AKO Caine Prize for African Writing for Course

AKO Caine Prize for African Writing for Course
  •  Course
  •  31-Jan-2022
  •   Africa
  • $$  £10,000 cash prize

The AKO Caine Prize for African Writing is an annual short story award. The Prize is awarded for a short story by an African writer published in English, whether they reside in Africa or elsewhere.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The story must have been published in the five years preceding the submissions deadline. For 2022 eligibility, the judges will only consider work published after 31st January 2017

  • Stories less than 3,000 words or exceeding 10,000 words are not eligible for the Prize. 

  • Short stories must be submitted by a publisher - including publishers of physical and digital literary journals or magazines. Self-published and unpublished works are not eligible.

  • Publishers must obtain consent from the writer(s) before submitting their stories for the Prize.

  • Stories submitted for the Prize must have been published in English. Translated stories are eligible, provided that an English translation has been published.

  • Stories that have been previously submitted for the Caine Prize are not eligible.

  • Genres not eligible for entry include stories for children, factual writing, plays and autobiography/biography.

  • Submissions must specify which African country the author comes from and the word count.

  • Publishers are encouraged to submit multiple short stories as long as they do not submit more than one story by the same author. 

Offered Benefits

  • The winner is awarded a cash prize of £10,000, and the other four shortlisted writers will receive £500 each.
  • Opportunity to participate in the Prize's various programmes
  • Opportunity to participate in interviews, panel discussions and readings with a global audience

Application Process

Go to Caine Prize for African Writing on zealous.co to apply

Required Documents:

Publishers are required to provide:  

  • Name of the writer(s).

  • Title of the story or stories being submitted.

  • Word count of each story, 

  • The qualifying nationality of the writer(s)

  •  The date of publication of the story or stories. 

  • Confirmation of consent from the writer(s) whose stories are being submitted for the Prize.

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