The 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
The Commonwealth Short Story
Prize is an annual award for unpublished short fiction
administered and funded by the Commonwealth
Foundation. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is
part of Commonwealth Writers the cultural initiative
from the Commonwealth Foundation.
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The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story
Prize will receive £5,000 and the remaining four
regional winners £2,500
The Commonwealth Foundation
The story should be adult fiction and must not have
been written for children alone. There are no
restrictions on setting, genre or theme.
November 1, 2016.
Please read these eligibility and entry rules before
beginning the online entry process.
Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of the entry rules.
Entries must be submitted via the online entry form by 1 November 2016 (11.59pm in any time zone)
No entries will be considered if submitted after this
Entrants must be citizens of a Commonwealth country
– please see Section 4 for the list of Commonwealth
countries. 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.
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.
Entrants must be aged 18 years or over on 1
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.
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.
Entries must be made by the writer.
Entries will only be accepted via the online entry form.
The deadline for receipt of entries is 1 November 2016.
Only one entry per writer may be submitted for the
Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
The story must be the entrant’s own work.
The story must be original and should not have been
published anywhere in full or in part before 1 May
2017. 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.
Entries previously submitted to the Commonwealth
Short Story Prize are not eligible.
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.
Entries must be 2,000 words minimum, 5,000 words
maximum. 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. If it is not possible to save the entry as a PDF document, it may be uploaded as a Microsoft Word document, with the file name in the same format as above. The first page should include the name of the story and the number of words.
The author’s details should be included on the entry
form. They must not be given anywhere on the
uploaded document. All entries are judged
anonymously. Where applicable, the translator’s details should be included on the entry form.
All entries should be submitted in Arial 12 point font
and double line spacing. All pages should be numbered and include a header with the title of the story. There are no restrictions on setting, genre or theme. The story should be adult fiction and must not have been written for children alone.
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.
Worldwide copyright of each story remains with the
writer. Commonwealth Writers 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. The overall and regional winners will be expected to take part in publicity activities including social media where possible.
The overall and regional winners will be expected to
undertake a mutually acceptable programme of
regional outreach activities to develop and
For any entry or eligibility queries not covered below,
please email email@example.com for
clarification before submitting an entry.