There are less than four weeks left to enter the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
Entries close 30 November 2013.
The prize is free to enter, and awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000-5,000 words) in English. Regional winners will receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000. Short stories translated into English from other languages are also eligible.
The 2014 judging panel will be chaired by Ellah Allfrey, Deputy Chair of the Council of the Caine Prize, and previously Deputy Editor of Granta and Senior Editor at Jonathan Cape, Random House. The judges are: Doreen Baingana, Michelle de Kretser, Marlon James, Courttia Newland and Jeet Thayil.
“My hope is that writers from across the Commonwealth will be encouraged to send us stories that bring us news of wherever they are, in the wide variety of voices and accents that make up the English language. It would be wonderful to see submissions from bold stylists and stories that experiment with the form as well as more traditional approaches to the short story. This prize celebrates the power of the short story to spin a tale that concentrates experience and character in such specificity that the local is transformed to significance far beyond its borders. This is the magic of good writing, and this is what I hope we will find.” Ellah Allfrey, Chair, 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize
Commonwealth Writers is continuing its partnership with Granta Magazine to give the overall and regional winners of the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize the opportunity to have their story edited and published by Granta online.
This year we are pleased to announce a new association with the London-based literary and media agency Blake Friedmann, who will work with selected writers identified through the Prize.
Got this in the mail the other day from the NOC or Cycling Association (or both)…worth sharing (the relevant parts of it anyway) to the writers and artists who stop by here…take your shot.
The Commonwealth Day (March 11th 2013)
is was celebrated annually in all commonwealth nations, this year under the theme “Opportunity Through Enterprise” and encourages imagination, creativity, and a positive attitude to grasp the opportunities of our time…along with the Commonwealth Day celebrations, we will be launching two competitions:
Antigua and Barbuda Glasgow 2014 Official Pin Competition – We will be inviting the public to submit designs for the Antigua and Barbuda’s Glasgow pin. The winning design with be immortalized as the official pin to be worn by the Antigua and Barbuda delegation at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and will win the grand prize of a 24 inch colour flat screen television; and
The Commonwealth Essay Competition – The Royal Commonwealth Society is once again holding their annual Commonwealth Essay Competition. This international writing competition encourages youth 18 and under to nurture their creative writing skills on selected topics about this year’s theme – “Opportunity Through Enterprise”. The contest is free to enter and prizes range from winning resources for their school to a trip to London, England. The deadline to enter is May 1st, 2013 and entries can be submitted online. Please visit their website for more details- http://www.thercs.org/youth
I checked out the latter and…
Organised by the RCS, this international youth writing contest has been running for over 100 years – the world’s oldest and largest – and is a highly regarded and popular international education project.
Open to all Commonwealth citizens aged 18 or under, the Essay Competition offers young people the opportunity to make their voice heard on a global platform, encouraging students to engage with issues which are important to them.