communications.


BooksLIVE is the leading news source and social network for writing and publishing in southern Africa. Find the book news of the day at bookslive.co.za.


The Nameless Foundation is dedicated to unveiling the creative and critical potential of authors and artists, making their talent and expertise available to organisations that hope to grow by gaining new insight into an ever-changing world. Authors, poets and artists offer unique perspectives by telling stories that bring sprawling processes and developments back to human proportions. The Nameless Foundation is built upon their names, reputation and talent. We are dedicated to making their creative potential available to organisations, not by putting these free spirits in a cage, but by letting them soar and share their vision with you.


Prufrock is South Africa's premier magazine of fine writing, publishing fiction, non-fiction and poetry in all of South Africa's languages. Beautifully designed, Prufrock features emerging and established local artists in the best light.


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.


Zukiswa Wanner is a South African journalist and novelist. Her debut novel, The Madams, was shortlisted for the K. Sello Duiker Award in 2007. Her novel, Men of the South, was shortlisted for the 2011 Commonwealth Writers' Prize. In April 2014 Wanner was named on the Hay Festival's Africa39 list of 39 Sub-Saharan African writers aged under 40 with potential and talent to define trends in African literature. She also won the K. Sello Duiker Prize for her most recent novel London Cape Town Joburg.


I Wrote This For You is an award winning blog and #1 bestselling collection of prose and photography, written by Iain S. Thomas and photographed by Jon Ellis.



The Kitschies celebrate progressive, intelligent and entertaining books that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic.


The Design Group of companies are a turn-key supplier of engineering solutions, mainly to the automotive industry, being able to offer not only process planning and electrical & mechanical design solutions, but also electrical and mechanical manufacture, on-line and off-line robot programming & optimization, as well as complete installation and project management. 


Jurassic London are publishers. Extinction Event, their final anthology after five years of publishing, launches October 2016. 


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.


Generation Africa is a foundation started by the Xenopoulos triplets. It is a vehicle through which they can save money and raise funds to donate to causes around Africa.


Modjaji Books, started in 2007 by Colleen Higgs, is an independent press that publishes the writings of Southern African women.


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.


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.


Rahla Xenopoulos is the author of A Memoir of Love and Madness, a personal account of being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and Bubbles, a novel that imagines the life and death of Jo'burg socialite, Bubbles Schroeder. She lives in Cape Town. 


Electric Book Works develops new and better ways to publish, using common sense, uncommon skill, and open technologies. Its publishing-services team makes beautiful books in print, as ebooks and online.


ProHelvetia, through an agreement with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC),  supports local capacity building and encourages cultural interaction between Southern African countries.


The Swiss Arts Council fosters co-productions or exchanges between Swiss artists and artists from other countries, in particular from countries where Pro Helvetia has a regional office.


Nozizwe Cynthia Jele is a South African novelist. Her novel Happiness is a Four-Letter Word won the 2011 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book, Africa Region and the M-Net film prize at the 2011 M-Net Literary Awards. She grew up in Mpumalanga.


Dianne Stewart is an internationally-published author, journalist, creative writing specialist and mentor.


Mary Watson is the author of Moss (2004) and The Cutting Room (2013). She is from Cape Town but currently lives in Ireland.