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The AKO Caine Prize for African Writing (Win cash prize - £10,000)

The deadline to enter the 2021 Prize is 31st January 2021

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.

Winner and Short-listed

  • Winning and short-listed authors will be invited to participate in writers’ workshops in Africa, London and elsewhere as resources permit.

  • There is a cash prize of £10,000 for the winning author and a travel award for each of the short-listed candidates (up to five in all). The shortlisted candidates will also receive a Prize of £500.


  • Unpublished work is not eligible for the Caine Prize.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.

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

  • If the work is published in a book or journal, they 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 they would like if possible to receive six copies of the book/journal itself.

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

How do I apply?

There is no application form. To apply please send six original published copies of the work for consideration to the Caine Prize office including a letter from the publisher. 

Address and post the eligible submission to:

The Caine Prize for African Writing 51 Southwark Street London SE1 1RU


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