• Deadline: 1st November, 2017
  • Open to: Commonwealth countries
INTRODUCTION

The Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words) in English written by a citizen of a Commonwealth country. Short stories translated into English from other languages are also eligible, and we invite writers from Mozambique who write in Portuguese, and writers who write in Samoan, Swahili and Bengali, and who do not have an English translation of their story, to submit their stories in the original language.

ELIGIBILITY:
  • Have an unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words)
  • Be a member of a Commonwealth country.
  • 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.
  • Must be aged 18 years or over on 1 November 2016.
  • 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.
OTHER INFORMATION

All entries will be accepted at the discretion of the Commonwealth Foundation 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.

Selection Criteria: The international judging panel comprises one judge from each of the five regions – Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, the Caribbean and the Pacific. While the entries will be judged regionally, all judges will read and deliberate on entries from all regions.

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