Commonwealth Short Story Short List 2016

Just letting you know that the regional winners of this prize have been announced. They area:

Africa
Faraaz Mahomed, The Pigeon, South Africa

Asia
Parashar Kulkarni, Cow and Company, India

Canada and Europe
Stefanie Seddon, Eel, United Kingdom

Caribbean
Lance Dowrich, Ethelbert and the Free Cheese, Trinidad and Tobago

Pacific
Tina Makereti, Black Milk, New Zealand

The five stories from the five regions cover very different subject matter: coming of age in New Zealand, a culture in twilight, an advertising campaign for chewing gum in 1920s India, love and guilt in South Africa, and a tale of life and work exuberantly told in the language of Trinidad.

The regional winners will now compete to be selected as the Overall Winner of the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, to be announced at the Calabash International Literary Festival in Jamaica on 5 June. In the words of Calabash’s Artistic Director Kwame Dawes:

“In one generous gesture of righteous collaboration, Commonwealth Writers has given Calabash exactly the kind of gift that our audience relishes, an opportunity to enjoy and celebrate the best new writing from around the world. We are honoured and excited to be the stage on which this announcement will be made.”

Commonwealth Writers has partnered with Granta magazine to give regional winners of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize the opportunity to be published by Granta online. The stories will be published every Wednesday from today until 1 June.

Wadadli Pen

I’ve been meaning to post about this but I’ve been backed up. But better late than never. Congratulations to all the writers making the Commonwealth Short Story Short List. If you entered and that’s not you, don’t be discouraged. That’s not platitudes. I’m someone who enjoys experimenting and testing myself with the short story form and who, as a journeying writer, stretches toward every opportunity I can alllmost reach for, who continues to receive more than my fair share of rejections (that’s the cycle, submit, shake it off, submit again, and every now and again go crazy celebrating that w/in), and who’s had to stem the disappointment as far as this prize is concerned. The closest I’ve gotten to the main draw is my selection for the Commonwealth short story prize for the collection entitled Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean. It was encouraging to know I’d…

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