The commonwealth short story prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction from 2000 – 5000 words. Submissions must be made by the author of the short story in order to meet eligibility criteria. Regional winners receive £1,000 and the overall winner receives £5,000.
Open for entries from 18 October 2011.
Entry forms must be submitted no later than 30 November 2011 (5pm GMT).
a) Entries must be made by the writer
b) 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.
c) One entry per writer.
d) The story must be the entrant’s own work.
e) The story must be original and should not have been previously published anywhere in full or in part. Published work is taken to mean published in any printed, publicly accessible form, e.g. anthology, magazine, newspaper. It is also taken to mean published online, with the exception of personal blogs and personal websites.
f) All entries must be written in English.
g) Entries must be 2,000 words minimum, 5,000 words maximum.
h) Entries must be uploaded in a PDF or word document (or equivalent). All entries must be submitted in Ariel 12 point font and double line spacing. The first page should include the name of the story and the number of words.
i) The author’s details should be included in the entry form, they must not be given anywhere on the uploaded document;
j) There are no theme or genre restrictions
k) The story should be adult fiction and must not have been written for children alone
l) Entrants agree as a condition of entry that the prize organisers may publicise the fact that a story has been entered or shortlisted for the Prize.
m) Entries will not be returned.
n) For any other entry or eligibility queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org for clarification before submitting an entry.
Read the rest of the details at the commonwealthwriters.org website