The shortlist for the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is out, and three writers from Africa are in the running for this year’s award. Adelehin Ijasan from Nigeria, Michelle Sacks from South Africa, and Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi from Uganda made the shortlist joining 16 other writers.
The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is an annual award for unpublished short fiction selected from the five regions of the Commonwealth – Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5,000 and the remaining four regional winners £2,500.
Nearly 4,000 writers entered this year’s award, including for the first time, entrants from the Cayman Islands, Mozambique, Swaziland and Tonga.
The regional winners will be announced on May 14 and the overall winner will be announced on June 13 in Kampala, Uganda.
Congratulations and best wishes to Ijasan, Sacks and Makumbi.