Caine Prize for African Writing 2024 Opens for Entries

Sarah Ozo-Irabor, Director, AKO Caine Prize for African Writing

Applications are open for the 2024 edition of the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing, welcoming submissions from individuals who are nationals of an African country, born in Africa, or with African parentage.

To qualify for consideration in the 2024 competition, submitted stories must have been published between April 1, 2019, and March 25, 2024, with word counts falling within 3,000 to 10,000.

Submissions should be facilitated by publishers representing physical or digital literary platforms, self-published or unpublished works will not be accepted, and each story may only be entered once. Genres such as novels, children’s stories, and academic essays are ineligible.

By submitting an entry to the competition, both the publisher and author agree that if the story is shortlisted, a non-exclusive, non-commercial permission in perpetuity will be granted for the story to be reproduced in the Caine Prize anthologies across digital, print, and audio formats.

The winner and shortlisted writers will receive invitations to participate in events held in Africa, London, and potentially other locations, contingent upon available resources and circumstances. In recognition of their achievements, travel awards will be bestowed upon each of the shortlisted candidates, further enriching the cultural exchange and celebration of African literary talent.

The winning author will take home the Caine Prize and a cash reward of £10,000.

Each story must be submitted by the publisher via email ( as a PDF attachment or via a link to the story (if it has been published online). The subject line for submission should be “The Caine Prize for African Writing Entry for 2024.”

Submission of applications closes on March 32, 2024.

For more information and to submit entries, please visit