Notes From the Trenches: The Caine Prize Is Announced

It was recently announced that Henrietta Rose-Innes is the ’08 winner of The Caine Prize, for her story “Poison”, which was published in the anthology African Pens. I couldn’t find the collection anywhere on Amazon, but I’ve given you a link to the full text of the story via the Guardian.

Jude Kelly, Chair of the judging board, said that Henrietta Rose-Innes’s work shows “a sharp talent, a rare maturity and a poetic intelligence that is both subtle and deeply effective. It is writing of the highest order.”

The Caine Prize is awarded to a short story published in English by an African writer whose work has reflected African sensibilities. With over 90 entries coming in from 17 African countries, the writers on the shortlist were:

Mohammed Naseehu Ali (Ghana) ‘Mallam Sile’, from ‘The Prophet of Zongo’,
published by Amistad, an imprint of Harper Collins, NY, 2005

Stanley Onjezani Kenani (Malawi) ‘For Honour’ from ‘African Pens’, published
by Spearhead, an imprint of New Africa Books, Cape Town, 2007

Gill Schierhout ( South Africa ) ‘The Day of the Surgical Colloquium’ from
‘African Pens’, published by Spearhead, an imprint of New Africa Books, Cape
Town , 2007

Uzor Maxim Uzoatu ( Nigeria ) ‘ Cemetery of Life ’ from ‘Wasafiri’ No52
Autumn 2007

This award is very near and dear to One Story as two of our authors, Binyavanga Wainaina and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie have won the award in the past.

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