Genres / categories
International, Literary fiction & poetry
Prize money: £10,000
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).
2018: Fanta Blackcurrant by Makena Onjerika
2017: The 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