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Awarded for Best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000 - 5,000 words)
Location Commonwealth countries
Presented by Commonwealth Foundation
First awarded 2012
Official website
This is for the prize est. in 2012. For the previous award see Commonwealth Short Story Competition

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded annually for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000 - 5,000 words). The prize is open to Commonwealth citizens aged 18 and over. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is administered by Commonwealth Writers, the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation which was set up in 2012 to inspire and connect writers and storytellers across the world.

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 2012-2013, 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, the Commonwealth Writers discontinued the Commonwealth Book Prize and focused solely on the Short Story Prize.[1]

Commonwealth Foundation[edit]

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.


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  1. ^ Tanya Batson-Savage (August 15, 2013). "Commonwealth Writers Snuffs the Book Prize: Focus on Commonwealth Short Story Prize". Susumba. Archived from the original on April 23, 2014. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 

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