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Release: Short Story Prize Deadline

Release: 24 October 2018

There is one week left the enter the 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

The Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words). Entries can be made in Bengali, Chinese, English, Greek, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Tamil and Turkish, and in translation into English from any language. The Prize is free to enter.

Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000.

The 2019 international judging panel, chaired by Kittitian-British writer Caryl Phillips (above), 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.

Click here to enter