Caine Prize

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Caine Prize for African Writing
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Awarded for Best short story by an African writer in the English language
First awarded 2000
Official website http://www.caineprize.com/

The Caine Prize for African Writing is an annual literary award for the best original short story by an African writer, whether in Africa or elsewhere, published in the English language. The £10,000 prize was founded in the United Kingdom in 2000, and was named in memory of Sir Michael Harris Caine,[1] former Chairman of Booker Group plc. Because of the Caine Prize's connection to the Booker Prize, the award is sometimes called the "African Booker".

History[edit]

It was first awarded in 2000 to the Sudanese writer Leila Aboulela for her short story "The Museum", at the Zimbabwe International Book Fair in Harare. In its first year the Prize attracted entries from 20 African countries.

The winner is announced at a dinner in Oxford in July, to which the shortlisted candidates are all invited. This is part of a week of activities for the candidates, including readings, book signings and press opportunities.

List of winners[edit]

Year Author Work Source(s)
2000 Leila Aboulela (Sudan) "The Museum" [2][3]
2001 Helon Habila (Nigeria) "Love Poems" [4][5]
2002 Binyavanga Wainaina (Kenya) "Discovering Home" [6][7]
2003 Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Kenya) "Weight of Whispers" [8][9]
2004 Brian Chikwava (Zimbabwe) "Seventh Street Alchemy" [10][11]
2005 S. A. Afolabi(Nigeria) "Monday Morning" [12][13]
2006 Mary Watson (South Africa) "Jungfrau" [14][15]
2007 Monica Arac de Nyeko (Uganda) "Jambula Tree" [16][17]
2008 Henrietta Rose-Innes (South Africa) "Poison" [18][19]
2009 E. C. Osondu (Nigeria) "Waiting" [20][21]
2010 Olufemi Terry (Sierra Leone) "Stickfighting Days" [22][23]
2011 NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) "Hitting Budapest" [24]
2012 Babatunde Rotimi (Nigeria) "Bombay’s Republic" [25][26]
2013 Tope Folarin (Nigeria) "Miracle" [27]
2014 Okwiri Oduor (Kenya) "My Father's Head" [28]
2015 Namwali Serpell (Zambia) "The Sack" [29]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Dwyer, Colin (8 July 2015). "Caine Prize Winner: Literature Is Not A Competitive Sport". NPR. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Caine Prize". BBC. 21 June 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Leila Aboulela". Contemporary Writers. British Council. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Stephen Williams (1 September 2001). "Nigeria's Habila wins Caine prize". All Business. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Helon Habila". Contemporary Writers. British Council. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Mwenda Micheni (3 May 2010). "Caine Prize sways African writing". The East African. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Stephen Williams (1 September 2002). "Caine Prize 2002: Top award goes to Kenya's Wainaina". All Business. Reprinted at The Free Library. 
  8. ^ "Weight of Whispers by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor". Kwani. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  9. ^ Michelle Pauli (15 July 2003). "Kenya celebrates Caine prize double". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Writing Pains". African Writing Online. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  11. ^ Michelle Pauli (20 July 2004). "Caine prize winner announced". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  12. ^ Michelle Pauli (6 July 2005). "Afolabi wins 'African Booker'". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  13. ^ "Literary win for Nigerian writer". BBC. 5 July 2005. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  14. ^ Michelle Pauli (11 July 2006). "Mary Watson wins 'African Booker'". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  15. ^ "SA literary prize winner's joy". BBC. 11 July 2006. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  16. ^ Michelle Pauli (10 July 2007). "Love story wins 'African Booker'". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  17. ^ "'Taboo' story takes African prize". BBC. 10 July 2007. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  18. ^ Lindesay Irvine (8 July 2008). "Henrietta Rose-Innes wins £10,000 Caine prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  19. ^ "South African wins top book prize". BBC. 7 July 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  20. ^ Alison Flood (7 July 2009). "EC Osondu takes £10,000 'African Booker'". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  21. ^ "Nigerian scoops African 'Booker'". BBC. 7 July 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  22. ^ "Olufemi Terry Wins the £10 000 Caine Prize for African Writing". BOOK Southern Africa. 5 July 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  23. ^ "Sierra Leone's Olufemi Terry wins Caine writing prize". BBC. 6 July 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  24. ^ Alison Flood (12 July 2012). "NoViolet Bulawayo wins 'African Booker'". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  25. ^ Ben (editor) (July 2, 2012). "Rotimi Babatunde Wins the 2012 Caine Prize for African Writing for “Bombay’s Republic”". Books Live. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  26. ^ Alison Flood (3 July 2012). "Rotimi Babatunde wins Caine prize for African writing". The Guardian. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  27. ^ Lekan (July 8, 2013). "Tope Folarin wins 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing". The Nation. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Okwiri Oduor wins fifteenth Caine Prize for African Writing". The Caine Prize for African Writing. July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Zambia's Namwali Serpell Wins the 2015 Caine Prize for “The Sack”". The Caine Prize. July 6, 2015. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 

References[edit]

  • Rose-Innes, Henrietta. 2009. Ten Years of the Caine Prize for African Writing. New Internationalist Publications (Oxford, United Kingdom).

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