The Caine Prize, which is Africa’s most prestigious annual literary prize for the best original short story by an African writer, announced its 2014 judges yesterday.
Chairing the group of five (5) judges to shortlist from a pool of 140 stories already received for this year’s prize is award-winning author, Jackie Kay MBE.
She is joined by the distinguished novelist and playwright Gillian Slovo, Zimbabwean journalist Percy Zvomuya, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Georgetown Dr Nicole Rizzuto and the winner of the Caine Prize in 2001 Helon Habila. This is the second time that a past winner of the £10,000 Caine Prize will take part in the judging.
Tope Folarin’s ”Miracle” won last year’s prize. Gus Casely-Hayford said at the time, ”Tope Folarin’s ’Miracle’ is another superb Caine Prize winner - a delightful and beautifully paced narrative, that is exquisitely observed and utterly compelling...”