Zimbabwean author, Elizabeth Tshele, writing under the pen name, NoViolet Bulawayo, has won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story, “Hitting Budapest”. Bulawayo was announced winner earlier today at a special ceremony in Oxford, UK. Her winning story first appeared in the ‘The Boston Review’ Vol 35, no. 6 – Nov/Dec 2010.
According to a Cornell University profile, Tshele, a Truman Capote Fellow in the Cornell MFA program, was born and raised in Zimbabwe. She is a 2009 SA PEN/Studzinski Award finalist, and her work has appeared in State of the Nation, New Writing From Africa 2009, The Warwick Review, and the Boston Review. She is currently finishing work on a novel.
The Caine Prize for African Writing, now in its twelfth year, is regarded as Africa’s leading literary award and comes with a £10,000 prize. It is named in memory of the late Sir Michael Caine, former Chairman of Booker plc. The first prize was awarded in 2000, at the Zimbabwe International Book Fair 2000 in Harare.
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