The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is an annual award for unpublished short fiction by writers from Commonwealth countries. The prize is run by Commonwealth Writers, the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation.
The prize covers the Commonwealth regions of Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean and Pacific.
The international judging panel comprises one judge from each of the five regions. There will be five winners, one from each region. One regional winner will be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5,000 and the remaining four regional winners £2,500. If the winning short story is a translation into English, the translator will receive additional prize money.
Last year’s overall winner was Kevin Jared Hosein from Trinidad and Tobago for his short story Passage which the judges praised for being a story that delivers “all a reader could want from the short story form; a truly crafted piece of fiction that transports the reader into another world, upends expectations, and questions the nature of narratives and narrative consequence.”
Deadline for submissions is 1 November 2018 (11.59pm in any time zone)
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