TEN FACTS ABOUT THE CAINE PRIZE

TEN CAINE FACTS.

  • The Caine prize is an annual literature prize awarded to the writer of an African short story published in English.
  • It is named after Sir Michael Harris Caine founder of the Manbooker prize who died in 1999. Earning it the nickname “African booker”. The prize was launched in 2000 and is worth 10000 pounds.
  • It was first won by Sudanesewriter Leila Aboulela for her short story “The Museum”.
  • The four ( 4 ) African winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature have supported the Caine Prize as patrons: Wole SoyinkaNadine GordimerNaguib Mahfouz and  M. Coetzee.
  • It has been awarded to five Nigerians, three South Africans, three Kenyans, two Zimbabweans, one Sudanese, one Ugandan, and one Zambian writer.
  • Only published short stories are eligible and these submissions can only be made by the publishers. In 2001 winner Helon Habila posed as his own publisher and submitted a chapter from his self-published novel ‘Waiting for an Angel.’
  • In 2002 celebrated Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was shortlisted for the prize. In this year the prize was won by Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainana.
  • The 2017 caine prize winner will be announced in July, the shortlisted writers are; Bushra  Al-Fadil ( Sudan ), Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria), Chikodili Emelumadu (Nigeria), Magogodi oaMphela Makhene (South Africa), and Arinze Ifeakandu (Nigeria)
  • Each year a Caine prize workshop hosts twelve writers from across Africa including those writers who have been shortlisted for the Prize. These writers convene for ten days and at the end each contributes his or her workshopped short story for publication in the annual Caine Prize anthology and these stories are also automatically entered for the following year’s Prize.
  • Previous winners and nominees can still be shortlisted and still win the prize. The committee insist this is because the prize is for “The best African short story” not “The best African short story writer”

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