Zimbabwean writer wins 2011 Caine Prize

Yesterday, on June 11, 2011, NoViolet Bulawayo won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing, for her short story entitled ‘Hitting Budapest’, from The Boston Review, Vol 35, no. 6 - Nov/Dec 2010. 

The prize is one of Africa's leading literary awards and awards the winner a £10,000 purse.

The Chair of Judges, award-winning author Hisham Matar, compared Bulawayo's story to "Clockwork Orange," saying it was "a story with moral power and weight."

"NoViolet Bulawayo is a writer who takes delight in language," said Matar.

NoViolet Bulawayo was born and raised in Zimbabwe. She recently completed her MFA at Cornell University, in the US, where she is now a Truman Capote Fellow and Lecturer of English. Another of her stories, ‘Snapshots’, was shortlisted for the 2009 SA PEN/Studzinski Literary Award. She has recently completed a novel manuscript tentatively titled We Need New Names, and has begun work on a memoir project.

Bulawayo will now be given the opportunity to take 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.

Watch out for this year's Caine Prize short story collection coming soon to Cassava Republic Press.


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