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‘There’s no money in it’: prize-winning African author says writers must diversify to survive

Story from: South Africa | The Guardian

Two of the prestigious Caine Prize nominees had only been published in online journals, as power shifts from publishers to literary collectives

South African writer Lidudumalingani laughs when I ask if he’s going to share his £10,000 prize money with his fellow shortlisted Caine Prize authors, like last year’s winner did.

“I wish I could do that. But journalists and writers in Africa work hard to cover stories with very little resources. There is no money in it, because no one pays you until you win some kind of prize,” he says.

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