Announced yesterday by Vice President of the Prize, Ben Okri OBE, was the shortlist for this year’s Caine Prize. Awarded to a short story written by an African and published in English, this year’s shortlist of five was drawn from a selection of 122 entries from 14 African countries. This year’s shortlist is as follows (links from the story titles lead to an online version of each story, in PDF format):
eKhaya/Random House Struik (Cape Town, 2011)
Speaking of this year’s shortlist, Chair of judges, author and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature Bernardine Evaristo MBE had the following to say:
I’m proud to announce that this shortlist shows the range of African fiction beyond the more stereotypical narratives. These stories have an originality and facility with language that made them stand out.
The overall winner of the £10,000 prize will be announced at a celebratory dinner at the Bodleian Library, Oxford on on Monday 2nd July.