Commonwealth Foundation Accepting Entries for 2022 Short Story Prize

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Dato’ Sudha Devi K.R. Vasudevan
Chair of the Commonwealth Foundation

The Commonwealth Foundation is accepting entries for its 2022 Short Story Prize, a cultural initiative that seeks to promote talented writers from across the Commonwealth by bringing their short stories to an international stage.

Now into its second decade, the Prize has been career-changing for many writers, showcasing their work to a global audience and connecting them with a network of dedicated storytellers and readers.

It was the springboard for 2017 winner Ingrid Persaud who published her debut novel ‘Love After Love’ to great acclaim last year, and 2020 winner Kritika Pandey who secured her dream agent and is now working on her first novel.

There is no entry is fee to enter and it is open to every citizen of a Commonwealth country who is aged 18 and above. It is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction which must be between 2,000 to 5,000 words.

Regional winners will each receive £2,500, while the overall winner will receive £5,000. All finalists will also receive a free membership from The London Library and have their piece published in Granta magazine.

Entries will be judged by a panel of judges representing each of the five regions of the Commonwealth.

Written stories can be in English, Bengali, Chinese, Creole, French, Greek, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Tamil and Turkish languages. Translated entries from any language into English are also eligible.

Additional prize money will be given to the translator if the winning story is a translation.

The deadline for receipt of entries is November 1, 2021 (11.59 pm in any time zone).

For more information on eligibility rules and submission of entries please visit

https://www.commonwealthwriters.org/shortstoryprize/info/.