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Submission opens for Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2020

  • Published at 06:23 pm September 17th, 2019
Commonwealth Short Story Prize

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The 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is open for submissions till November 1, 2019. 

The competition accepts unpublished short stories from writers who are citizens of a Commonwealth country. 

In an announcement published on the website of Commonwealth Writers, the prize committee says, “The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words) in English. Translated entries are also eligible, as are stories written in the original Bengali, Chinese, French, Greek, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Tamil and Turkish. If the winning story is in translation, the translator receives additional prize money.” 

The competition is free to enter, the announcement adds.

Funded by Commonwealth Foundation, this prize covers five commonwealth regions: Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean and Pacific. 

An international judging panel that comprises one judge from each region will select five regional winners from the entries. Afterward, one of them will be awarded as the overall winner. 

The overall winner will receive £5,000 and the remaining four regional winners will get £2,500.   

Cypriot writer Constantia Soteriou’s story “Death Customs”, translated from Greek to English by Lina Protopapa, won the prize last year.  

For further information and submission, click here.