Celesté Fritze, Jaco Jacobs and Marita van der Vyver are among the 23 authors from a total of just 200 submissions received for this year.
Fritze has been nominated for First-time Published Author Award for her book Verlorenkop.
Fritze was born in 1959 on a farm in Belfast. She studied languages at the University of Pretoria. From 1981 to 2006 she worked as language practitioner at the City of Tshwane.
Jaco Jacobs, author of Daar is nie ’* krokodil in hierdie boek nie, and Moenie hierdie boek eet nie, as well as Marita van der Vyver impressed the selectors in the Children’s Literature Award. Van der Vyver got the nod for her book Al wat ek Weet. Jacobs is one of the most popular and prolific children’s authors in Afrikaans. He has published more than 150 books.