The Caine Prize for African Writers

Opportunity type: Prize

For:  writers & publishers 

Deadline: 31/03/24

Rewards:  £10,000 prize +  Publication

Location Eligibility: Worldwide (must be of African descent)

About this opportunity

The AKO Caine Prize for African Writing is a registered charity whose aim is to bring African writing to a wider audience using their annual literary award. In addition to administering the Prize, they work to connect readers with African writers through a series of public events, as well as helping emerging writers in Africa to enter the world of mainstream publishing through the annual Caine Prize writers’ workshop which takes place in a different African country each year.


  • The winner and shortlisted writers will be invited to participate in events in Africa, London and elsewhere should resources and circumstances permit. In these cases, there will be travel award granted to each of the shortlisted candidates
  • Cash prize of £10,000
  • Publication 


  • The story must have been published in the five years preceding the submissions deadline. For 2024 eligibility, the judges will only consider work published between 1st April 2019 and 25th March 2024.
  • Entries must be more than 3,000 words or less than 10,000 words.
  • The author must be of African descent.
  • Publishers of physical and digital literary journals, magazines or literature-oriented websites may submit entries for the Prize.
  • Self-published and unpublished works are not eligible for the Prize.
  • Short stories submitted by the author(s) will not be eligible for the Prize
  • Genres not eligible for entry include: novels, children’s stories, factual writing, academic essays, plays, poetry, autobiography/biography, and any work that does not constitute a fictional short story.

Entry Fee


How to Apply

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All questions regarding this award should be sent to .


Mar 31 2024

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