There is one week left to enter for the 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. The deadline for submission for the 2019 prize is November 1, 2018.

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is an annual award for unpublished short fiction administered and funded by the Commonwealth Foundation.

The story should be adult fiction and must not have been written for children alone. There are no restrictions on setting, genre or theme.

Entries must be 2,000 words minimum, 5,000 words maximum.

Entries should be submitted in English, with the following exceptions: entries from Commonwealth citizens who write in Bengali, Chinese, Kiswahili, Greek, Malay, Portuguese, Turkish, Samoan and Tamil and who do not have an English translation of their story, may submit their stories in the original language.

Entry fees
The competition is free to enter.

Prizes
There will be five winners, one from each region (Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean, Pacific).
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.

The 2019 international judging panel, chaired by Kittitian-British writer Caryl Phillip, has been announced. Meet the judges here.

Phillips said of the Prize:

The short story offers a writer the opportunity to delve into character, explore difficult subject-matter, and be adventurous with form; in short, the writer can do all the things that they might do in a novel, but do so concisely. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize attracts entries which address a wide range of human experience in this complex multi-cultural and multi-racial world, and the prize is open to original stories written in English, or in a variety of other languages representing the diversity of the cultures which make up the Commonwealth.

Website
Please visit http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/our-projects/the-short-story/ to learn more about the competition.

 

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