It is once again time for writers to take a crack at the Commonwealth Short Story Prize which opened for submissions for its 2019 edition earlier this month. Every year since 2012, the prize has been awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000-5,000 words) in English.
There will be five winners, one from each of the five Commonwealth regions. One regional winner will be selected as the overall winner of the prize and will receive £5,000 pounds as a reward while the regional winners receive £2,500.
Anybody who is 18 years and older and is from a Commonwealth country is eligible for the prize. Although the stories must be in English, translated entries are also eligible, as are stories written in the original Bengali, Chinese, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan and Tamil.
The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is managed by the Commonwealth Writers, who believe that well-told stories can help people make sense of events, engage with others and take action to bring about change.
The winner of the 2019 prize will join the likes of Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Lesley Nneka Arimah who were winners in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
The deadline for submission is the 1st of November, leaving a little more than a month for writers to work on their stories and submit if they haven’t already done so. So dig out that story from that forgotten folder in your laptop, polish it, and head on over to www.commonwealthwriters.org to submit. Who knows? You could be the next winner!