The Caine Prize for African Writing is an annual literary award for the best original short story by an African writer, published in the English language.
Only fictional work is eligible. Indicative length is between 3000 and 10,000 words and only short stories are eligible. Works not eligible for entry include stories for children, factual writing, plays, biography, works shorter than 3000 words and unpublished work.
Submissions should be made by publishers only.
There is a cash prize of £10,000 for the winning author and a travel award for each of the short-listed candidates (up to five in all). The shortlisted candidates will also receive a Prize of £500. The winner is also invited to go to three literature festivals in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria.
The stories written at Caine Prize workshops are published annually alongside the Prize’s shortlisted stories in the annual Caine Prize Anthology.