3 Nigerian, 1 Kenyan & 1 South African writers make 2018 Caine Prize shortlist

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The Caine Prize committee has announced the shortlist for the 2018 prize. 3 Nigerians, 1 Kenyan, and 1 South African. The shortlist announced today, May 15th, showcasing a diversity of themes and a wealth of literary talent.

The five-writer shortlist was unveiled by this year’s Chair of judges, award-winning Ethiopian-American author, Dinaw Mengestu.

The shortlisted writers for the 2018 Caine Prize are:

Nonyelum Ekwempu (Nigeria) for ‘American Dream’, published in Red Rock Review (2016) and republished in The Anthem(2016).

Stacy Hardy (South Africa) for ‘Involution’, published inMigrations: New Short Fiction from Africa, by New Internationalist (2017).

Olufunke Ogundimu (Nigeria) for ‘The Armed Letter Writers’, published in The African Literary Hustle (2017)

Makena Onjerika (Kenya) for ‘Fanta Blackcurrant’, published inWasafiri (2017)

Wole Talabi (Nigeria) for ‘Wednesday’s Story’, published inLightspeed Magazine (2016).

Winner of the £10,000 prize will be announced at an award ceremony and dinner in the Beveridge Hall at Senate House, SOAS, on Monday 2 July 2018 – in partnership with the Centre for African Studies.

Each shortlisted writer will also receive £500.

The shortlisted stories will be published in June in New Internationalist’s 2018 Caine Prize anthology.

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