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The Caine Prize for African Writing just announced its 5 shortlisted entries for this year and guess what three of the five shortlisted entries are Nigerian writers and two out of these are women namely Nonyelum Ekwempu and Olufunke Ogundinmu.

The Caine Prize Award is an annual literary award for the best short story written by an African writer in Africa or elsewhere but published in English. It was established in 2000 and named after the Late Sir. Micheal Caine who was the former chairman of Booker Plc.

The aim of the Caine Prize Award is to bring African writing to a wider audience and to help emerging African writers in Africa, enter the world of mainstream publishing through the annual Caine Prize Writers Workshop.

This years edition of the literary award is its nineteenth edition and it received 147 qualifying short stories from African countries.

The top five shortlisted entries for this year was unveiled by the award-winning Ethiopian-American author, Dinaw Mengestu and they are:

Nonyelum Ekwempu (Nigeria) for ‘American Dream’, published in Red Rock Review (2016) and republished in The Anthem(2016).Read ‘American Dream’Stacy Hardy (South Africa) for ‘Involution’, published in Migrations: New Short Fiction from Africa, by New Internationalist (2017). Read ‘Involution’Olufunke Ogundimu (Nigeria) for ‘The Armed Letter Writers’, published in The African Literary Hustle (2017). Read ‘The Armed Letter Writers’Makena Onjerika (Kenya) for ‘Fanta Blackcurrant’, published in Wasafiri (2017). Read ‘Fanta Blackcurrant’Wole Talabi (Nigeria) for ‘Wednesday’s Story’, published in Lightspeed Magazine (2016). Read ‘Wednesday’s Story’

All shortlisted writers will be awarded £500 while the eventual winner will be awarded a £10,000 prize which will be announced at an award ceremony and dinner in the Beveridge Hall at Senate House, SOAS, on Monday 2 July 2018 in partnership with the Centre for African Studies.

The shortlisted stories will be published in June in New Internationalist’s 2018 Caine Prize anthology, Redemption Song, and through co-publishers in 16 African countries who receive a print-ready PDF free of charge.

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