AKO Caine Prize for African Writing in UK 2022

The AKO Caine Prize for African Writing in the UK in 2022 is already accepting submissions.

AKO Caine Prize for African Writing

The AKO Caine Prize for African Literature is a registered charity whose goal is to use its annual literary prize to introduce African writing to a broader audience.

It seeks to link readers with African authors via a series of public events in addition to administering the Prize.

The annual Caine Prize Authors’ Workshop, also assists budding African writers in breaking into the mainstream publishing industry.

Worth of Award

The winner is awarded a cash prize of £10,000, and the other four shortlisted writers will receive £500 each.

AKO Caine Prize for African Writing Requirements

In order to be considered, you must meet the following criteria.

  • The tale must have been published within the previous five years of the deadline for entries. Only work published after January 31st, 2017 will be considered by the judges for 2022 eligibility.
  • The length of the story must be less than 3,000 words or more than 10,000 words.
  • A publisher, including publishers of physical and digital literary periodicals or magazines, must submit short tales. Works that have been self-published or that have never been published are not eligible.
  • Before submitting their tales for the Prize, publishers must get permission from the writer(s).
  • The stories that are being considered for the prize must have been previously published in English. Stories that have been translated into English are acceptable, as long as an English version has been published.
  • There must be no prior submissions for the Caine Prize.
  • Children’s tales, factual literature, dramas, and autobiography/biography are prohibited genres for admission.
  • Submissions must state the author’s African place of origin as well as the word count.
  • Publishers are invited to submit several short tales, as long as no more than one piece by the same author is submitted.

How to Apply for AKO Caine Prize for African Writing

Submit your entry via the online portal

Deadline: The submission window will close on January 31st, 2022 at midnight (GMT). 

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