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The 2012 Caine Prize for African Writing Shortlist

Alert! The shortlist for the Thirteenth Caine Prize for African Writing has just been announced. The winner of the £10 000 prize, currently held by Zimbabwe’s NoViolet Bulawayo, will be announced at a celebratory dinner at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, on Monday 2 July.

Rotimi BabatundeBilly KahoraStanley KenaniMelissa Tandiwe MyamboConstance Myburgh

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

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Press release:

The shortlist for the 2012 Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced today (Tuesday 1 May) by Ben Okri OBE, the new Vice President of the Prize.

The Chair of judges, author and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature Bernardine Evaristo MBE, has described the shortlist as “truly diverse fiction from a truly diverse continent.”

The Caine Prize, Africa’s leading literary award, is now in its thirteenth year. Involved from the beginning, Ben Okri, the internationally acclaimed Nigerian writer was announced as the Vice President of the Prize last week (26 April 2012). Ellah Allfrey OBE, deputy Editor of Granta magazine is the new Deputy Chair.

The 2012 shortlist comprises:

  • Rotimi Babatunde (Nigeria) ‘Bombay’s Republic’ from ‘Mirabilia Review’ Vol. 3.9 (Lagos, 2011)
  • Billy Kahora (Kenya) ‘Urban Zoning’ from ‘McSweeney’s’ Vol. 37 (San Francisco, 2011)
  • Stanley Kenani (Malawi) ‘Love on Trial’ from ‘For Honour and Other Stories’ published by eKhaya/Random House Struik (Cape Town, 2011)
  • Melissa Tandiwe Myambo (Zimbabwe) ‘La Salle de Départ’ from ‘Prick of the Spindle’ Vol. 4.2 (New Orleans, June, 2010)
  • Constance Myburgh (South Africa) ‘Hunter Emmanuel’ from ‘Jungle Jim’ Issue 6, (Cape Town, 2011)

In her first year as Caine Prize Administrator Lizzy Attree stated, “this year’s shortlist represents the best of short African fiction published worldwide. I’m looking forward to working with Ben Okri and Ellah Allfrey to continue to establish the Caine Prize as the mark of excellence in African literature.”

Selected from 122 entries from 14 African countries Bernardine Evaristo said, “I’m proud to announce that this shortlist shows the range of African fiction beyond the more stereotypical narratives. These stories have an originality and facility with language that made them stand out. We’ve chosen a bravely provocative homosexual story set in Malawi; a Nigerian soldier fighting in the Burma Campaign of WW2; a hardboiled noir tale involving a disembodied leg; a drunk young Kenyan who outwits his irate employers; and the tension between Senegalese siblings over migration and family responsibility.”

The winner of the £10,000 prize is to be announced at a celebratory dinner at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, on Monday 2 July.


For Honour and Other Stories

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Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Henrietta</a>
    May 1st, 2012 @12:46 #

    Great shortlist - congratulations to the writers, and all involved.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    May 1st, 2012 @14:49 #

    Congratulations all, the stories sound original indeed. Am trying to get over my disappointment at not seeing Siphiwo Mahala's story "Bhontsi's Toe" here. I was SO sure I would. This must mean a very high standard of stories overall, which is good news.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    May 1st, 2012 @15:30 #

    We at eKhaya are delighted that Stanley Kenani's story, 'Love on Trial' - from eKhaya's first-ever title! - has been selected for this strong shortlist. Congratulations to Stanley and all the shortlistees.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Maya</a>
    May 2nd, 2012 @09:42 #

    Great, Louis, what an auspicious start for eKhaya! Congrats to you and Stanley, and to the other shortlistees.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Phillippa Yaa</a>
    Phillippa Yaa
    May 2nd, 2012 @10:00 #

    Great, well done.

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    May 2nd, 2012 @10:48 #

    Great stuff, Louis. And thanks to the Books LIVE team for ensuring this story was posted on a public holiday - hopefully the Caine Prize won't choose May Day as its announcement date next year. Well done all!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Luso</a>
    May 4th, 2012 @09:30 #

    I love the Stanley Kenani story! Congratulations to him and to all at eKhaya. A strong shortlist this year, for sure.


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