The Caine Prize for African Writing is named in celebration of the late Sir Michael Caine and is open to writers from anywhere in Africa for work published in English and focuses on the short story, awarding a prize of £10,000.
The judging of stories is done by a panel of judges, selected annually. The 2011 judges panel was chaired by award-winning Libyan novelist Hisham Matar. Joining him were Granta deputy editor Ellah Allfrey, Georgetown University Professor of English David Gewanter, publisher, film and travel writer Vicky Unwin, and the award-winning author Aminatta Forna. 126 qualifying stories were submitted from 17 African countries and the panel announced 5 authors for the shortlist:
• NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe), Hitting Budapest
• Beatrice Lamwaka (Uganda), Butterfly Dreams
• Tim Keegan (South Africa), What Molly Knew
• Lauri Kubuitsile (Botswana), In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata
• David Medalie (South Africa), The Mistress's Dog
The East Africa version of this anthology is a co-publishing arrangement between The Caine Prize for African Writing, New Internationalist, Cassava Republic in Nigeria, Jacana Media in South Africa and Kwani Trust in Kenya.
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