2011 Caine Prize Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced on Monday May 9th. The Caine Prize, widely regarded as Africa's leading literary award, is now in its twelfth year. The chair of judges, the award-winning Libyan novelist Hisham Matar, said "choosing a shortlist out of nearly 130 entries was not an easy task – one made more difficult and yet more enjoyable by the varied tastes of the judges – but we have arrived at a list of five stories that excel in quality and ambition. Together they represent a portrait of today's African short story: its wit and intelligence, its concerns and preoccupations."

Selected from 126 entries from 17 African countries, the shortlist is a reflection of the prize's pan-African scope. The winner of the £10,000 prize will be announced at a celebratory dinner at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, on Monday 11 July.

The 2011 shortlist comprises:

· NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) 'Hitting Budapest' from 'The Boston Review' Vol 35, no. 6 - Nov/Dec 2010

· Beatrice Lamwaka (Uganda) 'Butterfly dreams' from "Butterfly Dreams and Other New Short Stories from Uganda" published by Critical, Cultural and Communications Press, Nottingham, 2010

· Tim Keegan (South Africa) 'What Molly Knew' from "Bad Company" published by Pan Macmillan SA, 2008

· Lauri Kubuitsile (Botswana) 'In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata' from "The Bed Book of Short Stories" published by Modjaji Books, SA, 2010

· David Medalie (South Africa) 'The Mistress's Dog' from "The Mistress's Dog: Short stories 1996-2010" published by Picador Africa, 2010.

As always the stories are available to read online on the Caine Prize website here.

Joining Hisham on the judging panel this year are Granta deputy editor Ellah Allfrey, publisher, film and travel writer Vicky Unwin, Georgetown University Professor and poet David Gewanter and the award-winning author Aminatta Forna. Once again the winner of the £10,000 Caine Prize will be given the opportunity of taking up a month's residence at Georgetown University, Washington DC, as a Caine Prize/Georgetown University Writer-in-Residence. The award will cover all travel and living expenses.

Last year the Caine Prize was won by Sierra Leonean writer Olufemi Terry for his story "Stickfighting Days," which can be found in Cassava Republic's 2010 collection of Caine Prize stories "Life in Full and Other Stories." Previous winners also include Uganda's Monica Arac de Nyeko, for "Jambula Tree," whose story can be found in our 2008 collection titled "The Jambula Tree and Other Stories."

For more details where you can get copies of these books, visit our website at cassavarepublic.biz.


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