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2018 Caine Prize for African Writing returns to SOAS next month

25 June 2018

SOAS University of London’s Centre for African Studies will be hosting the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing award ceremony next month.

The Caine Prize for African Writing is a literature prize awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English. The winner of the £10,000 prize will be announced at an award ceremony and dinner at Senate House Library on 2 July 2018. This is the second time in the 19 year history of the prize that the award will be announced in collaboration with SOAS.

The Caine Prize for African Writing recently announced the shortlist, showcasing a diversity of themes and a wealth of literary talent. The five-writer shortlist was unveiled by this year’s Chair of judges, award-winning Ethiopian-American author, Dinaw Mengestu.

The shortlisted writers for the 2018 Caine Prize are:

  • Nonyelum Ekwempu (Nigeria) for ‘American Dream’, published in Red Rock Review (2016) and republished in The Anthem (2016).
  • Stacy Hardy (South Africa) for ‘Involution’, published in Migrations: New Short Fiction from Africa, co-published by Short Story Day Africa and New Internationalist (2017).
  • Olufunke Ogundimu (Nigeria) for ‘The Armed Letter Writers’, published in The New Orleans Review (The African Literary Hustle, 2017).
  • Makena Onjerika (Kenya) for ‘Fanta Blackcurrant’, published in Wasafiri (2017).
  • Wole Talabi (Nigeria) for ‘Wednesday’s Story’, published in Lightspeed Magazine (2016).

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.