The Caine Prize 2019: For African Writing is here knocking at the door. It is an annual literature prize awarded to the writer of African short story published in English. The prize was launched in 2000 to encourage and highlight the richness and diversity of African writing by bringing it to a wider audience internationally. The focus on the short story reflects the contemporary development of the African story-telling tradition.

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  • Cash prize of £10,000 for the winning author and of £500 for the shortlisted candidates ;
  • A travel award for each of the short-listed candidates (up to five in all);
  • Winner will be also invited to go to three literature festivals in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria;
  • Connection with a wider audience;
  • The stories written at Caine Prize workshops are published annually alongside the Prize’s shortlisted stories in the annual Caine Prize Anthology by New Internationalist in the UK and publishers in eight African countries;

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  • Unpublished work is not eligible for the Caine Prize;
  • Submissions should be made by publishers only;
  • Only fictional work is eligible;
  • Only one story per author will be considered in any one year;
  • Submissions should specify which African country the author comes from and the word count;
  • They require 6 copies of the work in its originally published version;
  • If the work is published in a book or journal, they would like to receive at least one copy of the book/journal and five photocopies; but particularly where several stories are submitted from one anthology they would like if possible to receive six copies of the book/journal itself;
  • If the work is published online, they would like to receive six photocopies;
Eligible Regions: African countries

Application Process

Please apply through the Apply Now link.

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Application Deadline: January 31, 2019

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