Call for Submissions: 2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize


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The world’s most global literary prize – the 2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is now open for entries and they are seeking unheard and unusual stories.

The prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words). Apart from  English, stories are also accepted in the Bengali, Chinese, French, Greek, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Tamil and Turkish languages. Translated entries from any language into English are also eligible.

It is open to citizens of all Commonwealth countries and judged by an international panel, representing each of the five regions of the Commonwealth. Submissions can be made until 1 November 2020 (11.59 pm in any time zone) and is free to enter.

You can read the complete submission guidelines HERE and know the rules of participation from HERE.

Curious about the previous winners? Read the winning entries here.

Send in you entries through this form.

Prize: Regional winners each receive £2,500 and the opportunity to be published online by Granta magazine, and the overall winner receives £5,000. If the winning story is a translation, the translator receives additional prize money.

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