Commonwealth Writers story prize opens

By EMMA D’COSTA – posted on PNG Attitude blog
Commonwealth Writers

LONDON – Submissions are now open for the 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Writers can submit entries until midnight on 1 November 2021.

We are looking for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words).

There is no entry fee and the prize is open to citizens of all Commonwealth countries aged 18 and over, including Papua New Guineans.

Shortlisted entries and regional winners will be announced next year, and the overall winner will be announced at an award ceremony in June 2022.

The overall winner will receive £5,000 (K24,000), whilst the five regional winners will receive £2,500 (K12,000) each.

All finalists will also receive a free membership from The London Library and have their story published in Granta magazine.

Now into its second decade, the prize has been career-changing for many writers.

It showcases their work to a global platform and connects them with a network of talented writers and dedicated readers.

Ingrid Persaud (Russell Watson)

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

The prize has historically accepted pieces written in or translated into English, and written in other languages.

If the winning story is a translation, the translator receives additional prize money.

There is a new addition for this year’s prize: the Creole languages of the Commonwealth. Tok Pisin is a Creole language.

Read more about language, and other eligibility rules, here.

So writers, start or polish up your story today and submit it to the 2022 prize.

And spread the word among your writing community and friends.

Link here to the Commonwealth Writers website.

With thanks to Arthur Williams

Published by Ples Singsing

Ples Singsing is envisioned to be a new platform for Papua Niuginian expressions of creativity, ingenuity and originality in art and culture. We deliberately highlight these two very broad themes as they can encompass the diverse subjects, from technology, medicine and architecture to linguistics, music, fishing, gardening et cetera. Papua Niuginian ways of thinking, living, believing, communicating, dying and so on can cover the gamut of academic, journalistic or opinionated writing and we believe that unless we give ourselves a platform to talk about and discuss these things in an open, free and non-exclusively academic space that they may remain the fodder for academics, journalists and other types of writers alone. New social media platforms have given every individual a personal space to share their feelings and ideas openly, sometimes without immediate censure. The Ples Singsing writer’s blog would like to provide another more structured platform for Papua Niuginian expressions in written, visual and audio formats while also providing some regulation of the type and content of materials to be shared publicly.

One thought on “Commonwealth Writers story prize opens

  1. This is a great and lovely opportunity for the voiceless, the unspoken words,the hopeless faith of potential good writers (who not know what’s out there for them) to speak up through such mediums of expression. Thank you once again for such an opportunity.


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