Caine Prize for African Writing: Short list announced for 2015

New writing and writers from Africa are celebrated each year by the Caine Prize. From the site:

The five writer shortlist for the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced by Chair of judges, award-winning South African writer Zoë Wicomb. In a sign of the established calibre to be found in African writing and as the Caine Prize matures in its sixteenth year, the shortlist includes one past winner and two previously shortlisted writers.

The 2015 shortlist comprises:

  • Segun Afolabi (Nigeria) for “The Folded Leaf” in Wasafiri (Wasafiri, London, 2014). Caine Prize winner 2005 for “Monday Morning” Read “The Folded Leaf”
  • Elnathan John (Nigeria) for “Flying” in Per Contra (Per Contra, International, 2014). Shortlisted in 2013 for “Bayan Layi” Read “Flying”
  • F. T. Kola (South Africa) for “A Party for the Colonel” in One Story (One Story, inc. Brooklyn, New York City, 2014) Read “A Party for the Colonel”
  • Masande Ntshanga (South Africa) for “Space” in Twenty in 20 (Times Media, South Africa, 2014) Read “Space
  • Namwali Serpell (Zambia) for “The Sack” in Africa39 (Bloomsbury, London, 2014)Shortlisted in 2010 for “Muzungu” Read “The Sack”

See also: Blogging the Caine Prize: F.T. Kola’s ‘A Party for the Colonel’ by Doseline Kiguruon 4 JUNE , 2015.

Books: “The stories written at Caine Prize workshops are published annually alongside the Prize’s shortlisted stories by New Internationalist in the UK and publishers in eight African countries including, Jacana Media (South Africa), Cassava Republic (Nigeria), Kwani? (Kenya), Sub-Saharan Publishers (Ghana), FEMRITE (Uganda), Bookworld Publishers (Zambia), ‘amaBooks (Zimbabwe) and Langaa (Cameroon). New Internationalist provides the print ready PDF to all the African co-publishers free of charge.”

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