Caine Prize

Key facts

Genres / categories

International, Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £10,000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 08/07/2019

The Caine Prize for African Writing is a literature prize awarded to an African writer of a 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.

The winner of this year’s £10,000 prize will be announced at an award ceremony and dinner in the Beveridge Hall at Senate House, SOAS, on Monday 8 July 2019 – in partnership with SOAS, University of London. Each shortlisted writer will also receive £500.

8th July: Lesley Nneka Arimah wins 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing

The shortlisted writers for the 2019 Caine Prize were:

  • Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria) for ‘Skinned’, published in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Issue 53 (2018).

  • Meron Hadero (Ethiopia) for ‘The Wall’, published in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Issue 52 (2018).

  • Cherrie Kandie (Kenya) for ‘Sew My Mouth’, published in ID Identity: New Short Fiction From Africa (2018).

  • Ngwah-Mbo Nana Nkweti (Cameroon) for ‘It Takes A Village Some Say’, published in The Baffler (2017).

  • Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor (Nigeria) for ‘All Our Lives’, published in ID Identity: New Short Fiction From Africa (2018).

 

Previous winners:

2018: Fanta Blackcurrant by Makena Onjerika
2017The Story of the Girl whose Birds Flew Away by Bushra Al-Fadil, translated by Max Shmookkler.
2016: Memories we Lost by Lidudumalingani
2015: The Sack by Namwali Serpell