Call for entries: Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Call for entries: Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Opening date: 24 October 2012

Closing date: Entries must be submitted via the online entry form by Tuesday 4 December 2012 (12 noon GMT) No entries will be considered if submitted after 4 December 2012 (12 noon GMT).

Complete Entry Rules

Frequently asked questions

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1. About the Prize

a. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is an annual award for unpublished short fiction administered and funded by the Commonwealth Foundation.

b. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is part of Commonwealth Writers, a pan-Commonwealth initiative which unearths and develops new writers.

c. The prize covers the Commonwealth regions of 1. Africa, 2. Asia, 3. Canada and Europe, 4. Caribbean and 5. Pacific. (see Section 4 for countries in each region).

d. 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 £1,000. If the winning short story is a translation into English, the overall winner will receive £3,750 and translator will receive £1,250; and the regional winners will receive £750 and the translator will receive £250.

e. The final selection will be judged by an international judging panel; experienced readers will assist the named judges in selecting the long lists.

2. Eligibility

a. Entrants must be citizens of a Commonwealth country. The Commonwealth Foundation will request verification of citizenship before winners are selected. Writers from non-Commonwealth countries (including the Republic of Ireland and Zimbabwe) are not eligible.

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. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over.

d. 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.

e. 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.

3. Entry rules

a. Entries must be made by the writer

b. Entries will only be accepted via the online entry form.

c. The deadline for receipt of entries is 4 December 2012 (12 noon GMT).

d. Only one entry per writer may be submitted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

e. The story must be the entrant’s own work.

f. 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.

g. Entries previously submitted to the Commonwealth Short Story Prize are not eligible.

h. All entries must be in English. Translations of short stories written in languages other than English are eligible if submitted by the writer (not the translator) and provided the translator is a citizen of a Commonwealth country. Details of the translator must be stated on the entry. If successful a proportion of the prize money will be awarded to the translator.

i. Entries must be 2,000 words minimum, 5,000 words maximum.

j. Entries should be uploaded in a PDF document. Please save your document as a PDF and use the title of the story as the file name. Please note the story must not be saved as ‘Commonwealth Story’, ‘Short
Story’ or any other generic title. The first page should include the name of the story and the number of words (and details of the translator if it is a story written in a language other than English).

k. The author’s details should be included in the entry form. They must not be given anywhere on the uploaded document. All entries are judged anonymously.

l. All entries should be submitted in Ariel 12 point font and double line spacing.

m. There are no restrictions on setting, genre or theme.

n. The story should be adult fiction and must not have been written for children alone.

o. 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.

p. Worldwide copyright of each story remains with the writer. The Commonwealth Foundation will have the unrestricted right to publish the winning stories (the overall winning story and the four regional winning stories) in an anthology and for promotional purposes.
q. The overall and regional winners will be expected to take part in publicity activities including social media where possible.

r. The overall and regional winners will be expected to undertake a mutually acceptable programme of regional outreach activities to develop and promote Commonwealth Writers.

14 thoughts on “Call for entries: Commonwealth Short Story Prize” by Admin (@ogaoga)

    1. You better submit something and stop ‘hmmmn-ing’!!!!

  1. hmmmm….eeenie meenie ….uhm

  2. Hope to win it this time.

  3. Now the question should have been: to write or not to write, but the universal alibi offered by my wandering muse kinda leaves several room to wiggle.
    We’ll see…

  4. This one is for us.

    1. Us? Only one african!

  5. Good luck to you that will write.

  6. I will write, but,may not submit.

    1. Lemme get my pen.

  7. still dilly dallying and shilly shallying?

  8. pleasure (@basittjamiu)

    nice one from naija stories.

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