The Caine Prize for African Writing is Now Open for 2014 Entries

Memory-this-Size-CoverApplications for the 2014 Caine Prize are now open. For the first time the Caine Prize will award £500 to each shortlisted writer.  Dr Lizzy Attree, the Prize’s Administrator stated that “this latest development reflects the Caine Prize’s commitment to recognising the skills and artistry required to produce great fiction and rewarding writers appropriately for their work.” Every shortlisted story will also be published in the annual Caine Prize anthology alongside twelve stories written at the annual workshop held in Africa.

The Caine Prize for African Writing is an annual literary award set up to discover the best original short story by an African writer, whether in Africa or elsewhere, published in the English language.

Two notable authors have already won the covered prize. NoViolet Bulawayo won in 2011 and Tope Folarin was announced as this years in July. Tope proved another worthy winner with his short story entitled ‘Miracle’, which will form part of his forthcoming novel ‘The Proximity of Distance’.


The fifteenth winner of the £10,000 Caine Prize will receive their award at a dinner in the Bodleian Library in Oxford on 14 July 2014 and be given the opportunity to take up a month’s residence at Georgetown University, as a Writer-in-Residence at the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice. They will also be invited to take part in the Open Book Festival in Cape Town in September.


For full details of the rules and application process please visit the Rules page.

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