The shortlist for the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced and the stories can be read online now on the Caine Prize website.
- NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe), Hitting Budapest
- Beatrice Lamwaka (Uganda), Butterfly Dreams
- Tim Keegan (South Africa), What Molly Knew
- Lauri Kubuitsile (Botswana), In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata
- David Medalie (South Africa), The Mistress’s Dog
The Caine Prize 2011 book will be available from mid-June. It comprises the 5 shortlisted stories and 12 stories from the Caine Prize Writers’ Workshop which took place in Cameroon in April.
The winner will be announced on 11 July.
The Caine Prize, widely known as the ‘African Booker’ and regarded as Africa’s leading literary award, is now in its twelfth year. The chair of judges, the award-winning Libyan novelist Hisham Matar, said: ‘Choosing a shortlist out of nearly 130 entries was not an easy task – one made more difficult and yet more enjoyable by the varied tastes of the judges – but we have arrived at a list of five stories that excel in quality and ambition. Together they represent a portrait of today’s African short story: its wit and intelligence, its concerns and preoccupations.’