The Caine Prize for African Writing is perhaps one of the most anticipated and side-eyed book prize in Afrika. Whatever you think about which stories are awarded or whether there really is a thing such as a “Caine Prize” aesthetic, one can’t help but celebrate when an author gets some recognition.
This year’s Caine Prize short list has just been announced.
The 2014 shortlist comprises:
- Diane Awerbuck (South Africa) “Phosphorescence” in Cabin Fever (Umuzi, Cape Town. 2011)
- Efemia Chela (Ghana/Zambia) “Chicken” in Feast, Famine and Potluck (Short Story Day Africa, South Africa. 2013)
- Tendai Huchu (Zimbabwe) “The Intervention” in Open Road Review, issue 7, New Delhi. 2013
- Billy Kahora (Kenya) “The Gorilla’s Apprentice” in Granta (London. 2010)
- Okwiri Oduor (Kenya) “My Father’s Head” in Feast, Famine and Potluck (Short Story Day Africa, South Africa. 2013)
To read these stories and the author bios visit the Caine Prize website
Congratulations to these storytellers, we look forward to hearing which story wins. The winner of the £10,000 prize is to be announced at a celebratory dinner at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, on Monday 14 July.