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Caine Prize 2004 shortlist announced

Five African writers have been shortlisted for this year’s Caine Prize for African Writing. The winner of the US$ 15,000 prize will be announced on 19 July, in Oxford, England.

The 2004 shortlist comprises:

  • Doreen Baingana (Uganda) for ‘Hunger’, from the Sun Magazine, March 2003;
  • Brian Chikwava (Zimbabwe) for ‘Seventh Street Alchemy’ from Writing Still, Weaver Press, Harare 2003;
  • Parselelelo Kantai (Kenya) for ‘The Story of Comrade Lemma and the Black Jerusalem Boys Band’ from Kwani?, Nairobi 2003;
  • Monica Arac de Nyeko (Uganda) for ‘Strange Fruit’ from Cook Communication, online magazine AuthorMe;
  • Chika Unigwe (Nigeria) for ‘The Secret’ from online literature magazine Open Wide.

In addition, the judges highly commended two other entries:

  • Jackee Budeste Batanda (Uganda) for ‘Remember Atita’ from Cook Communication, online magazine AuthorMe;
  • Charles Mungoshi (Zimbabwe) for ‘The Sins of the Fathers’ from Writing Still, Weaver Press, Harare 2003.

Alvaro Ribeiro, the Chair of this year’s panel of judges, is Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University, Washington DC. The other judges are Nigerian playwright Biyi Bandele; British novelist Bernice Rubens; Anna Umbima, broadcaster and journalist; and Nana Wilson-Tagoe, Senior Lecturer in African Literatures at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Further details from

Pernille Goodall
Raitt Orr & Associates Ltd
Tel: +44 20 7222 5479
Fax: +44 20 7222 5480

Nick Elam
The Caine Prize for African Writing
Tel: +44 20 7376 0440
Fax: +44 20 7938 3728

posted 10/05/04

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