The Caine Prize for African Writing

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The 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.



  • Unpublished work is not eligible for the Caine Prize.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.

  • We require 6 copies of the work in its originally published version.

  • If the work is published in a book or journal, we 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 we would like if possible to receive six copies of the book / journal itself.

  • If the work is published online, we would like to receive six photocopies.