Commonwealth Short Story Prize Writing Contest 2023 for Unpublished Short Fiction (£15,000 in Cash Prize).

Deadline: 1st of November, 2022

The Commonwealth Foundation manages and finances the annual Commonwealth Short Story Prize, which is given to unpublished short stories. Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Pacific are the regions of the Commonwealth that are included in the reward. (For a list of nations in each region, see Section 5).


  • Entrants must be citizens of a Commonwealth country–please see Section 5 for the list of Commonwealth countries–or stateless persons currently living in a Commonwealth country.
  • The Commonwealth Foundation will request verification of citizenship status before winners are selected. Entries from citizens of non-Commonwealth countries are not eligible.
  • For country of citizenship will judge regional, entries. Where the writer has dual citizenship (of two Commonwealth countries), they will judge the entry in the region where the writer is permanently resident.
  • There is no requirement for the writer to have a current residence in a Commonwealth country, providing that they are a citizen of a Commonwealth country.
  • They must age entrants 18 years or over on 1 November 2022.
  • They will accept all entries 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 they will enter no further correspondence 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  • Entries must be unpublished and remain unpublished in any language until 1 May 2023.


  • Regional winners each receive £2,500 and the opportunity to be published online by Granta magazine, and the overall winner receives £5,000.

Entry rules
the original author must make a. Entries, including those in translation.
b. Entries will only be accepted via the online entry form.
c. The deadline for receipt of entries is 1 November 2022 (11.59pm in any time zone).
d. Only one entry per writer they may submit each year for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
e. The story must be the entrant’s own work
f. The story must be original work and should not have been published anywhere, in full or in part, in any language, before 1 May 2023. Published work is taken to mean published in any printed, publicly accessible form, e.g. anthology, magazine, newspaper. It is also taken to mean published online, except for personal blogs, personal websites and personal Facebook pages.
g. Entries previously submitted to the Commonwealth Short Story Prize are not eligible.
h. Entries should be submitted in English, with the following exceptions: entries from Commonwealth citizens who write in Bengali, Chinese, Creole, French, Greek, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Tamil and Turkish and who do not have an English translation of their story,
may submit their stories in the original language. English translations of short stories written in other languages are eligible if submitted by the writer (not the translator) and provided that the translator is also a citizen of a Commonwealth country.
i. Simultaneous submissions are eligible as long as the entrant informs the organisers (via immediately should the story be accepted for publication elsewhere or selected for a prize.
j. Entries must be 2,000 words minimum, 5,000 words maximum (not including title).

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Oyin Olufayo

Oyin Olufayo is a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate. A recent graduate of The School of Politics, Policy, and Governance (SPPG) She is a Technical Writer, Political Writer, and a Content Writer. Her passion for sustainable development goals has been implemented by creating tangible solutions. She has featured in grassroots initiatives like TedX, World Literacy Foundation, Spur Nation Media, FRCN, Naija Law and etc. spreading the impact of Sustainable education, and also facilitated numerous events regarding SDGs.

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