Now in its nineteenth year the Caine Prize for African Writing is Africa's leading literary prize, and is awarded to a short story by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere.
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
The 2018 judging panel comprises: Dinaw Mengestu, journalist, author and
graduate of Georgetown University and of Columbia University's M.F.A programme
in fiction; Alain Mabanckou, prolific Francophone Congolese poet and novelist and
Man Booker International Prize finalist (2015); reporter, columnist and poet Ahmed
Rajab; Henrietta Rose-Innes, a South African author who won the Caine Prize in
2008; Lola Shoneyin, a Nigerian writer who has won the Ken Saro-Wiwa Prose Prize,
This is a co-publishing arrangement between the Caine Prize and New
Internationalist, amaBooks in Zimbabwe, Gadsden Books in Zambia, FEMRITE
in Uganda, Huza Press in Rwanda, Jacana Media in South Africa, Kwani? in
Kenya, in Nigeria, Mkuki Na Nyota in Tanzania, Red Sea Cultural Foundation in
Somaliland, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan and South Sudan, Sub-Saharan Publishers
in Ghana, and Interlink Books in North America.