To give recognition for outstanding and/or influential books written by staff members of the university. The award may be made to one single or multiple authored books. Fiction books as well as publications in electronic form will be considered alongside academic books of whatever category, including manuals and works of popularisation. No restriction is placed on the language or codes in which the book is written. Generally, one award is made in any one year, and no award will be made if no book of sufficient merit is nominated.
Meritorious Book Prizes are supplementary to the Book Award and recognise the following:
books in specialised fields that merit recognition for their contribution
promising first-time books by authors who deserve special recognition and support.
The Book Award carries a purse of R 30 000; up to two Meritorious Book Prizes of R15 000 each may be awarded.
To be considered for the UCT Book Award and/ or the Meritorious Book Prize:
the book must have been written by (a) staff member(s)s of UCT
the book must have been published within the last five years
most of the work should have been done during the author(s) employ at UCT
in the case of multi-authored works, the UCT author(s) should have made the most significant contribution to the work; evidence of this should be supplied with the nomination.
Nominators must be staff members of UCT and may nominate their own work. Nominations need not be endorsed by authors whose work is nominated. Books previously nominated (except winners) may be re-nominated.
Each nomination must be seconded and should include the following:
a letter of nomination stating why the nominator(s) feels that the book should be considered for the award
a copy of the book
at least three independent, substantive, published scholarly reviews. For works of fiction, reviews by literary critics and nominations for prestigious literary awards or prizes will be considered.
Completed nominations must be submitted to the Research Support Services Cluster, Research Office, 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before the deadline. The Book Award is presented at the June graduation.
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