The esteemed prize awarded to a short story by an African writer published in English has announced its shortlist:
“Phosphorescence” by Diane Awerbuck (South Africa)
“Chicken” by Efemia Chela (Ghana/Zambia)
“The Intervention” by Tendai Huchu (Zimbabwe)
“The Gorilla’s Apprentice” by Billy Kahora (Kenya)
“My Father’s Head” by Okwiri Oduor (Kenya)
In an interview with The Guardian, the chair of the judging committee Jackie Kay said the list reflected “a golden age for the African short story,” specifically calling out “how many entrants were drawn to explorations of a gay narrative.”
Past winners include (2013 Man Booker shortlistee) NoViolet Buluwayo.
You can read the shortlisted stories on CainePrize.com.