Monday, April 26, 2010

Caine prize reveals 'uniquely powerful' shortlist

Whoever dubbed the Caine Prize for African writing African Booker made a mistake in his/her choice of word. A short story prize is a short story prize, and please God, let it remain so regardless of how helpful it is to the authors in particular and to African writing in general.
Anyway, this year's shortlist has been announced:
"'Uniquely powerful' stories from South Africa, Zambia, Sierra Leone and Kenya have made the shortlist for this year's Caine prize for African writing.
Dubbed the African Booker and with patrons including Nobel laureates Nadine Gordimer, Wole Soyinka and JM Coetzee, the £10,000 prize is given to a short story by an African writer published in English, with 115 entries from 13 African countries received this year."

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