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Henrietta Rose-Innes

The winner in 2008 was South African writer Henrietta Rose-Innes, for her story “Poison”, which also won the HSBC / SA PEN Literary Award, judged by JM Coetzee.


In 2012, her short story “Sanctuary” took second place in the BBC International Short Story Competition. Her novel Nineveh was published in 2011 by Umuzi (Random House Struik), who also published  her collected stories, Homing, in 2010. Ninevah was shortlisted for the 2012 South African Sunday Times Fiction Prize and the M-Net Literary Award. Two previous novels, Shark's Egg, 2000 and Rock Alphabet, 2004, were published by Kwela Books.  Her short stories have been widely published, appearing in The Granta Book of the African Short Story and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011.

She has held fellowships at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Hawthornden Writers' Retreat, the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts and the Bellagio Center.


Workshop Participants
Among participants in the Caine Prize African Writers’ workshops, which have taken place annually since 2003, Eritrean writer Sulaiman Addonia’s first novel, The Consequences of Love, was published by Chatto & Windus in 2008, and Petina Gappah had a collection of her short stories, set in her native Zimbabwe and named for her Caine Prize workshop story An Elegy for Easterly, published by Faber and Faber in 2009. Niq Mhlongo has published three novels Dog Eat Dog (Kwela, 2004), After Tears (Kwela, 2007) and Way Back Home (2013) and Siphiwo Mahala published a novella When a Man Cries (UKZN Press, 2007) and a collection of short stories African Delights (Jacana, 2011).  Yewande Omotoso, who participated in the 2012 workshop in South Africa, had her debut novel Bom Boy (Modjaji Books, 2011) won the South African Literary Award for First Time Author and was shortlisted for the South African Sunday Times Fiction Award 2012.