Caine Prize for African Writing 2003 shortlist announced
A shortlist of five African writers has been chosen by the panel of judges for this year’s Caine Prize for African Writing. The winner of the US$15,000 prize will be announced on 14 July, in Oxford, UK.
The 2003 shortlist comprises:
The Chair of this year’s panel of judges is Abdulrazak Gurnah, who teaches literature at the University of Kent and is the author of six novels, of which ‘Paradise’ was short listed for the 1994 Booker Prize. The other judges are Shirley Chew, Professor of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literatures at the University of Leeds; John Sutherland, Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London and visiting professor of literature at the California Institute of Technology, and Nana Wilson-Tagoe, Senior Lecturer in African Literatures at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
The Prize, awarded annually for African creative
writing, is named after the late Sir Michael Caine, former Chairman
of Booker plc and Chairman of the Booker Prize management committee
for nearly 25 years. The Prize is awarded for a short story by an African
writer, published in English (whether in Africa or elsewhere), with
an indicative length of 3,000 to 15,000 words. An “African writer”
is taken to mean a writer born anywhere on the African continent whose
work reflects that cultural background.
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