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My favourite story so far is ‘Flying’ by Elnathan John. ‘Flying’ is how a short story should be: simple yet moving. The story is about Tachio – a JSS3 (9th grade) dorm leader of a refugee home/school, who believes he can fly once he falls asleep. Elnathan’s use of metaphors in comparing human appearances to animals gave the story some spice. - - Darkowaa, African Book Addict .

Now in its 16th year, The Caine Prize for African Writing has become an established prize on the literature calendar attracting high-calibre writers from all over the continent. 2015 has been no exception with a record number of eligible entries, 153 stories from 17 African countries. With the short-listed (which includes one past winner and two previously shortlisted writers announced in May, the winner will be revealed at an event taking place on Monday 6th July at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

In celebration of the award and to help bring African fiction to a wider audience, New Internationalist is delighted to publish Lusaka Punk and other stories, an anthology that includes not only this years’ five short-listed stories but also a further twelve stories that are the result of a Writers’ Workshop that took place in Ghana in April.

Short-listed Stories:

  • The Folded Leaf by Segun Afolabi (Nigeria)
  • Flying by Elnathan John (Nigeria)
  • A Party for the Colonel by FT Kola (South Africa)
  • Space by Masande Ntshanga (South Africa)
  • The Sack by Namwali Serpell (Zambia)

The Caine Prize African Writers’ Workshop Stories 2015:

  • #Yennenga by Jemila Abdulai (Ghana)
  • The Road Workers of Chalbi by Dalle Abraham (Kenya)
  • Wahala Lizard by Nkiacha Atemnkeng (Cameroon)
  • Nehushtan by Diane Awerbuck (South Africa)
  • Swallowing Ice by Nana Nyarko Boateng (Ghana)
  • Lusaka Punk by Efemia Chela (Ghana/Zambia)
  • The Writing in the Stars by Jonathan Dotse (Ghana)
  • Burial by Akwaeke Emezi (Nigeria)
  • The Song of a Goat by Pede Hollist (Sierra Leone)
  • Princess Sailendra of Malindi by Kiprop Kimutai (Kenya)
  • Blood Match by Jonathan Mbuna (Malawi)
  • Coloured Renditionby Aisha Nelson (Ghana)

Caine Prize 2015 Readings and Public Events

On Monday, 6th July, Namwali Serpell was announced as the 2015 winner for her short story ‘The Sack’ as featured in (‘Lusaka Punk and other stories’). This prestigious award was said to be an ‘honour’ to receive by the Zambian writer, who then chose to share the stage and also offered to share the prize money with her fellow shortlisted African writers.

For more information on the Caine Prize, please go to:

ISBN-13: 978-1-78026-228-4
Dimensions: 190 mm x 130 mm
Format: Paperback
Page extent: 240
Publication date: July 2015

Date added: January 28, 2015

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