Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2024: A Celebration of Unpublished Fiction Talent

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Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2024
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Dive into the realm of literary exploration with the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2024, recognizing emerging voices and unparalleled imagination in short fiction.


The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is a flagship initiative by the Commonwealth Foundation, designed to unearth, support, and give a platform to unpublished short fiction writers from Commonwealth countries. Serving as a voice for authors who bring to life an array of cultural experiences, this annual competition celebrates stories that amplify diversity and commonality.

General Eligibility Requirement:

  • Open to citizens of any of the 54 Commonwealth countries.
  • Submissions should be previously unpublished short stories, written in English or English translation.
  • Maximum word count of 5,000 words.

Geographic Focus: Targeting writers from all 54 Commonwealth countries, fostering a sense of unity and shared heritage.


  • Overall winner receives £5,000.
  • Five regional winners each awarded £2,500.
  • Global recognition and a platform to showcase their literary prowess.

Application Page URL: Complete submission guidelines and additional details can be accessed at: Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2024

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