Commonwealth Writers has re-focused its prizes to concentrate on the Short Story. It will no longer offer the Commonwealth Book Prize.
The Short Story Prize aims to identify talented writers who will go on to inspire their local communities. Commonwealth Writers develops the craft of individual writers and builds communities of emerging voices which can influence the decision-making processes affecting their lives.
The 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize will be chaired byEllah Allfrey, Deputy Chair of the Council of the Caine Prize and previously Deputy Editor of Granta and Senior Editor at Jonathan Cape, Random House.
The Short Story Prize enables writers to enter work 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 unearths and promotes 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The Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2000-5000 words). Regional winners will receive £2,500 and the Overall Winner will receive £5,000. Translators will receive additional prize money.
The 2014 Short Story Prize will is open for entry and will close on 30 November 2013. Entries can be made via the online application form.
Click here to download the eligibility and entry rules: 2014CSSP_EligibiltyEntryrules
Commonwealth Writers is delighted to continue its partnership with Granta Magazine to give the overall and regional winners of the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize the opportunity to have their story edited and published by Granta online.
This year Commonwealth Writers is pleased to announce a new association with the London-based literary and media agency Blake Friedmann, which will work with selected writers identified through the Prize.