Nobel Prize winner and Patron of the Caine Prize Professor Wole Soyinka today announced the 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing shortlist. This year’s list features five writers, Diane Awerbuck (South Africa), Efemia Chela (Ghana/Zambia), Tendai Huchu (Zimbabwe0, Billy Kahora (Kenya) and Okwiri Oduor (Kenya).
Jackie Kay, Chair of the judging panel, described the shortlisted stories as compelling, lyrical, thought-provoking and engaging.
“From a daughter’s unusual way of grieving for her father, to a memorable swim with a grandmother, a young boy’s fascination with a gorilla’s conversation, a dramatic faux family meeting, to a woman who is forced to sell her eggs, the subjects are as diverse as they are entertaining,” said Kay.
Follow the links below to read the 2014 shortlisted stories.
- Diane Awerbuck (South Africa) “Phosphorescence” in Cabin Fever (Umuzi, Cape Town. 2011)
- Efemia Chela (Ghana/Zambia) “Chicken” in Feast, Famine and Potluck (Short Story Day Africa, South Africa. 2013)
- Tendai Huchu (Zimbabwe) “The Intervention” in Open Road Review, issue 7, New Delhi. 2013
- Billy Kahora (Kenya) “The Gorilla’s Apprentice” in Granta (London. 2010)
- Okwiri Oduor (Kenya) “My Father’s Head” in Feast, Famine and Potluck (Short Story Day Africa, South Africa. 2013)
The winner of the 2014 prize will be announced at a celebratory dinner at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, on Monday, July 14, 2014. Named in memory of the late Sir Michael Caine, former Chairman of Booker plc, the Caine Prize for African Writing is one the most prestigious writing prizes for African literature. Past winners include Helon Habila, Leila Aboulela, NoViolet Bulawayo and Monica Arac de Nyeko.