Writers from South Africa, Zambia and Nigeria have made the shortlist for this year’s Caine Prize for African Writing.
On the shortlist, announced today (5th May), are stories by Segun Afolabi and Elnathan John from Nigeria, F T Kola and Masande Ntshanga from South Africa and Namwali Serpell from Zambia.
Chair of the judges Zoë Wicomb, also a South African writer, said the shortlist is “an exciting crop of well-crafted stories”.
She said: “Unforgettable characters, drawn with insight and humour, inhabit works ranging from classical story structures to a haunting, enigmatic narrative that challenges the conventions of the genre."
The winner of the £10,000 prize will be announced at an award ceremony and dinner at the Bodleian Library in Oxford on the 6th July. All of the shortlisted stories will be published in New Internationalist’s Caine Prize 2015 Anthology.
This year’s shortlist in full is: The Folded Leaf by Segun Afolabi, originally published in Wasafiri magazine, Flying by Elnathan John, published in Per Contra, A Party for the Colonel by F T Kola, published in One Story, Space by Masande Ntshanga, published in Twenty in 20 and The Sack by Namwali Serpell, published in Africa39.
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