The Commonwealth Writers Prize 2014 is open for business! Apologies for the yelling and everything. The thing is that I was looking online when I stumbled on this one and was quite happy. The prize opened on 1st October and will be open until 30th November.
So what is the Commonwealth Writers prize. Its a short story prize established in 1987 by the Commonwealth Foundation awarded to established and new writers across the Commonwealth. With Kenyans and their love of short stories this one is a slam dunk surely?
You can get to join previous winners like this year which had Julian Jackson representing Africa, Michael Mendis representing Asia, Eliza Robertson representing Canada and Europe, Sharon Millar representing the Carribean and Zoe Maeger representing the Pacific.
If you want to try and enter please go to the official entry website to for the rules and to check if you are eligible. If you are Kenyan, you are eligible. Just write your story of 2,000-5000 words story on whatever topic and pray.
The judging panel for the awards include Doreen Baingana, Michelle de Kretser, Marlon James, Courttia Newland and Jeet Thayil presenting the five regions of the Commonwealth: Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, the Caribbean, and the Pacific.
If you are lucky, you could win UK pounds 2,500 and up to UK pounds 5,000 for the winner of the big prize. Translators of winning stories will receive additional prize money. Hurry hurry while stocks last!