The Caine Prize for African Writing is awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere, reflecting the contemporary development of the African story-telling tradition. The first prize was awarded in 2000 at the Zimbabwe International Book Fair 2000 in Harare and it’s usually awarded every July. This year’s winner is Kenya’s Okwiri Oduor for her short story entitled: “My Father’s Head” from Feast, Famine and Potluck (Short Story Day Africa, South Africa, 2013).
The other 4 shortlisted entries for this year were:
- 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)