(CNN)Zambian author Namwali Serpell has won the 2015 Caine Prize for African writing for her short story "The Sack" -- the first time a Zambian author has scooped the prestigious award.
5 things you need to know about Caine Prize winner Namwali Serpell
Described as "truly luminous" by Chair of the judges Zoe Wicomb, the story explores the fraught relationship between two men in a love triangle with a dead woman.
Here are some of the key things you need to know about the talented 34-year-old.
1. She's sharing her prize money
In accepting the award on Monday at Oxford University's Bodleian library, Serpell announced that she will be sharing her £10,000 ($15,400) prize money with the four other shortlisted writers.
"It felt like a way to make a statement about the way that these literary prizes work," she told CNN. "They don't always support writers, but rather use them to drum up some excitement. I don't think writing is a competitive sport."
Her entry was chosen over stories by two Nigerians and two South Africans; Nigerian writer and former Caine prize winner Segun Afolabi's "The Folded Leaf," Elnathan John's story "Flying," South African FT Kola's "A Party for the Colonel" and Masande Ntshanga's "Space."
"I tremendously respect and admire the writing of the other candidates, so it was very easy to do," she explained. "I don't think writers like to compete with each other for money."