Commonwealth Writers

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Commonwealth Short Story Prize
Commonwealth Writers Logo
Awarded for Best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000 - 5,000 words)
Location Commonwealth countries
Presented by Commonwealth Foundation
First awarded 2012
Official website
This is for org. est. in 2011. For the previous awards see Commonwealth Writers' Prize

Commonwealth Writers (est. 2011) is an initiative by the Commonwealth Foundation to unearth, develop and promote the best new fiction from across the Commonwealth. Its flagship is a literary award for short stories and a website.[1] As one of the Commonwealth Foundation’s culture programmes, Commonwealth Writers works in partnership with international literary organisations, the wider cultural industries and civil society to help writers develop their craft.[2] Partners include the BBC World Service, the British Council, English PEN, Granta, Hay Festival, the Prince Claus Fund, the Sigrid Rausing Trust, the Brunel University African Poetry Prize, and others.[3]


The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000- 5,000 words). Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000. The prize is open to Commonwealth citizens aged 18 or over.

The Commonwealth Book Prize is a now defunct award for best first book, active from 2012 to 2013. The Commonwealth Book Prize was open to writers who had their first novel (full-length work of fiction) published in the year of entry. Regional winners received £2,500 and the overall winner received £10,000.

Related earlier awards were called the Commonwealth Writers' Prize which were active from 1987 to 2011.[4]

Commonwealth Foundation[edit]

Commonwealth Writers is part of the Culture programme of the Commonwealth Foundation. The Commonwealth Foundation is an intergovernmental organisation established in 1965, resourced by and reporting to Commonwealth governments, and guided by Commonwealth values and priorities. It aims is to strengthen civil society in the achievement of Commonwealth priorities - democracy and good governance, respect for human rights and gender equality, poverty eradication and sustainable, people-centred development, and to promote arts and culture.[5]


  1. ^ "Launch of Commonwealth Writers Website", TLC The Literary Consultancy, 8 February 2012.
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  3. ^ Partners, Commonwealth Writers.
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