Shortlist announced for 2023 Caine Prize for African Writing

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The shortlist for Caine Prize for African Writing, an esteemed annual award honouring outstanding African writers, has now been announced. The five shortlisted stories were carefully selected from a pool of 297 entries originating from 28 African countries.

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The shortlisted writers for the 2023 Caine Prize for African Writing are:

  • Yejide Kilanko (Nigeria) for ‘This Tangible Thing’, HarperVia (2023)
  • Tlotlo Tsamaase (Botswana) for ‘Peeling Time (Deluxe Edition)’, TorDotCom (2022)
  • Mame Bougouma Diene and Woppa Diallo (Senegal) for ‘A Soul of Small Places’, TorDotCom (2022)
  • Ekemini Pius (Nigeria) for ‘Daughters, By Our Hands’, Isele Magazine (2022)
  • Yvonne Kusiima (Uganda) for ‘Weaving’, Isele Magazine (2022)

According to the newsletter, “This year’s submissions encompassed a diverse range of talent from 28 different countries, including Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.”

Read more information about this edition’s selection process, shortlisted writers and the judges here.

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