Caine Prize Award 2024 for African Writing (Up to £10,000 Cash Prize) – Apply Now

Call for Application – Caine Prize Award 2024 for African Writing. The AKO Caine Prize for African Writing, a registered charity, hopes to increase awareness of African writing through its annual literary prize.

Caine Prize Award

In addition to the Prize, the organization also organizes public events to introduce readers to African writers and assist up-and-coming writers in Africa in breaking into mainstream publishing through the yearly Caine Prize writers’ workshop, which is held in a different African nation every year.

Caine Prize Award – Overview

The Caine Prize Award for African Writing is held annually recognizing published short stories by an African writer. The award took its name after the late Sir Michael Caine, the former Chairman of Booker plc. Sir Michael Caine was Chairman of the ‘Africa 95’ arts festival in Europe and Africa in 1995.

After his death, his friends and colleagues came together and decided to establish a prize of £10,000 to be awarded every year in his memory. Since the inception of the award, the stories written are published yearly alongside the Prize’s shortlisted stories in the annual Caine Prize Anthology by Cassava Republic Press in the UK and publishers in African countries.

Financial Benefits of the Caine Prize Award

  • The winner will be awarded a cash prize of up to £10,000
  • In addition to the Prize, the winner and shortlisted writers will receive an invitation to participate in events in Africa, London, and other locations (with the availability of resources).
  • Hence, there will be a travel award granted to each of the shortlisted candidates.

Eligibility Criteria for the Caine Prize Award 2024

  • The story needs to have been published within the five years leading up to the deadline for entries. The judges will only take into account works published between April 1, 2019, and March 25, 2024, for eligibility in that year.
  • More than 3,000 words or fewer than 10,000 words are required for entries.
  • Publishers alone are required to submit entries. These publishers consist of book and digital publishers as well as magazines, literary journals, and websites with an artistic focus.
  • At the time of submission, writers must be at least eighteen (18) years old.
  • Short stories that are unpublished or self-published are not accepted.
  • Publishers are welcome to submit more than one short story, provided that the works are not written by the same author.
  • Only one story per submission is allowed to be considered for The Caine Prize for African Writing. If a story is not chosen for the shortlist, applicants are not permitted to submit it again for review.
  • Fictional short stories, plays, poetry, autobiographies, factual writing, children’s stories, novels, and academic articles are among the genres that cannot be entered.
  • Submissions must include the author’s nationality in Africa as well as the word count of the short story. With every submission, publishers must upload a “publisher’s letter.”

The Publisher’s letter must Include the following:

  • Name of the writer(s).
  • Title of the story or stories being submitted.
  • Word count of each submitted story.
  • The nationality of the writer(s).
  • Date of Publication
  • Confirmation of consent from the writer(s) whose stories are being submitted for the Prize.
  • Any Submissions that do not meet the above criteria will not be eligible for the prize.

How do I Apply?

  • Each story must be submitted by the publisher via email as a PDF attachment.
  • The story can also be submitted via a link to the story if it has been published online.
  • For More Information, kindly visit the Official Webpage of the Caine Prize Award 2024 at

Caine Prize Timeline

Call for submissions for The Caine Prize for African Writing 2024 opens on Wednesday, 17th January 2024 (00:01 GMT) and closes on the 31st March 2024 (12:00 GMT).

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