Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards Celebrating Namibian literature.

The Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards are awarded every two years to celebrate the works of four Namibian literary artists—two writers (fiction and nonfiction), a poet, and a visual artist—published in Doek! Literary Magazine (Doek!). The awards seek to bring a wider Namibian and international audience to the selected works, writers, poets, and visual artists.

Bank Windhoek, the official sponsor of the Awards, has always been a prominent and active supporter of Namibian art and artists. These literary awards are an important milestone in the country’s young democracy and it could not have been reached without Bank Windhoek’s generous support and continued commitment to Namibians and Namibia.

Bank Windhoek, a member of the Capricorn Group, is the official sponsor of the Doek Literary Awards.


Each winning literary artist is awarded NAD5000 in cash sponsored by Bank Windhoek.

The winners are also presented with a unique trophy commissioned from a Namibian artist.

All longlisted, shortlisted, and winning literary artists are provided with unique opportunities within their particular fields of creation. Such perquisites may include book prizes, further publication in select anthologies, offers of representation, appearances at literary festivals, participation in creative workshops, access to mentorship programs, exhibitions in local, national, and international galleries, and art residencies in Namibia and abroad.


Three judges are appointed from experienced members of the Namibian or international literary scene practising within the fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art fields.

Two judges are appointed to select the shortlist and the winner of the fiction, nonfiction, and poetry categories. One judge is appointed for the visual arts.

Two artists are commissioned each year to create the concept and special trophies that are awarded to the winners of the Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards.

2021 Judges 2021 Commissioned Artists


The following rules govern the inaugural edition of the Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards:

  • Only Namibian literary artists published in Doek! are eligible for consideration in their respective categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art.
  • Successful publication in Doek! is the only entry requirement. Doek!’s submission guidelines and portal are available on its Submission’s page.
  • All Namibian writers, poets, and visual artists published in the selected issues are eligible for consideration for the Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards in 2021:
    • Issue 1: A Story Happened Here (August, 2019)
    • Issue 2: Stories Find Stories (February, 2020)
    • Issue 3: Stories From A Small Place (July, 2020)
    • Issue 4: Worlds Beyond This One (November, 2020)
    • Issue 5: Start/Continue (March, 2021)
    • Issue 6, forthcoming in July, 2021.
  • Only one entry is permitted per writer, poet, or visual artist. Literary artists with more than one publication in Doek! will be requested to choose one of their works for the judges’ consideration.
  • Commissioned illustrators are eligible for consideration in the visual arts category. Their respective commissions are assessed as one entry.
  • A shortlist of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art entries shall be produced by the judges. Each category can have a maximum of three (3) entries.
  • The judges’ decisions are final and not subject to appeal.
  • In the event a Doek! contributor is appointed as a judge, their publications are not eligible for consideration in that year’s prize cycle.
  • Doek’s patron, trustees, and Doek!’s editors are not eligible for consideration regardless of their previous publication in the magazine.
  • A longlist of eligible literary artists under consideration will be published on 31 July 2021.


The winners will be announced at a special gala dinner hosted in November 2021. More details about this event will be made available later.


  • 02 August 2021: announcement of the the Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards’ concept and design.
  • 01 September 2021: announcement of the shortlists.
  • November 2021: The Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards gala dinner (date and venue to be announced later).

Cover Image: Sandwich Harbour, Namibia.
© Sergi Ferrete.