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  Entries are now open for this year’s edition of the Caine Prize for African Writing. This competition exists to identify and shine a spotlight on some of the best literary works—specifically short stories –produced by African writers in recent times. The Caine Prize for African Writing, which is held annually, awards ₤10,000 to the best writers from the continent for their published work.
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The Caine Prize is named after Sir Michael Caine, a businessman and philanthropist who once chaired the ‘Africa 95’ festival in 1995, and the Booker Prize Management Committee. Following his death, the prize was established in his honour (in 2000) by his friends and colleagues.


Participants in the Caine Prize Award for African Writing benefit from it in the following ways:
  • Winners receive a prize of ₤10,000
  • The winner and shortlisted writers will receive travel grants to attend events in Africa, London, and elsewhere
  • Top writers will have their works published in the Caine Prize anthology print

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This competition is open to writers who meet these criteria:
  • Their story entry must have been published within the five years preceding the submission deadline (between 1st April 2019 and 25th March 2024)
  • The entry must be more than 3,000 words and less than 10,000 words long
  • Entries must be submitted by a publisher (e.g. publishers of physical and digital books, literary journals, magazines, and arts-oriented websites); self-published and unpublished works are not eligible
  • Writers must be at least 18 years old at the time of the submission
  • Submissions must specify what African country they are from, and their word count
  • Publishers are expected to upload a ‘Publisher’s Letter’ with their submission. The letter will contain the name of the writer, title of the story/stories, word count of each story, the qualifying nationality of the writer, date of publication of the stories, and confirmation of the writer’s consent to the submission

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Further Submission Information

Entries will remain open until March 31, 2024. If you would like to enter this competition, your publisher should email your entry to, using “The Cain Prize for African Writing Entry for 2024” as the subject of the email.
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This article was first published on 18th January 2024 and updated on January 22nd, 2024 at 11:40 am


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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