The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words) in English. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000.
- Entrants must be citizens of a Commonwealth country. The Commonwealth Foundation will request confirmation of citizenship before winners are nominated.
- For regional purposes, entries will be judged by country of citizenship.
- There is no requirement for the writer to have current residence in a Commonwealth country, providing they are a citizen of a Commonwealth country.
- Entrants must be aged 18 years or over on 1 November 2018.
- All entries will be accepted at the discretion of the Commonwealth Foundation which will exercise its judgement, in consultation with the prize chair, in ruling on questions of eligibility. The ruling of the chair on questions of eligibility is final, and no further correspondence will be entered into.
- Entries from previous overall winners of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize are not eligible. Entries from previous regional winners are eligible.
- Entries from current members of staff at the Commonwealth Foundation are not eligible.
- Entries must be unpublished and remain unpublished in any language until 1 May 2019
Opening date: 1 September 2018
Closing date: Entries must be submitted via the online entry form by 1 November 2018 (11.59pm in any time zone)