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'The No. 1 African Short Story Competition' The Independent

'African Violet and Other Stories is such a wonderful find [...] It gives readers worldwide a taste of the diversity and talent coming out of Africa today [...] Consider any of the other stories in this fine collection. And then, consider what you’ve been missing.' Publishing Perspectives

'Dazzling and splendidly diverse.' The Times

'A vital collection drawing on a rich treasury of material.' The Guardian

'Small Nuggets of African gold. A revelation.' The Independent

'Out of Africa — and coming to a bookshop near you.' The Times

'The near-infallible early-warning system for new African Talent' Boyd Tonkin, Independent

'Spotlights younger writers and emerging literary trends on the continent.' Washington Post

The Caine Prize is now in its thirteenth year. The judges panel is chaired by author and editor Bernardine Evaristo. Joining her are Nima Elbagir, International Correspondent for CNN; Maya Jaggi, award-winning cultural journalist and an influential critic; Samantha Pinto, Assistant Professor of English at Georgetown University in Washington, DC; and Chirikure Chirikure, performance poet and cultural consultant.

The 2012 shortlist comprises:

  • Rotimi Babatunde (Nigeria) '‘Bombay's Republic’ from 'Mirabilia Review' Vol. 3.9 (Lagos, 2011)
  • Billy Kahora (Kenya) ‘Urban Zoning’ from ‘McSweeney’s’ Vol. 37 (San Francisco, 2011)
  • Stanley Kenani (Malawi) ‘Love on Trial’ from ‘For Honour and Other Stories’ published by eKhaya/Random House Struik (Cape Town, 2011)
  • Melissa Tandiwe Myambo (Zimbabwe) ‘La Salle de Départ’ from 'Prick of the Spindle' Vol. 4.2 (New Orleans, June, 2010)
  • Constance Myburgh (South Africa) ‘Hunter Emmanuel’ from ‘Jungle Jim’ Issue 6, (Cape Town, 2011)

Rotimi Babatunde with his “Bombay’s Republic” was announced winner at the Bodleian Library in Oxford on the 2nd of July 2012.

The Chair of Judges Bernardine Evaristo described the shortlist as “truly diverse fiction from a truly diverse continent.

Artist Bunmi John Oloruntoba has wonderfully depicted the shortlisted stories in comic form (see below). For the rest of this comic and the other cartoons, you can visit his website at

This is a co-publishing arrangement between the Caine Prize and New Internationalist, Bookworld in Zambia, Cassava Republic in Nigeria, FEMRITE in Uganda, Jacana Media in South Africa and Kwani? in Kenya, Sub-Saharan Publishers in Ghana.


Caine Prize Anthology Opens Window On Amazing African Lit. Publishing Perspectives

Caine Prize 2012 Readings and Public Events.

Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 194 mm x 130 mm
Page extent: 256
ISBN-13: 978-1-78026-074-7

Date added: October 6, 2011

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