Call for entries: 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize


The Commonwealth Foundation has made the call for entries for the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize.  Part of Commonwealth Writers, the prizes unearth, develop and promote the best new writing from across the Commonwealth.

Expanding the breadth of the Prizes to translated and self-published books opens up more opportunities for people in countries with little or no publishing infrastructure and to those who are writing in a language other than English.
“This year’s exciting expansion of the Prizes gives even more writers the chance to be heard. It also brings a greater diversity of stories from all parts of the world to Commonwealth Writers’ growing international readership.”
Lucy Hannah, Programme Manager, Commonwealth Foundation
Awarded for best first book, the Commonwealth Book Prize is open to writers who have had their first novel (full length work of fiction) published between 1 January and 31 December 2012. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £10,000.
“This year’s decision to include translated and self-published works will finally unite the tributaries of fiction and imagination from diverse corners of the Commonwealth into one powerful, rushing river of new writings, from which the best will be selected, recognized and celebrated. “
Godfrey Smith, Chair, Commonwealth Book Prize
The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2000-5000 words). Regional winners receive £1,000 and the overall winner receives £5,000.
Commonwealth Writers is delighted to partner with Granta Magazine again this year to give the overall and regional winners of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize the opportunity to have their stories edited and published by Granta online.
“Among the things I am most looking forward to, is the breadth and variety of short stories from the Commonwealth. In a textured and memorable way, the short story captures lives, and gives us glimpses into other worlds, more than a news interview or a factual report can ever give us. I love the short story as a form; often wrongly seen as easier than say a novel, it is, if anything, very difficult. But all the more satisfying for that, for both reader and writer.”
Razia Iqbal, Chair, Commonwealth Short Story Prize
The winners of both prizes will be announced at the end of May 2013.
Commonwealth Writers is a cultural programme from the Commonwealth Foundation which inspires and enables people, through dialogue, to engage in the decision-making processes which affect their lives. With a focus on emerging new voices, the prizes create spaces for the free expression and exchange of ideas, helping people to share stories, access opportunities and develop their craft.