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Commonwealth Writers' Prizes (Short Story Prize) - 2020 Applications Sought

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The Commonwealth Foundation established the Commonwealth Writers' Prize in 1987 to encourage and reward the upsurge of new Commonwealth fiction and ensure that works of merit reach a wider audience outside their country of origin.

The objectives are to promote new voices, reward achievement, encourage wider readership and greater literacy, thereby increasing appreciation of different cultures and building understanding between cultures.

The prize consists of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. This prize enables writers to enter from countries where there is little or no publishing industry. Authors writing in languages other than English are also able to enter stories translated into English. The prize is intended to unearth and promote the best new writing from across the Commonwealth, developing literary connections worldwide.

The Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000-5,000 words).

There will be five winners; one from each region. One regional winner will be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5,000 and the remaining four regional winners £2,500.

Citizens of Commonwealth countries aged 18 or over may apply.

The deadline for submissions for the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is 1 November 2019.

How To Apply

This is an annual programme.

The 2020 Prize is open for submissions until 1 November 2019.

Note: The Commonwealth Book Prize is no longer available.

Assistance with submitting applications is available directly from Commonwealth Writers.

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Prize Administrator
    Commonwealth Writers
    Commonwealth Foundation
    Culture Programme
    Marlborough House
    Pall Mall
    SW1Y 5HY
    Tel: 020 7747 6262
    Email: [email protected]

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