Full Details of 2020 Caine Prize for African Writing | How to enter

The Caine Prize for African Writing was launched in year 2000 for the sole purpose of celebrating the depth and diversity of African writing by bringing art to a global audience.

The Prize awards African writers of short story published in English.

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Deadline: 31st January 2020.


  • Only Published works are eligible for the Caine Prize for African writing

  • Submissions should be made by publishers only.

  • One story per author!

  • Country and word count should be noted.

  • 6 copies of the work in its originally published version is required.


Note: Works not eligible for entry include stories for children, factual writing, plays, biography, works shorter than 3000 words and unpublished work.


How to Apply

To apply, send six original copies of the published work for consideration to the Caine Prize office including a letter from the publisher.

  • If the work is published in a book or journal, send at least one copy of the book / journal and five photocopies; but particularly where several stories are submitted from one anthology you should send six copies of the book / journal itself.

  • If published in a magazine or journal, send one original copy plus five photocopies, but they would prefer six original copies.

  • If the work is published online, send six printed copies.

  • Address and post the eligible submission to:

The Caine Prize for African Writing
51 Southwark Street


For further details, enquiries and FAQ, visit The Caine Prize for African Writing website here.

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