Great 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!
Read the full announcement here