Academic and Non-Fiction Authors’ Association of South Africa

Welcome to ANFASA

ANFASA recognises that authors have the potential to influence society for the better, as expressed in the United Nations development goals of campaigning to end poverty, protecting the environment and promoting peace and prosperity. Authors played a significant role in the South African struggle for democracy and showed that authors can have power.

ANFASA's overriding objective is to strengthen the voice of authors in the service of a democratic and egalitarian society

Important News

STOP PRESS | PRESIDENT REFERS COPYRIGHT AMENDMENT BILL BACK TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

STOP PRESS 16 June 2020 PRESIDENT REFERS COPYRIGHT AMENDMENT BILL BACK TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ANFASA is…

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Important Letter to Authors

Dear Authors Last year there was much debate about the Copyright Amendment Bill (CAB) which had set…

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Call For Applications ANFASA Grant
Scheme For Authors

You could be the recipient of a grant of up to R30000 to write that very important academic or non-fiction work.

Closing Date 31 July 2020

Empowering Authors

ANFASA was formed as a national association especially for authors of general non-fiction works, textbooks and academic works, but it also welcomes authors of fictional works as members. Many non-fiction authors write fiction as well, and vice versa. Even more importantly, ANFASA’s programmes, and its objectives, apply broadly to all authors. ANFASA is dedicated to defending their intellectual property rights, to promoting their works and to sharing information and offering advice and expertise on writing and publishing. We call this empowering authors, and we are dedicated to this objective.

Educating Authors

In the 16 years since it was launched, ANFASA has, among other activities, held workshops on topics such as copyright and contracts and self-publishing; has run a course on biography writing; has organised conferences; has awarded writing grants to over a hundred authors; has advised many authors by e-mail on their publishing contracts; and has lobbied for copyright legislation favourable to authors.

Our Vision

ANFASA’s vision is to be a member-driven association to uphold and enhance the profile and status of authors in South Africa, through advocating for the recognition of their works and protection of their rights, in collaboration and cooperation with other stakeholders in the book value chain such as publishers, booksellers and libraries.

Articles and Opinions

Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies

The Contents Pages below list selected articles published in Critical Arts on the topics of authorship and…

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#Publishingpaidme

The #Blacklivesmatter movement in the UK has sparked an intriguing and seemingly overdue examination into the disparity…

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INDETERMINACY, INDIGENEITY, PEER REVIEW AND THE MIND–BODY PROBLEM

BACKGROUND Declining funding over the past decade for tertiary education in South Africa resulted in tens of…

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The Power of books and their Censorship in South Africa

When I was a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) during the late 1970s, De…

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Perverse Incentives and the Political Economy of South African Academic Journal Publishing

Amongst the items usually under discussion in academia are peer review and the alleged unreasonable profits made…

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‘Twelve Years Later: Second ASSAf report on Research Publishing in and from South Africa (2018)’: Some issues arising

Responding to the extraordinary challenges facing publication in the digital age is the holistic view taken by…

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