The Prize is awarded to a short story by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere. 'An African writer’ is taken 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.
Unpublished work is not eligible for the Caine Prize and submissions can only be made by publishers. For practical reasons, unpublished work and work in other languages is not eligible. Submissions should be made by publishers only.
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.
Deadline: 31 January 2017