Entries for Caine Prize close January 26

The submissions for the 2023 AKO Caine Prize Award for African Writing are open till January 26

The prize, worth £10,000  to the winner, is an annual literary award for a published short story by an African writer, published in English, whether they reside in Africa or elsewhere.

Five shortlisted writers are invited to London for a series of events including public readings, interviews with media institutions, private events with agents, and an invitation to the 2023 award ceremony where the winner will be announced.

Four shortlisted writers receive £500 each.

According to the submission guidelines on the prize’s website, the story must have been published in the five years preceding the submissions deadline on January 26, 2023. For the 2023 eligibility, the judges will only consider work published between February 1, 2018 and January 25, 2023.

Entries must be more than 3,000 words and less than 10,000 words and submitted by a publisher.

This includes publishers of physical and digital books, literary journals, magazines, and literary arts oriented websites.

Writers must be over 18 years of age at the time of submission.

Self-published and unpublished works are not eligible.

The shortlisted stories will also be published in the 2023 AKO Caine Prize anthology.


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