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This year introduces the ROSL Readers' Award, in partnership with the Caine Prize for African Writing. This new prize offers ROSL members the chance to support African authors by bringing their writing to a wider audience. The ROSL Readers' Award recipient will receive £1,000 as well as a commission for our very own Overseas Journal.

The Caine Prize has been awarded annually since 2000 for a short story by an African writer published in English, and is widely recognised as Africa's leading literary award. It is named after Sir Michael Caine, former Chairman of Booker Plc and Chairman of the Booker Prize Management Committee for nearly 25 years. ROSL has been proud to support the Caine Prize since 2001, providing accommodation at Over-Seas House for the finalists during their short stay in London, and hosting the first reading by the authors.

To vote for your favourite stories, read the stories following the links below, and once you have selected your favourite simply vote through the poll below.

Nonyelum Ekwempu - 'American Dream' (published in Red Rock Review, 2016, and republished in The Anthem)

Stacy Hardy - 'Involution' (published in Migrations: New Short Fiction from Africa, co-published by Short Story Day Africa and New International, 2017)

Olufunke Ogundimu - 'The Armed Letter Writers' (published in The African Literary Hustle, 2017)

Makena Onjerika - 'Fanta Blackcurrant' (published in Wasafiri, 2017)

Wole Talabi - 'Wednesday's Story' (published in Lightspeed Magazine, 2016)

If you would like a hard copy of the stories please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 020 7408 0214 ext.219. Voting closes on Monday 25 June, 5pm GMT.