Win £5,000 in the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2022 (18 years and above)

Are you above 18 and from a commonwealth country?

Then submit a short story in the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2022 for a chance to win £5,000 and an amazing opportunity to be published by the Grants magazine.

Application Deadline: November 1 2021


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


  • The prize is free to enter and open to any citizen of a Commonwealth country who is aged 18 and over.  It is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words). 
  • 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.

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About the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2022

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize started in 2012 with the launch of Commonwealth Writers.

Free to enter and with a global reach across five continents, the Prize seeks out talented writers and brings stories from new and emerging voices to an international audience.

Stories often come from countries with little or no publishing infrastructure and from places that are marked by geographical, geopolitical or economic isolation.

The Prize attracts between 5,000 and 6,000 entries each year from almost all of the 54 countries of the Commonwealth. It is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction. It is open to citizens from all Commonwealth countries, aged 18 and over.

You don’t need an agent, just an internet connection to submit your unpublished story of 2000-5000 words. Entry is always free and stories can be submitted in Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Greek, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Tamil and Turkish, and in translation into English from any language.

The 2022 Prize will open for submissions from 1 September 2021. Submissions should be made via the online entry form which will be available on the website between 1 September 2021 and 1 November 2021. The eligibility and entry guidelines can be found here.

Key Dates and Order of Program

Deadline for application is November 1 2021

  • The Prize is judged by an international panel of writers, comprising a chair and five judges, one from each of the Commonwealth regions – Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. The panel select a shortlist of around twenty stories, from which five regional winners are chosen. Each regional winner receives £2,500, and their story is published online on Granta, the magazine of new writing. One of the regional winners is then selected as the overall winner, who receives £5,000 – one of the highest amounts for an international prize for unpublished short stories.

Past Winners

Kritika Pandey, overall winner of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

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