Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2023 for unpublished short fiction (£5,000 Prize)

Deadline: 1 November 2022

Deadline: 1 November 2022

Apply now for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2023!

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is an annual award for unpublished short fiction administered and funded by the Commonwealth Foundation. The prize covers the Commonwealth regions of Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean and Pacific.

The international judging panel comprises one judge from each of the five regions. Please note that while the entries will be judged regionally, all judges will read and deliberate on entries from all regions. During Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2023, there will be five winners, one from each region. One regional winner will be selected as the overall winner.

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


  • All citizens of all Commonwealth countries (full list here). It does not matter where you live as long as you are a citizen of a Commonwealth country.
  • Should you be successful, you will need to prove confirmation of citizenship. Holders of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)cardsare not eligible, unless they also hold a passport from a Commonwealth member country.
  • Dual citizens are eligible as long as one of the countries is a member of the Commonwealth
  • The prize is open to all citizens aged 18 and over.
  • The story must be between 2,000 and 5,000 words, the title does not count towards the word limit
  • As well as English, stories are accepted in the Bengali, Chinese, Creole, French, Greek, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Tamil and Turkish languages. Translated entries from any language into English are also eligible. If the winning story is a translation, the translator receives additional prize money.
  • You will see a confirmation page with a reference number when you have successfully submitted your short story.
  • If you experience any problems with submission please email:

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For further information visit commonwealth writers

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