Now in its seventh year, the Prize is for the best piece of unpublished short fiction in English. 24 outstanding stories from fourteen countries have been selected by an international judging panel from 5182 entries from 48 Commonwealth countries.

Chair of the judges, novelist and short story writer Sarah Hall, said of this year’s shortlist:

‘The versatility and power of the short story is abundantly clear in this shortlist. With such a range of subject, style, language and imagination, it is clear what a culturally important and relevant form it is, facilitating many different creative approaches, many voices and versions of life.

With a panel of judges also spanning the globe there was a sense of depth and breadth to the selection process, and each commonwealth region showcases the very best of its traditions, adaptations, and contemporary approaches.

This is such a great, unique prize, one that seeks to uphold both literary community and particularity, crossing borders with the ambition of collating our common and unique stories. It is an enormous pleasure, and illuminating, to have been part of the reading process’. 

The Prize is judged by an international panel of writers, representing each of the five regions of the Commonwealth. The 2018 judges are Damon Galgut (Africa), Sunila Galappatti (Asia), Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm (Canada and Europe), Mark McWatt (Caribbean) and Paula Morris (Pacific).

Here is the list for 2018

‘Dancing with Ma’, Harriet Anena (Uganda)

‘Matalasi’, Jenny Bennett-Tuionetoa (Samoa)

‘An Elephant in Kingston’Marcus Bird (Jamaica)

‘Tahiti’Brendan Bowles (Canada)

‘Ghillie’s Mum’, Lynda Clark (United Kingdom)

‘Goat’Sally Craythorne (United Kingdom)

‘The Divine Pregnancy in a Twelve-Year-Old Woman’,Sagnik Datta (India)

‘Soundtracker’, Christopher Evans (Canada)

‘Passage’, Kevin Jared Hosein (Trinidad and Tobago)

‘Jyamitik Zadukor (The Geometric Wizard) by Imran Khan(Bangladesh),
translated by Arunava Sinha

‘Talk of The Town’, Fred Khumalo (South Africa)

‘Night Fishing’, Karen Kwek (Singapore)

‘Nobody’s Wife’, Chris Mansell (Australia)

‘The Boss’, Breanne Mc Ivor (Trinidad and Tobago)

‘Holding On, Letting Go’, Sandra Norsen (Australia)

‘Empathy’Cheryl Ntumy (Ghana)

‘A Girl Called Wednesday’, Kritika Pandey (India)

‘Chicken Boy’, Lynne Robertson (New Zealand)

‘Hitler Hates You’, Michelle Sacks (South Africa)

‘After the Fall’, James Smart (United Kingdom)

‘Son Son’s Birthday’, Sharma Taylor (Jamaica)

‘Berlin Lends a Hand’, Jonathan Tel (United Kingdom)

‘True Happiness’Efua Traoré (Nigeria)

‘Juju’Obi Umeozor (Nigeria)


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