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Dear Tete Petina: “I Am One of Those People Who Once Really Wanted To Win the Caine Prize”

Last week, we debuted an advice column for writers, titled Tete Petina. The column is written by novelist Petina Gappah. Gappah kicked off the column with a deeply personal and heartfelt advice on how to handle the disappointment of not being shortlisted for the Caine Prize. [If you haven’t read it, stop whatever you are […]

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Dear Tete Petina: I Am Not on the Caine Prize Shortlist | By Petina Gappah

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Dear Tete Petina, Once again, I am not on the Caine Prize shortlist. My story was the best I have written to date, I was so sure I would get the nod. I am so disappointed that I feel like crying. I am finding it hard to be the bigger person and fight my jealousy […]

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2017 Caine Prize Updates | 148 Stories Submitted from 22 Countries

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2017 marks the 18th edition of the Caine Prize for African Writing. With entries closing on January 31st, the race to winning one of Africa’s most prestigious literary prizes is officially on. We know you guys are itching for information about this years edition of the prize. We were recently notified of a few updates […]

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Rotimi Babatunde’s Poignant Travel Essay Revisits an Irony of History

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  Last week, Caineprize.com published an essay by Rotimi Babatunde detailing his travel to Germany for a series of workshops centered around his 2012 Caine Prize-winning story “Bombay’s Republic.” The story, one of the very finest to have been shortlisted for the prize, follows an adventurous man who volunteers to fight for the British in […]

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New Book | The Daily Astonishment of Things and Other Stories

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The 2016 collection of Caine Prize stories titled The Daily Assortment of Astonishing Things and Other Stories has a special place in our hearts. A few months ago, Brittle Paper found itself at the center of conversations about the 2016 shortlisted Caine Prize stories. Our reviews of the stories kindled a series of productive conversations […]

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#CainePrize2016 | Review of Bongani Kona’s At Your Requiem | by Aaron Bady

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I’ve started to get really annoyed by false suspense in novels. I won’t tell you which novel provoked the feeling, because it’s not that particular writer’s fault that so many writers seem to confuse withholding with plot development. But I announce to you now that I have become annoyed with novels that drag you across […]

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#CainePrize2016 | What It Means to Read Lesley Nneka Arimah | by Oris Aigbokhaevbolo

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I African writers write to the west is both a popular complaint and the reality of the continent’s literature. And so far, the African writer, whoever she may be, has reacted rather predictably. First, carp, carp, carp. Second, submit to a foreign publication or enter for a western prize. This may be hypocrisy in most […]

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#CainePrize2016 | The Five Shortlisted Writers Revealed

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We are delighted to join in kicking off the 17th edition of the Caine Prize for African Fiction. A few days ago, the organizers revealed the shortlisted writers. All five writers are now in the running for the £10,000 prize, which will be awarded on July 4 at one of the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford. The one […]

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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I Hear a Few More Things When Bob Dylan Says ‘a Hard Rain’s a-gonna Fall’ | Chisom Okafor | Poetry

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My father plays a song aloud on Sundays, that begins with ‘Where’ve you been my blue-eyed girl?’ We scream on […]

The 2017 Babishai Haiku Prize Goes to Kenya’s Kariuki wa Nyamu

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The 2017 Babishai Haiku Award has gone to Kenya’s Kariuki wa Nyamu for his three haikus: “last night’s rain,” “in the […]

Dreams, Remember Yesterday | Elizabeth Semende | Poetry

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Dreams: This hole is a grave where dreams toss and turn, Touch the wind and sway with it. See the […]

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s New Short Story Is All Love, Class and Multiculturalism

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s new short story in Harper’s Bazaar, a brief one titled “How Did You Feel About It?,” is all […]

Translating Guinea-Bissau’s First English-Language Novel | by Jethro Soutar

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In June, we brought news of the publication of the first ever novel from Guinea-Bissau to be translated into Englis.  […]

Akwaeke Emezi’s Guide to Becoming a Successful Writer in 35 Tweets

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Last week, Akwaeke Emezi put on her life coach cape and dished out truths that every writer, artist, dreamer, and […]