31st January 2019
Who may enter
The Prize is awarded to a short story by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere. ‘An African writer’ is taken to mean someone who was born in Africa, or who is a national of an African country, or who has a parent who is African by birth or nationality.
The Caine Prize for African Writing is a literature prize awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English. Unpublished and self-published work is not eligible for the Caine Prize.
Only fictional work is eligible. Indicative length is between 3000 and 10,000 words and only short stories are eligible.
Works not eligible for entry include stories for children, factual writing, plays, biography, works shorter than 3000 words and unpublished works.
Submissions should be made by publishers only.
There are no entry fees.
There is a cash prize of £10,000 for the winning author and a travel award for each of the short-listed candidates (up to five in all). The shortlisted candidates will also receive a Prize of £500. The winner is also invited to go to three literature festivals in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria.
Please visit http://caineprize.com/ to learn more about the competition.