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Commonwealth Short Story Competition


First prize of £2,000

Special and Regional prizes of £500


The Commonwealth Short Story Competition is an annual scheme to promote new creative writing, funded and administered by the Commonwealth Foundation and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association. Each year around 25 winning and highly commended stories from the different regions of the Commonwealth are recorded on to CDs and broadcast on radio stations across the Commonwealth.


Anyone aged 19 or over who is a citizen of a Commonwealth country can enter, whether a professional or amateur writer. Stories should be original, unpublished, written in English and no more than 600 words long. Only one entry may be submitted per person. Commonwealth citizens who are 18 or under can enter the Commonwealth Essay Competition.


In addition to the first prize and four regional prizes, this year there will be special prizes for the best story for children and the best story concerning Science, Technology and Society, the Commonwealth Day theme for 2010.


Entries will be accepted via an online application form on the Commonwealth Foundation’s website after 15 February.

There is no entry fee.


Closing date for receipt of entries: 31 March 2010

Further information here


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