1. The Caine Prize For African Writing – The Caine Prize for African Writing is an annual literature prize awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English. The prize was launched in 2000 to encourage and highlight the richness and diversity of African writing by bringing it to a wider audience internationally. The focus on the short story reflects the contemporary development of the African story-telling tradition. Last year’s winner was Namwali Serpell from Zambia for her story titled, “The Sack”, among Last year’s shortlisted entries were two Nigerians, past winner Segun Afolabi(2005) and Elnathan John. This year’s shortlist will be announced in mid-May, while the winner will be announced on Monday the 4th of July.
2. Commonwealth Short Story Prize – The competition brings stories from new and emerging voices, often from countries with little or no publishing infrastructure, to the attention of an international audience. The Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction. A list of twenty-six shortlisted writers have been announced and The Regional Winners will be announced on Wednesday 4 May while the Overall Winner of the Prize will be announced in early September 2016.
3. The Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature – It is a pan-African writing prize awarded biennially to recognize the best literary work produced by an African. It was established by The Lumina Foundation in honour of Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in literature, Wole Soyinka. It is awarded every other year in drama, poetry and prose and this year the prize will be awarded in the poetry category. The winner will be announced during the weeklong activities also marking the Soyinka Festival.
4. Writivism Short Story Prize – Writivism is a pan-African literary initiative that promotes emerging African writers It is awarded to the best short story or writing following submission processes. Longlisted stories are published in the annual Writivism anthology and shortlisted writers are invited to the annual Writivism festival in Kampala, Uganda where the winner is announced. Last year’s winner was Nigerian, Pemi Aguda, who will be the first writer-in-residence at the Stellenbosch University’s inaugural writers-in-residence program organised in partnership with Writivism.


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