2016 Caine Prize for African Writing (£10,000 Prize and travel award)

Application Deadline: 31 January 2016;

The Prize is awarded to a short story by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere. Indicative length is between 3000 and 10,000 words.

‘An African writer’ is taken to mean someone who was born in Africa, or who is a national of an African country, or who has a parent who is African by birth or nationality.


  • Unpublished work is not eligible for the Caine Prize.
  • Submissions should be made by publishers only.
  • Only one story per author will be considered in any one year.
  • Submissions should specify which African country the author comes from.
  •   6 copies of the work in its originally published version is required.
  • If the work is published in a book or journal, we 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 we would like if possible to receive six copies of the book / journal itself.
  • If the work is published online, we would like to receive six photocopies.
  • Only fictional work is eligible.


  • 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.


Publishers should post six hard copies of the story for consideration to:

Lizzy Attree
The Caine Prize for African Writing
The Menier Gallery
Menier Chocolate Factory
51 Southwark Street
London SE1 1RU

Entries should be accompanied by a letter from the publisher conveying a short CV or brief biography of the writer, and specifying which African country the writer comes from.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing



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