The judges of this year's Caine Prize for African Writing were announced today. The panel will be chaired by The Economist's Literary Editor Fiammetta Rocco, and joining her are Granta deputy editor Ellah Allfrey, Professor Jon Cook of the University of East Anglia, award-winning novelist Hisham Matar and Georgetown University professor Samantha Pinto.
This year 115 qualifying stories have been submitted to the judges from 13 African countries. The judges will meet in April to decide on the shortlisted stories, which will be announced shortly thereafter. The winning story will be announced at a dinner at the Bodleian Library in Oxford on Monday 5 July.
Last year the Caine Prize, described as Africa's leading literary award, was won by Nigerian writer EC Osondu. Chair of judges Nana Yaa Mensah said at the time "a tour de force describing, from a child's point of view, the dislocating experience of being a displaced person. It is powerfully written with not an ounce of fat on it - and deeply moving."
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