The Academic and Non-Fiction Authors' Association of South Africa (ANFASA) is planning to launch grants scheme for authors of academic, educational and general non-fiction works.
According to a media statement, ANFASA will make up to ten awards of R25 000 each to winning authors, allowing them to take leave from their jobs to research, write or prepare non-fiction manuscripts for publication.
This sounds like a really good deal, especially for beginning writers like myself who are unlikely to get a decent advance for a non-fiction book. (assuming you even manage to get any at all from a South African publisher.) My mind is spinning at the idea of actually having the resources to do proper research on one of my non-fiction book projects.
Anyway, the association says an independent grants committee will be set up to determine criteria and select the successful candidates. At this point, however, the only criterion that has been set is that applicants for awards should be members of ANFASA.