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Open to:  Citizens of a Commonwealth country.

Award: £5000 and four regional winners £2500.

Each year, we select five winning writers from five different Commonwealth regions. One overall winner who receives £5000, and four regional winners who receive £2500 each. This year’s Commonwealth Short Story Prize is part-funded by The Sigrid Rausing Trust.

Eligibility and entry rules:

Please read these eligibility and entry rules before beginning the online entry process. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of the entry rules. For any entry or eligibility queries not covered below, please email [email protected] for clarification before submitting an entry.

1. About the Prize:

  • The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is an annual award for unpublished short fiction administered and funded by the Commonwealth Foundation.
  • The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is part of Commonwealth Writers, the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation.
  • The prize covers the Commonwealth regions of 1. Africa, 2. Asia, 3. Canada and Europe, 4.
  • Caribbean and 5. Pacific. (See Section 4 for countries in each region).
  • 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 receives £5,000 and the remaining four regional winners £2,500. If the winning short story is a translation into English, the translator receives additional prize money:  £2,000 for the overall winning story and £1,000 for a regional winning story.
  • The final selection will be judged by an international judging panel; experienced readers will assist the named judges in selecting the long lists.

2. Eligibility:

  • Entrants must be citizens of a Commonwealth country – please see Section 4 for the list of Commonwealth countries. We will request verification of citizenship before winners are selected. Writers from non-Commonwealth countries (including the Republic of Ireland and Zimbabwe) are not eligible.
  • For regional purposes, entries will be judged by country of citizenship. Where the writer has dual citizenship, the entry will be judged in the region where the writer is permanently resident.
  • Entrants must be aged 18 years or over.
  • 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.
  • All entries will be accepted at the discretion of Commonwealth Writers which will exercise its judgement, in consultation with the prize chair as necessary, in ruling on questions of eligibility. The ruling of the chair on questions of eligibility is final, and no further correspondence will be entered into.

3. Entry rules:

  • 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.
  • Entries previously submitted to the Commonwealth Short Story Prize are not eligible.
  • 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. Please save your document as a PDF and use the title of the story as the file name. Please note the story must not be saved as ‘Commonwealth Story’, ‘Short Story’ or any other generic title.  If it is not possible to save the entry as a PDF document, it may be uploaded as a Microsoft Word document, with the file name in the same format as above. The first page should include the name of the story and  the number of words (and details of the translator if it is a story written in a language other than English).
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Open to:  Citizens of a Commonwealth country. Award: £5000 and four regional winners £2500. Each year, we select five winning writers from five different Commonwealth regions. One overall winner who receives £5000, and four regional winners who receive £2500 each. This year’s Commonwealth Short Story Prize is part-funded by The Sigrid...
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