Deadline: 15 November 2014
Open to: residents of a Commonwealth country
Prize: up to 5.000 GBR
Commonwealth Writers is the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation. It was created to inspire and connect writers and storytellers across the world. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize brings stories from new and emerging voices, often from countries with little or no publishing infrastructure, to the attention of an international audience.
You can enter in this competition if you:
- are citizen of a Commonwealth country;
- are aged 18 or more;
Also, there is no requirement for the writer to have current residence in a Commonwealth country, providing she/he is a citizen of a Commonwealth country, and when the writer has dual citizenship, the entry will be judged in the region where the writer is permanently resident.
The Commonwealth Short Story Prize brings stories from new and emerging voices, often from countries with little or no publishing infrastructure, to the attention of an international audience. Your story must meet the following criteria:
- Entries must be made by the writer;
- Entries will only be accepted via the online entry form;
- The deadline for receipt of entries is 15 November 2014 (12 noon GMT);
- Only one entry per writer may be submitted;
- The story must be the entrant’s own work;
- The story must be original and should not have been previously published anywhere in full or in part. Published work is taken to mean published in any printed, publicly accessible form, e.g. anthology, magazine, newspaper. It is also taken to mean published online, with the exception of personal blogs and personal websites;
- All entries must be in English. Translations of short stories written in languages other than English are eligible if submitted by the writer (not the translator) and provided the translator is a citizen of a Commonwealth country. Details of the translator must be stated on the entry;
- Entries must be 2,000 words minimum, 5,000 words maximum;
- Entries should be uploaded in a PDF document.
Each year, they select five winning writers from five different Commonwealth regions. One overall winner who receives £5000, and four regional winners who receive £2500 each.
You can submit your story here.