(BBC) – US-based Zambian writer Namwali Serpell has promised to share her winnings in the Caine Prize for African Writing with the runners up.
She received the £10,000 ($15,600) prize for her short story The Sack.
The judges described it as “innovative, stylistically stunning, haunting and enigmatic”.
Ms Serpell was among five writers short-listed for the prize, regarded as Africa’s leading literary award.
Two South Africans and two Nigerians were also shortlisted for the prize – Masande Ntshanga for Space, FT Kola for A Party for the Colonel, Elnathan John for Flying and Segun Afolabi for The Folded Leaf.