The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2000-5000 words). It has been open for entries from 18 October 2011. The deadline for the submission of entry forms is 30 November 2011 (5pm GMT). The prize is open to Commonwealth citizens aged 18 or over from the regions Africa; Asia; Canada and Europe; the Caribbean; and the Pacific.
Regional winners receive £1,000 and the overall winner receives £5,000. The winners will be announced in June 2012.
Chair of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, Bernardine Evaristo said “This wonderful prize will turn the spotlight on the increasingly popular short story form and aims to support and encourage short story writers worldwide.”
The Commonwealth Foundation is also calling for entries for the Commonwealth Book Prize. The Commonwealth Book Prize will be awarded for best first book and is open to writers who have had their first novel (full length work of fiction) published between 1 January and 31 December 2011. Like the Commonwealth Short Story Prize it is open to Commonwealth citizens aged 18 or over from the regions Africa; Asia; Canada and Europe; the Caribbean; and the Pacific. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £10,000.
The prizes are part of a new initiative, Commonwealth Writers, an online hub to inspire, inform and create a community of writers from all over the world. Commonwealth Writers, coupled with the prizes, signal a renewal of the organizers’ mission to unearth, develop and promote the best new fiction from across the Commonwealth.
For rules, entry and eligibility information visit http://www.commonwealthwriters.org