The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is an annual award for unpublished short fiction administered and funded by the Commonwealth Foundation.
The story should be adult fiction and must not have been written for children alone. There are no restrictions on setting, genre or theme.
Entries must be 2,000 words minimum, 5,000 words maximum.
Entries should be submitted in English, with the following exceptions: entries from Commonwealth citizens who write in Bengali, Chinese, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan and Tamil and who do not have an English translation of their story, may submit their stories in the original language.
There will be five winners, one from each region (Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean, Pacific).
One regional winner will be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5,000 and the remaining four regional winners £2,500.