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The 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing
Total awards: 12000 €
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Hello, I want to introduce you “The Caine Prize”, which is open for participants Worldwide. An annual literature prize awarded to the writer of an African short story. The prize is launched in 2000 to encourage and highlight the richness and diversity of African writing. Join this online contest by clicking the green button "Join" in the top right corner. "The Caine Prize" is a literature award for an African writer of a short story published in English. The focus on the short story that reflects on the development and tradition of the African story-telling. “An African writer” is someone who was born in Africa, or who is a national of an African country. Or who has a parent, who is African by nationality or birth. Only fictional work is eligible. With length of the texts between 3000 and 10000 words. Works not eligible for entry include stories for factual writing, children, plays, biography and of course works shorter than 3000 words or unpublished texts. Submissions should be made by publishers only. There is amazing prize of £10000 (12000 euro) for the winner. Also a travel reward for each of the short-listed candidates (up to 5 in all). They will receive, a prize of £500 (600 euro). The winner is invited to go to 3 literature festivals in: Nigeria; Kenya; and South Africa. Winning this competition can give new opportunity’s and great cash prizes to the participants. This can be a good beginning for new writers. Participate online in international competitions like this, to develop your professional portfolio and win prizes. There are no entry fees for the participants. The deadline for the 2017 prize closes on January 31, 2017. The stories of "Caine Prize" workshops are published annually.

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Start date

9 December 2016  -  31 January 2017

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Awards

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There is a cash prize of £10,000 for the winning author and a travel award for each of the short-listed candidates (up to 5 in all).

The shortlisted candidates will also receive a Prize of £500 (600 euro). The winner is also invited to go to three literature festivals in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria.

The stories written at Caine Prize workshops are published annually alongside the Prize's shortlisted stories in the annual Caine Prize Anthology

General rules

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Unpublished work is not eligible for the Caine Prize. Submissions should be made by publishers only. Only fictional work is eligible. Only one story per author will be considered in any one year.

Submissions should specify which African country the author comes from and the word count. We require 6 copies of the work in its originally published version. If the work is published in a book or journal, we would like to receive at least one copy of the book / journal and five photocopies; but particularly where several stories are submitted from one anthology we would like if possible to receive six copies of the book / journal itself.

If the work is published online, we would like to receive six photocopies. Please note that works which do not conform to the criteria will not be considered for the prize. Please do not waste your own time and postage by sending in material which is unsuitable. Works not eligible for entry include stories for children, factual writing, plays, biography, works shorter than 3000 words and unpublished work.

There is no application form. To apply please send six original published copies of the work for consideration to the Caine Prize office:http://caineprize.com/contact.

The deadline for the 2017 prize closes on 31st January 2017.

Restrictions

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Age restriction: 14 /

Available for citizens: Worldwide