Financial awards to encourage and reward the upsurge of new Commonwealth fiction and ensure that works of merit reach a wider audience outside their country of origin.
The prize consists of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. This Prize enables writers to enter from countries where there is little or no publishing industry. Authors writing in languages other than English are also able to enter stories translated into English. The Prize is intended to unearth and promote the best new writing from across the Commonwealth, developing literary connections worldwide.
The Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000-5,000 words).
There will be five winners; one from each region. One regional winner will be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5,000 and the remaining four regional winners £2,500.
If the winning short story is a translation into English, the translator will receive additional prize money: £2,000 for the overall winning story and £1,000 for a regional winning story.
The Commonwealth Foundation (CF) is an intergovernmental organisation, resourced by and reporting to Commonwealth governments, and guided by Commonwealth values and priorities.
Its mandate is to strengthen civil society in the achievement of Commonwealth priorities, particularly those related to democracy and good governance, respect for human rights and gender equality, poverty eradication and sustainable, people-centred development, and to promote arts and culture.
The Commonwealth Foundation established the Commonwealth Writers' Prize in 1987 to encourage and reward the upsurge of new Commonwealth fiction and ensure that works of merit reach a wider audience outside their country of origin.
The objectives of the prize are to promote new voices, reward achievement, encourage wider readership and greater literacy, thereby increasing appreciation of different cultures and building understanding between cultures.
Publishers are strongly advised to enter first books in the Best First Book category, but may choose to enter them in the Best Book category.
Publishers must obtain the author's consent before submitting his/her book.
Citizens of Commonwealth countries aged 18 or over with works first published between the designated dates.
Match funding is not a stipulated requirement of this programme.
Currently closed. The deadline for submissions for the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize was 1 November 2016.
Details and deadline information for any future rounds will be reported when available.
Note: The Commonwealth Book Prize is no longer available.
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Assistance with submitting applications is available directly from Commonwealth Writers.