The Commonwealth Foundation has announced changes to its writing prizes, effectively eliminating its annual book prize. Under the changes, the Foundation will now concentrate only on the short story competition.
Ellah Allfrey, Deputy Chair of the Council of the Caine Prize and previously Deputy Editor of Granta and Senior Editor at Jonathan Cape, Random House, will chair the The 2014 Commonwealth Short Story prize.
The Short Story Prize enables writers to enter from countries where there is little or no publishing industry. Authors writing in languages other than English are also able to enter stories translated into English. The Prize unearths and promotes the best new writing from across the Commonwealth, developing literary connections worldwide.
The Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2000-5000 words). Regional winners of the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £2,500 and the Overall Winner will receive £5,000. Translators will receive additional prize money.
The 2014 Short Story Prize will open for entry on 1 October 2013 and close on 30 November 2013. Entry rules and information are available on the Commonwealth Prize site. The judges, who reflect the five regions of the Commonwealth, will be announced on 1 October.