AKO Caine Prize for African Writing 2021, UK


January 31, 2021


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AKO Caine Prize for African Writing 

An annual literature prize awarded to the writer of an African short story

The AKO Caine Prize for African Writing is a literature prize awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English. The prize was launched in 2000 to encourage and highlight the richness and diversity of African writing by bringing it to a wider audience internationally. The focus on the short story reflects the contemporary development of the African story-telling tradition.


  • Unpublished work is not eligible for the Caine Prize.

  • Submissions should be made by publishers only.

  • Only fictional work is eligible.

  • Only one story per author will be considered in any one year.

  • Submissions should specify which African country the author comes from and the word count.

  • We require 6 copies of the work in its originally published version.

  • If the work is published in a book or journal, we would like to receive at least one copy of the book / journal and five photocopies; but particularly where several stories are submitted from one anthology we would like if possible to receive six copies of the book / journal itself.

  • If the work is published online, we would like to receive six photocopies.

Please note that works which do not conform to the criteria will not be considered for the prize. Please do not waste your own time and postage by sending in material which is unsuitable. Works not eligible for entry include stories for children, factual writing, plays, biography, works shorter than 3000 words and unpublished work.

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October 17, 2020