AKO Caine Prize for African Writing

AKO Caine Prize for African Writing


  • The AKO Caine Prize for African Writing is an annual short story award. The Prize is awarded for a short story by an African writer published in English, whether they reside in Africa or elsewhere.

  • The winner is awarded a cash prize of £10,000, and the other four shortlisted writers will receive £500 each.

    Eligibility Criteria:

  • The story must have been published in the five years preceding the submissions deadline. For 2022 eligibility, the judges will only consider work published after 31st January 2017.

  • Stories less than 3,000 words or exceeding 10,000 words are not eligible for the Prize.

  • Short stories must be submitted by a publisher – including publishers of physical and digital literary journals or magazines. Self-published and unpublished works are not eligible.

  • Publishers must obtain consent from the writer(s) before submitting their stories for the Prize.

  • Stories submitted for the Prize must have been published in English. Translated stories are eligible, provided that an English translation has been published.

  • Stories that have been previously submitted for the Caine Prize are not eligible.

  • Genres not eligible for entry include stories for children, factual writing, plays and autobiography/biography.

  • Submissions must specify which African country the author comes from and the word count.

  • Publishers are encouraged to submit multiple short stories as long as they do not submit more than one story by the same author.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; AKO Caine Prize for African Writing

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