The 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced. Each shortlisted writer receives £500 and the winner of the £10,000 prize will be announced at an award ceremony and dinner at the Weston Library, Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, on Monday 6 July.
Segun Afolabi is on the list. Segun is a Nigerian novelist and short story writer who had won the 2005 Caine Prize for the story “Monday Morning”. Monday Morning was first published in Wasafiri, issue 41, spring 2004. Segun has been shortlisted for the 16th Caine Prize award alongside Nigerian satirist Elnathan John.
The 2015 shortlist comprises:
Segun Afolabi (Nigeria) for “The Folded Leaf” in Wasafiri (Wasafiri, London, 2014)
Caine Prize winner 2005 for “Monday Morning”
“The Folded Leaf”
Elnathan John (Nigeria) for “Flying” in Per Contra (Per Contra, International, 2014)
Shortlisted in 2013 for “Bayan Layi”
F. T. Kola (South Africa) for “A Party for the Colonel” in One Story (One Story, inc. Brooklyn, New York City, 2014)
“A Party for the Colonel”
Masande Ntshanga (South Africa) for “Space” in Twenty in 20 (Times Media, South Africa, 2014)
Namwali Serpell (Zambia) for “The Sack” in Africa39 (Bloomsbury, London, 2014)
Shortlisted in 2010 for “Muzungu”
The Caine Prize is awarded to a short story by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere. Indicative length is between 3000 and 10,000 words.
‘An African writer’ is thought 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.
There is a cash prize of £10,000 for the winning author and a travel award for each of the short-listed candidates. The shortlisted candidates will also receive a Prize of £500.
The award is made in July each year, the deadline for submissions being 31 January. Works received after that date will be put forward to the next year’s prize. The short-list is selected from work originally published in the five years preceding the submissions deadline and not previously considered for a Caine Prize. The deadline for the next prize is 31 January 2016; works must have been first published between 1 February 2010 and the closing date. Anyone wants to be on the next list? Get your fiction story ready and out now as unpublished works are not eligible