The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is an award given for the best unpublished short story that has a minimum of 2,000 words and a maximum of 5,000 words.
The prize was set up in 2012 to inspire, develop and connect writers and storytellers across the Commonwealth; it was the replacement for the Commonwealth Short Story Competition that was discontinued in 2011.
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This prize is open to everyone and is free; the stories are to be written in English but can be translated from other languages. The overall winner receives a sum of 5,000 Pounds and the regional winner receives 2,000 Pounds.
The Past Overall Winners Are:
2012: Emma Martin for Two Girls in a Boat. (Pacific)
2013: Eliza Robertson for We Walked On Water. (Canada and Europe)
Sharon Millar for the Whale House. (Caribbean)
2014: Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi for Let’s Tell This Story Properly. (Africa)
2015: Jonathan Tel for the Human Photograph. (Canada and Europe)
2016: Parashar Kulkarni for Cow and Company. (Asia)
2017: Ingrid Persaud for The Sweet Sop. (Caribbean)