The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is an annual award for unpublished short fiction administered and funded by the Commonwealth Foundation. Fifty-three countries are members of the Commonwealth. These countries span Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific and are diverse – they are amongst the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries. Thirty-one of member states are classified as small states – countries with a population size of 1.5 million people or less and larger member states that share similar characteristics with them.

Commonwealth Writers is the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation. It was created to inspire and connect writers and storytellers across the world. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize brings stories from new and emerging voices, often from countries with little or no publishing infrastructure, to the attention of an international audience. Each year, they select five winning writers from five different Commonwealth regions.

Award

  • The overall winner will receive £5000.
  • Four regional winners will receive £2500 each.

Eligibility

  • Entries must be made by the writer.
  • The story must be the entrant’s own work.
  • Only one entry per writer may be submitted.
  • Entries will only be accepted via the online entry form.
  • Entrants must be citizens of a Commonwealth country. See list of Commonwealth countries.
  • Entrants must be aged 18 years or above.
  • For regional purposes, entries will be judged by country of citizenship. Where the writer has dual citizenship, the entry will be judged in the region where the writer is permanently resident.
  • There is no requirement for the writer to have current residence in a Commonwealth country, providing she/he is a citizen of a Commonwealth country.
  • The story must be original and should not have been previously published anywhere in full or in part. Published work is taken to mean published in any printed, publicly accessible form, e.g. anthology, magazine, newspaper. It is also taken to mean published online, with the exception of personal blogs and personal websites.
  • All entries will be accepted at the discretion of Commonwealth Writers which will exercise its judgement, in consultation with the prize chair as necessary, in ruling on questions of eligibility. The ruling of the chair on questions of eligibility is final, and no further correspondence will be entered into.

Application Process

  • Read the rules of the competition
  • Fill out an Entry Form
  • Entries must be minimum of 2,000 words and maximum of 5,000 words.
  • All entries must be in English. Translations of short stories written in languages other than English are eligible if submitted by the writer (not the translator) and provided the translator is a citizen of a Commonwealth country. Details of the translator must be stated on the entry.
  • Entries should be uploaded in a PDF document.

Application Deadline: November 15, 2014

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