Apply now: Caine Prize for African Writing 2018

African Writing 2018

Applications is now ongoing for the Caine Prize for African Writing 2018. The Caine Prize for African Writing is yearly literature prize given to every outstanding African writers of short story that is publish in English.

The major aim of the Caine Prize for African Writing 2018 is to support and emphasize on the differences in African writing by showcasing it to global audience. The focus on the short story reflects the present age growth of the African story-telling tradition.

Any African writers that was given birth to in Africa or affiliated through the paternal or maternal lineage can put in for the application. It doesn’t matter if the person reside in Africa or not.

About the Prize

The Caine Prize for African Writing is a registered charity and the objective is to bring African writing to global audience using their yearly literary award.

They also create platform to connect African writers to various readers through a series of public events, as well as helping emerging writers in Africa to enter the limelight through the annual Caine Prize writers’ workshop that do take place in a different African countries annually.

The stories written at Caine Prize workshops are published annually alongside the Prize’s shortlisted stories in the annual Caine Prize Anthology by New Internationalist in the UK and publishers in eight African countries including, Jacana Media (South Africa), Cassava Republic (Nigeria), Kwani? (Kenya), Sub-Saharan Publishers (Ghana), FEMRITE (Uganda), Gadsen Publishers (Zambia), ‘amaBooks (Zimbabwe) and Langaa (Cameroon).

Benefits of Caine Prize for African writing

  • Winning and short-listed authors will be invited to participate in writers’ workshops in Africa, London and elsewhere as resources permit;
  • There is a cash prize of £10,000 for the winning author and a travel award for each of the short-listed candidates (up to five in all). The shortlisted candidates will also receive a Prize of £500;
  • The winner is also invited to go to three literature festivals in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Unpublished work is not eligible for the Caine Prize;
  • Submissions should be made by publishers only;
  • Only fictional work is eligible;
  • Only one story per author will be considered in any one year;
  • Submissions should specify which African country the author comes from and the word count;
  • They require 6 copies of the work in its originally published version;
  • If the work is published in a book or journal, they would like to receive at least one copy of the book / journal and five photocopies; but particularly where several stories are submitted from one anthology they would like if possible to receive six copies of the book / journal itself;
  • If the work is published online, they would like to receive six printed copies.

Stories for children, factual writing, biography,plays, works shorter than 3000 words and unpublished work are not eligible for entry.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2018


  • To apply please send six original published copies of the work for consideration to the Caine Prize office including a letter from the publisher;
  • If you are not sure whether your work is eligible, please email us for advice on

For details information, visit Caine official webpage here


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