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Over 90 Entries Received for 2013 Caine Prize

Original blog by Daniel Musiitwa at africabookclub.com

A total of 96 stories will compete for the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing. The winner will be announced in May this year and stands to receive a cash prize of  $15,000.  Rotimi Babatunde (pictured) was last year’s winner with his short story, Bombay’s Republic.

The judges for this year’s prize include Leila Aboulela, award winning Sudanese-born author and winner of the inaugural Caine Prize. This is the first time that a past winner of the Caine Prize will take part in the judging. The judging panel is chaired by art historian and broadcaster Dr Gus Casely-Hayford.
Other members of the panel include Aboulela, award-winning Nigerianborn artist, Sokari Douglas Camp; author, columnist and Lord Northcliffe Emeritus Professor at UCL, John Sutherland; Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, Professor Nathan Hensley.
The judges will meet in early May to decide on the shortlisted stories, which will be announced shortly thereafter.

The winning story will be announced at a dinner at the Bodleian Library in Oxford on Monday 8 July. The five shortlisted stories, alongside the stories written at the Caine Prize workshops are published annually by New Internationalist (UK), Jacana Media (South Africa), Cassava Republic (Nigeria), Kwani? (Kenya), Sub-Saharan Publishers (Ghana), FEMRITE (Uganda), Bookworld Publishers (Zambia) and ‘amaBooks (Zimbabwe).

Included in the 2012 anthology is the story by last year’s Nigerian winner, Rotimi Babatunde. Chair of judges Bernardine Evaristo said at the time, “Bombay’s Republic vividly describes the story of a Nigerian soldier fighting in the Burma campaign of World War Two. It is ambitious, darkly humorous and in soaring, scorching prose exposes the exploitative nature of the colonial project and the psychology of Independence.”

The Caine Prize 2013 book will be available from mid-June. It will comprise the 5 shortlisted stories and 12 stories from the Caine Prize Writers’ Workshop.

Co-operative Revolution competition

If a co-operative pioneer set foot on Mars what would they say as the TV cameras captured the iconic moment? Enter the competition to have your phrase published in The Co-operative Revolution and win a signed copy.

We all know Neil Armstrong’s ‘one small step…’ Co-op Revolution speech but if he had been one of the founders of The Co-operative what might he have said – could you come up with something better?

2012 is the International Year of Co-operatives and The Co-operative are running a unique competition ahead of the launch of The Co-operative Revolution: A Graphic Novel, by radical political cartoonist and activist Polyp, which vividly explores the history of the co-operative movement from its birth in 1844 to its spread across the world today and then takes an optimistic look at the world of 2044, 200 years after the Rochdale Pioneers.

If you can come up with a suitably iconic winning phrase your words will be immortalized in this piece of co-operative memorabilia. Your phrase will be featured as the very last line of our Graphic Novel. Your name will be printed in the credits and you'll receive a free, signed copy of the book. So send your suggestions here

The graphic novel will be published in September.

Counterpower kicks off US tour

Tim Gee will start his one-month US tour at Bluestockings, New York on Thursday 5 July. He will be promoting his book Counterpower: Making Change Happen, which was recently shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Prize.

Counterpower Cover

He’ll be talking about how social change comes about, what strategies and tactics are successful and why others are doomed to failure.

Speaking events scheduled so far:

To book an event, or for any press enquiries please contact Tim Gee.

About the author: Tim Gee delivers training sessions for political activists. He studied Politics at Edinburgh University, where he was also active in the student movement. Tim has also contributed to several campaigning guides and manuals.

Buy Counterpower here.

Video: Counterpower launch, London UK.