South African author, Lidudumalingani Mqombothi, has made it on to the shortlist of five nominees for the 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing. Mqombothi’s entry, Memories we Lost, was published in Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You (Burnet Media, South Africa, 2015).
The Caine Prize was launched in 2000 “to encourage and highlight the richness and diversity of African writing by bringing it to a wider audience internationally.” It is awarded annually to an African writer of a short story published in English.
Lidudumalingani, who hails from rural Eastern Cape, is a writer, filmmaker and photographer, and has published short stories, non-fiction and criticism. His films have been screened at various film festivals. You can find his short story here.
Somali-Kenyan writer Abdul Adan has been nominated for The Lifebloom Gift published in The Gonjon Pin and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2014 (New Internationalist, United Kingdom, 2014).
Two Nigerian authors have been nominated. Lesley Nneka Arimah for What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky published in Catapult (Catapult, USA, 2015) and Tope Folarin for Genesis published in Callaloo (Johns Hopkins University Press, USA, 2014). Tope Folarin won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013, and in 2014 he was named in the Africa39 list of the most promising African writers under 39.
The fifth nominee is Zimbabwe’s Bongani Kona for At your Requiem published in Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You (Burnet Media, South Africa, 2015).
The winner will be announced on 4 July.
All the stories can found on CainePrize.com.