The 2013 shortlist comprises:
- Elnathan John (Nigeria) Bayan Layi from Per Contra Issue 25 (USA, 2012)
- Tope Folarin (Nigeria) Miracle from Transition, Issue 109 (Bloomington, 2012)
- Pede Hollist (Sierra Leone) Foreign Aid from Journal of Progressive Human Services, Vol. 23.3 (Philadelphia, 2012)
- Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (Nigeria) The Whispering trees from The Whispering Trees, published by Parresia Publishers (Lagos, 2012)
- Chinelo Okparanta (Nigeria) America from Granta, Issue 118 (London, 2012)
The winner of the £10,000 prize is to be announced at a celebratory dinner at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, on Monday 8 July.
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