The AKO Caine Prize for African Writing is a literature prize awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English. The prize was launched in 2000 to encourage and highlight the richness and diversity of African writing by bringing it to a wider audience internationally. The focus on the short story reflects the contemporary development of the African story-telling tradition.
The Prize is open to African writers. ‘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.
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Note: The entry should be in English.
Note: The Prize is open to African writers. '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.
Note: Submissions should be made by publishers only.
Note: Only fictional and published work is eligible. The competition requires 6 copies of the work in its originally published version. If the work is published in a book or journal, the competition would like to receive at least one copy of the book / journal and five photocopies. If the work is published online, the competition would like to receive six photocopies.
Note: Works translated into English from other languages are not excluded, provided they have been published in translation, and should such a work win, a proportion of the prize would be awarded to the translator.
Note: If the work is published online, we would like to receive six printed copies.
Note: Cash prize of GBP 10,000 for the winning author.
Note: A travel award for each of the short-listed candidates (up to five in all). The shortlisted candidates will also receive a Prize of GBP 500.
Note: Indicative length is between 3000 and 10,000 words and only short stories are eligible.
Note: Write a letter with the folllowing information (the name of the writer/s, title of the story or stories being submitted, as well as word count for each story, the qualifying nationality of the writer/writers and the date of publication of the story or stories.)