The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is an annual award for unpublished short fiction administered and funded by the Commonwealth Foundation. It is run by Commonwealth Writers, the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation. The prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words) and covers the Commonwealth regions of Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean and Pacific.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. Please note that while the entries will be judged regionally, all judges will read and deliberate on entries from all regions. The final selection will be judged by an international judging panel. Experienced readers will assist the named judges in selecting the long list.
Regional winners each receive £2,500 and the opportunity to be published online by Granta magazine, and the overall winner receives £5,000. As well as English, stories are accepted in the Bengali, Chinese, French, Greek, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Tamil and Turkish languages. Translated entries from any language into English are also eligible. If the winning story is a translation, the translator receives additional prize money.
The competition is free to enter and open to any citizen of a Commonwealth country who is aged 18 and over.
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