It seems to be that time of the year when all the judges of the competitions are poring over shortlists of prizes for winners. I imagine a final judge, head bowed on a computer or pieces of paper like some lecturer judging students' grades. Spectacles right on the bridge of the nose.
Yes, the Commonwealth Prize, for short stories and Book Prize announced it's shortlist recently. You can see the shortlist here. And no, there are not so many Nigerians on the list. Good or bad? See the list here.
The Caine prize always makes the news with its shortlist. This year is no different. There is an interesting outline of stories. You can read them for yourself here. There is also a blogathon where bloggers are invited to review the stories. You can read about all that and participate. It's called Blogging the Caine Prize
The shortlist for the Ondaatje prize, which goes to the "book of the highest literary merit – fiction, non-fiction, poetry – evoking the spirit of a place" has been announced. And Nigeria's Teju Cole is on it for his book "Open City" We wish him luck.
Did we miss out on any shortlist? Post in the comment box. Thanks!