Commonwealth prizes get face-lift for 25th year



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The Commonwealth Foundation is moving into the 21st Century, and it’s taking the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Commonwealth Short Story competition along with it.

The two literary contests will be modernising and re-launching under a new programme titled “Commonwealth Writers - A World of New Fiction.” The move marks the foundation’s 25th year and will include a new website, more creative writing activities within regional communities, increased prize money, and the publication of an anthology of the winning short stories.

Other notable changes include the scrapping of the Best Book award. Instead it will be replaced by the Commonwealth Book Prize which will be awarded for best first book published in the preceding year. Regional winners will receive £2,500 and the overall winner will get £10,000.

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize will still be awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction of between 2,000 and 5,000 words. Regional winners will £1,000 and the overall winner will bag £5,000.

The regions are Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. Both prizes are open to Commonwealth citizens aged 18 or over. The closing date for entries for the Commonwealth Book Prize is December 9, 2011 with last receipt of books by post no later than December 16; and the closing date for entries for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize is November 30, 2011.

Rules and eligibility information, and online entry forms will be available at the programme's website from October 18 2011.

Check it out at: http://www.commonwealthwriters.org

Comments

  • Thanks for this. I would be looking at it carefully…

    Posted by Nana Fredua-Agyeman on September 27, 2011
  • Wao! This is a wonderful news.
    I encourage every young writer to grab this opportunity. I will apply for the short story prize and i will win. Watch out!

    Posted by Obinna Udenwe on September 28, 2011

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