Commonwealth Short Story Prize
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|Commonwealth Short Story Prize|
|Awarded for||Best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000 – 5,000 words)|
|Presented by||Commonwealth Writers|
The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded annually for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000 to 5,000 words). The prize is open to Commonwealth citizens aged 18 and over. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is managed by Commonwealth Writers, the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation, which was set up in 2012 to inspire, develop and connect writers and storytellers across the Commonwealth. The Prize replaced the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, a roughly similar competition that existed from 1996 to 2011 and was discontinued by the Commonwealth Foundation, along with the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.
The Prize is open to writers who have had little or no work published and particularly aimed at those places with little or no publishing industry. The prize aims to bring writing from these countries to the attention of an international audience. The stories need to be in English, but can be translated from other languages.
The overall winner receives £5,000 and the regional winner £2,500. During 2012–13, the regional received £1,000. Starting in 2014, the award for regional winners of the Short Story Prize was increased to £2,500. At the same time, Commonwealth Writers discontinued the Commonwealth Book Prize and focused solely on the Short Story Prize.
Commonwealth Writers is the cultural 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.
Regional winners and overall winners.
|2012||Africa||Jekwu Anyaegbuna||"Morrison Okoli (1955–2010)"||Nigeria|
|Asia||Anushka Jasraj||"Radio Story"||India|
|Canada and Europe||Andrea Mullaney||"The Ghost Marriage"||Scotland|
|Caribbean||Diana McCaulay||"The Dolphin Catcher"||Jamaica|
|Pacific||Emma Martin||"Two Girls in a Boat"||New Zealand|
|Africa||Julian Jackson||"The New Customers"||South Africa|
|Asia||Michael Mendis||"The Sarong-Man in the Old House, and an Incubus for a Rainy Night"||Sri Lanka|
|Canada and Europe||Eliza Robertson||"We Walked On Water"||Canada|
|Caribbean||Sharon Millar||"The Whale House"||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Pacific||Zoë Meager||"Things with Faces"||New Zealand|
|2014||Africa||Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi||"Let's Tell This Story Properly"||Uganda|
|Asia||Sara Adam Ang||"A Day in the Death"||Singapore|
|Canada and Europe||Lucy Caldwell||"Killing Time"||United Kingdom|
|Caribbean||Maggie Harris||"Sending for Chantal"||Guyana|
|Pacific||Lucy Treloar||"The Dog and the Sea"||Australia|
|2015||Africa||Lesley Nneka Arimah||"Light"||Nigeria|
|Asia||Siddhartha Gigoo||"The Umbrella Man"||India|
|Canada and Europe||Jonathan Tel||"The Human Phonograph"||United Kingdom|
|Caribbean||Kevin Jared Hosein||"The King of Settlement 4"||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Pacific||Mary Rokonadravu||"Famished Eels"||Fiji|
|2016||Africa||Faraaz Mahomed||"The Pigeon"||South Africa|
|Asia||Parashar Kulkarni||"Cow and Company"||India|
|Canada and Europe||Stephanie Seddon||"Eel"||United Kingdom|
|Caribbean||Lance Dowrich||"Ethelbert and the Free Cheese"||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Pacific||Tina Makereti||"Black Milk"||New Zealand|
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