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Zimbabwe’s NoViolet Bulawayo won the Caine Prize in 2011 for her story entitled ‘Hitting Budapest’, from The Boston Review, Vol 35.


She received her MFA from Cornell University where she was a Truman Capote Fellow and Lecturer of English.  Her short story “Snapshots” was shortlisted for the 2009 SA PEN/Studzinski Literary Award.

In April 2012 she was awarded the prestigious two year Stegner fellowship at Stanford University.  Her debut novel We Need New Names was published in June by Chatto and Windus in the UK and with Little, Brown in North America and is currently receiving excellent reviews.

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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.