The Caine Prize for African Writing, known as the ‘African Booker’, is named in memory of the late Sir Michael Caine, former Chairman of Booker plc. Each year a prize of £10,000 is awarded to an African author of a short story published in English. Since 2014, £500 is also awarded to each shortlisted writer. The Caine Prize runs an annual writer’s workshop in Africa. The five shortlisted stories, alongside stories written at the workshops, are published annually by New Internationalist (UK) and seven publishers in Africa.
Raitt Orr and Associates has run the Prize since its inception in 2000, taking responsibility for the organisation of the Prize, including the annual dinner, which is held at the Bodleian Library in Oxford with around 120 invited guests. We also handle general promotion of the Prize, co-ordinating media interviews for the five shortlisted writers and the eventual winner.
The 2015 winner of the Prize, Zambia’s Namwali Serpell was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and BBC Focus on Africa. Other coverage included interviews with NPR, The Guardian, The Financial Times and The Independent.
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