The 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize shortlist has been announced – including seven Asian writers.
The prize – which aims to “brings stories from new and emerging voices, often from countries with little or no publishing infrastructure, to the attention of an international audience” – received nearly 4,000 entries from 47 countries this year.
26 stories by writers from 11 countries make up the shortlist.
The prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction in English, translations also eligible. Five winners from the five different Commonwealth regions are selected, winning £2,500 (about R53,000) each, with the overall winner receiving £5,000 (about R106,000).
The 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize shortlist (Asian writers in bold):