The 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing

In anticipation of the 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing being awarded, we are giving you the chance to read the works of the five shortlisted authors.

The prestigious Caine Prize is a registered charity whose aim is to bring African writing to a wider audience using an annual literary award. 

Over the course of ten days, we will be releasing each author's short story. This set of tales encapsulates perfectly the breadth of incredible literary talent that exists within Africa, so join us for this exciting opportunity to read the shortlisted works of one of Africa's most renowned literary prizes.

About the author

This year the five shortlisted authors and their works are; Nonyelum Ekwempu (Nigeria) for ‘American Dream’, Stacy Hardy (South Africa) for ‘Involution’, Olufunke Ogundimu (Nigeria) for ‘The Armed Letter Writers’, Makena Onjerika (Kenya) for ‘Fanta Blackcurrant’, Wole Talabi (Nigeria) for ‘Wednesday’s Story’.

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Why We Like It

  • The politics and aesthetics of gender, sexuality, corruption and silence are a constant presence throughout this shortlist.
  • "These five remarkable narratives are proof that nowhere is the complexity and diversity of Africa and African lives more evident than in the stories we tell.” - Chair of judges, Dinaw Mengestu

"I believe that a literary prize for African writers will show the creative spirit of Africa and her humanity more globally."

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

"Over the years, the Caine Prize has done a great deal to foster writing in Africa and bring exciting new African writers to the attention of wider audiences."

JM Coetzee

How it works

The stories will be delivered in 5 instalments (or staves), one every other day. The instalments are delivered to your Pigeonhole bookshelf on your IOS or Android app, plus you can read on our web reader. You will receive an email letting you know when each stave is available.

We believe that shared reading leads to new ideas and connections. That’s why we have a dynamic commenting system which allows in-text discussion between our readers. Post a comment and all your fellow readers will be able to respond. You can also choose to receive notifications (customise them here) when someone responds to your comment, or, additionally, whenever a comment is left in the book.

After the serialisation the stories will be available on your bookshelf and you can read them at your leisure.

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Join our commmunity of readers or read with friends in your own private book club.


And read it in bite-sized instalments – called staves – that fit busy modern lives.


Save your favourite bits and leave thoughts to connect with fellow readers.


Beautiful extras in the margins immerse you in the world of each book.

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