Featured Image -- 2278Great news today. One of the short stories from African Monsters – “Bush Baby” – is shortlisted to 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing! Huge congratulations to the author, wonderful Chikodili Emelumadu.

The winner of the £10,000 prize will be announced at an award ceremony and dinner at Senate House Library, London, on 3 July.

The Chair of judges, award winning author, poet and editor, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, announced the five-writer shortlist earlier today:

  • Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria) for “Who Will Greet You At Home” published in The New Yorker
  • Bushra al-Fadil (Sudan) for “The Story of the Girl whose Birds Flew Away,” translated by Max Shmookler, published in The Book of Khartoum – A City in Short Fiction, eds. Raph Cormack and Max Shmookler (Comma Press)
  • Arinze Ifeakandu (Nigeria) for “God’s Children Are Little Broken Things” published in A Public Space 24 (A Public Space Literary Projects Inc.)
  • Magogodi oaMphela Makhene (South Africa) for “The Virus” published in The Harvard Review
  • Chikodili Emelumadu (Nigeria) for “Bush Baby” published in African Monsters, eds. Margrét Helgadóttir and Jo Thomas (Fox Spirit Books)

Congratulations to all but especially Chikodili!

Her lovely dark and haunting story is now available online because of the shortlisting over at Caine Prize. You can read the story here.

Read the full announcement from Caine Prize here

African monsters is a coffee table book, filled with speculative fiction about monsters based on African folklore, legends and history, written by African authors. The book can be bought as paperback at Amazon here (UK) and here (US).

The book is the second volume in the book series The Fox Spirit Books of Monsters, seven volumes between 2014 and 2020, with dark fiction and art about monsters from around the world. Editor is Margrét Helgadóttir (Jo Thomas was co-editor on first two volumes).

Read more about African Monsters, including reviews and blog posts by the authors here.

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