The five – writer shortlist was unveiled by this year’s Chair of Judges, award-winning Ethiopian-American author, Dinaw Mengestu.
The following writers made on the 2018 Caine Prize list:
Nonyelum Ekwempu (Nigeria) for ‘American Dream’ published in Red Rock Review (2016) and republished in The Anthem(2016) Read ‘American Dream.’
Stacy Hardy (South Africa) for ‘Involution’ published in Migrations: New Short Fiction from Africa, by New Internationalist (2017) Read ‘Involution’
Olufunke Ogundimu (Nigeria) for ‘The Armed Letter Writers’ published in The African Literary Hustle(2017) Read ‘The Armed Letter Writers’
Makena Onjerika (Kenya) for ‘Fanta Blackcurrant’ published in Wasafiri (2017) Read ‘Blackcurrant’
Wole Talabi (Nigeria) for Wednesday’s Story published in Lightspeed Magazine (2016) Read ‘Wednesday’s Story’.
According the press release by the organizers, the winner of the 10,000 pounds prize will be announced at an award ceremony and dinner in Beveridge Hall at Senate House, SOAS, on Monday 2 July 2018 – in partnership with the Centre for African Studies. Each shortlisted writer will also receive 500 pounds.
The shortlisted stories will be published in June in New Internationalist’s 2018 Caine Prize anthology, Redemption Song, and through co-publishers in 16 countries who receive a print-ready PDF free of charge.