The shortlist for the 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced.
Yesterday, Nigerian Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, the first African to be awarded this title, announced the shortlist for this year’s Caine Prize for African Writing during the opening ceremony of UNESCO's Port Harcourt World Book Capital festival in Nigeria.
The winner of the prestigious and highly coveted award with a £10,000 prize will be announced at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, on Monday 14 July.
To commemorate fifteen years of the Caine Prize this year, £500 will be awarded to each shortlisted writer.
Kenya leads the pack this year with two out of five shortlisted authors. Last year’s award was won by Nigerian-American writer Tope Folarin, and in 2012 it was won by fellow Nigerian Rotimi Babatunde. Previous winners also include Zimbabwe’s NoViolet Bulawayo (2011) and Kenya’s Binyavanga Wainaina (2002).
Here are this year’s nominees:
Phosphorescence by Diane Awerbuck (South Africa), published in Cabin Fever (Umuzi, Cape Town, 2011)
Chicken by Efemia Chela (Ghana/Zambia), published in Feast, Famine and Potluck (Short Story Day Africa, South Africa, 2013)
The Intervention by Tendai Huchu (Zimbabwe), published in Open Road Review, issue 7 (New Delhi, 2013)
The Gorilla’s Apprentice by Billy Kahora (Kenya), published in Granta (London, 2010)
My Father’s Head by Okwiri Oduor (Kenya), published in Feast, Famine and Potluck (Short Story Day Africa, South Africa, 2013).
Read a short biography of the five shortlisted writers here.
Going to take the time to congratulate a girl I went to high school with who’s a fantastic writer and all-round hilarious and witty person - congrats Efemia! Your struggles are all worth it and now you’ll probably have your own Wikipedia page.