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The prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words).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.
Out of the twenty writers from the Commonwealth who have made it to the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2014 shortlist, two of the writers are from Singapore.
They are Yu-Mei Balasingamchow (for her story Grandmother) and Sara Adam Ang (for her story A Day in the Death).
They are the only two Asian writers on the list. Read more
Granta publishes the winning entry in The Commonwealth Short Story Prize from the Asia (Sri Lanka), Michael Mendis’ ‘The Sarong-Man in the Old House, and an Incubus for a Rainy Night’, and an interview with the author.
Wijey was a rich little boy, unlike Krishnan. With a lot of books lined against his bedroom wall, the Dickenses and the Flemings on two opposite sides. His shiny prefect’s badge from middle-school, sitting primly on the dresser, next to the bottle of Old Spice he never wore because he didn’t like the smell. They were all there: little pieces of imported wealth that he had arrayed around himself, in case anyone wanted to know why he was important.