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The 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing Shortlist

The shortlist for the Twelfth Caine Prize for African Writing has just been announced. The £10 000 prize, currently held by Olumfemi Terry, will be announced at a celebratory dinner at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, on Monday 11 July.

NoViolet BulawayoBeatrice LamwakaTim KeeganLauri KubuitsileDavid Medalie

Bad CompanyThe Mistress's DogThe Bed Book of Short Stories

BOOK SA sends its congratulations to the shortlistees, as follows:

  • NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe), “Hitting Budapest” from The Boston Review, Vol. 35, No. 6 – Nov/Dec 2010
  • Beatrice Lamwaka (Uganda), “Butterfly dreams” from Butterfly Dreams and Other New Short Stories from Uganda published by Critical, Cultural and Communications Press, Nottingham, 2010

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Press release

The shortlist for the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced today (Monday 9 May). The Caine Prize, widely known as the “African Booker” and regarded as Africa’s leading literary award, is now in its twelfth year. The chair of judges, the award-winning Libyan novelist Hisham Matar, said “choosing a shortlist out of nearly 130 entries was not an easy task – one made more difficult and yet more enjoyable by the varied tastes of the judges – but we have arrived at a list of five stories that excel in quality and ambition. Together they represent a portrait of today’s African short story: its wit and intelligence, its concerns and reoccupations.”

Selected from 126 entries from 17 African countries, the shortlist is once again a reflection of the Caine Prize’s pan-African reach. The winner of the £10,000 prize is to be announced at a celebratory dinner at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, on Monday 11 July.

The 2011 shortlist comprises:

  • NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) “Hitting Budapest” from The Boston Review Vol 35, no. 6 – Nov/Dec 2010
  • Beatrice Lamwaka (Uganda) “Butterfly dreams” from Butterfly Dreams and Other New Short Stories from Uganda published by Critical, Cultural and Communications Press, Nottingham, 2010
  • Tim Keegan (South Africa) “What Molly Knew” from Bad Company published by Pan Macmillan SA, 2008
  • Lauri Kubuitsile (Botswana) “In the spirit of McPhineas Lata” from The Bed Book of Short Stories published by Modjaji Books, SA, 2010
  • David Medalie (South Africa) “The Mistress’s Dog” from The Mistress’s Dog: Short stories 1996-2010 published by Picador Africa, 2010

As always the stories are available to read online on our website.

Joining Hisham on the judging panel this year are Granta deputy editor Ellah Allfrey, publisher, film and travel writer Vicky Unwin,
Georgetown University Professor and poet David Gewanter and the award-winning author Aminatta Forna. Once again the winner of the £10,000 Caine Prize will be given the opportunity of taking up a month’s residence at Georgetown University, Washington DC, as a “Caine Prize/Georgetown University Writer-in-Residence.” The award will cover all travel and living expenses.

Last year the Caine Prize was won by Sierra Leonean writer Olufemi Terry. As the then Chair of judges, Fiammetta Rocco, said at the time, the story was “ambitious, brave and hugely imaginative. Olufemi Terry’s “Stickfighting Days: presents a heroic culture that is Homeric in its scale and conception. The execution of this story is so tight and the presentation so cinematic, it confirms Olufemi Terry as a talent with an enormous future.”

Previous winners include Uganda’s Monica Arac de Nyeko, for “Jambula Tree” from African Love Stories, Ayebia Clarke Publishing, 2006, and Binyavanga Wainaina, from Kenya, who founded the well-known literary magazine, Kwani?, to publish work by new Kenyan writers.

This year the shortlisted writers will be reading from their work at the Royal Over-Seas League on Friday, 8 July at 7pm and at the London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre, on Sunday, 10 July at 7pm.

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Photo of Bulawayo courtesy Cornell.edu & Lamwaka courtesy My Little Camera2005

 

Recent comments:

  • <a href="http://www.modjajibooks.co.za" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    Colleen
    May 9th, 2011 @14:26 #
     
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    Viva Lauri, viva. Modjaji Books is delighted to be the publisher of one of the shortlisted stories and writers. The story in question is In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata by Lauri Kubuitsile, who was also the compiler of the collection and kindly agreed to include one of her own stories in the collection. Thanks to Joanne Hichens for her brilliant editing of the whole collection and to Arts and Culture Trust for funding the stories.

    Congratulations to the other writers too. And if you want to read the stories click on to the link above and then onto the writer and their story.

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  • <a href="http://www.modjajibooks.co.za" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    Colleen
    May 9th, 2011 @15:26 #
     
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    Just noticed that Joanne Hichens edited two of the collections that each have a short-listee, Bad Company and the Bed Book of Short Stories. Big congrats to Joanne for her editing.

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    May 9th, 2011 @15:34 #
     
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    Yep, big kudos to Joanne :)

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  • <a href="http://liesljobson.bookslive.co.za" rel="nofollow">Liesl</a>
    Liesl
    May 9th, 2011 @15:41 #
     
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    Hearty congratulations to all the short-listed authors. What a fabulous line up of stories. And congrats to Joanne Hichens indeed, for her hand in editing the two collections that begat the chosen works.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    May 9th, 2011 @17:58 #
     
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    It's been a very, very good few weeks for Southern African writers. Congratulations to Colleen of Modjaji, for indeed making rain. Salutations to Lauri and David, both of whose stories have stuck in my head, for very different reasons, ever since I first read them. (Lauri's story is among the funniest I have ever encountered.) Well done to the other shortlistees, too. And kudos to Joanne -- nice to see editing rewarded like this.

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  • <a href="http://henriettaroseinnes.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Henrietta</a>
    Henrietta
    May 10th, 2011 @11:41 #
     
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    Congratulations all - that's a wonderful shortlist!

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