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The AKO Caine Prize Award for African Writing in UK 2023


The application for the The AKO Caine Prize Award for the academic year 2023/2024 is now open by AKO Caine Prize for for African Writing in UK.  

The AKO Caine Prize hereby invites all outstanding students to apply for the 2023/2024 Awards. The AKO Caine Prize has set-up a tertiary awards to bolster capacity, expertise and work opportunities related to different sectors. It is intended for tertiary students at the Prize. The university will provide financial support for high achieving candidates. AKO Caine Prize will provide the £10,000 prize for five shortlisted writers to London for a series of events, including public readings, interviews with media institutions, private events with agents, and an invitation to the 2023 award ceremony, where the winner will be announced. AKO Caine Prize has allocated awards specifically for the following fields below. 

The AKO Caine Prize and its community believe in the potential of youth. We believe that access to education should not be dependent on wealth. Education creates opportunities for youth to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to participate in the economy, achieve upward mobility, and change the world for the better for all in it.

For The AKO Caine Prize Award, we are looking for students who will be meeting the admission requirements and other eligibility requirements of the hosting universities stated below.


Eligible courses are: 

  • Undergraduate degree program in any field offered by the university.

Candidate Requirements 

Eligible criteria are:

  • All African country candidates are eligible to apply.
  • The story must have been published five years before the submission deadline. For 2023 eligibility, the judges will only consider work published between 1 February 2018 and 25 January 2023.
  • Entries must be more than 3,000 words or less than 10,000 words.
  • A publisher must submit entries, including publishers of physical and digital books, literary journals, magazines, and literary arts-oriented websites.
  • Writers must be over 18 years of age at the time of submission
  • Self-published and unpublished works are not eligible.
  • Publishers are encouraged to submit multiple short stories if they submit only one story by the same author.
  • Stories may only be entered for consideration for the AKO Caine Prize once. Unfortunately, they may only re-submit a story for consideration if it was selected for the shortlist.
  • Genres not eligible for entry include stories for children, factual Writing, academic essays, plays, poetry, and autobiographies/biography.
  • Submissions must specify which African country the author comes from and the short story’s word count.
  • Publishers are required to upload a ‘publisher’s letter’ with each submission.
  • Submit your entry via our online submission portal – details of which will be released during our submissions period
  • The applicants must be English-speaking individuals.


Applications must be submitted online at: 

Kindly attach the following documents: 

Please note you will need to ensure all the below documents are accessible on the device (cellphone, laptop, tablet, etc.) you will be using to apply.  The documents include:

  • The requirement includes:
    • Name of the writer(s).
    • Title of the story or stories being submitted.
    • Word count of each submitted story.
    • The qualifying nationality of the writer(s)
    • The date of publication of the story or stories.
    • Confirm consent from the writer(s) whose stories are being submitted for the Prize.


  • Completed applications need to be submitted on or before 26 January, 2023. Late applications will not be considered. 

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