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The 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is open for entries. An initiative of Commonwealth Writers, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize is “for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000 – 5,000 words) in English.” Stories translated into English are eligible.

Regional winners will receive £2,500 while the overall winner receives £5,000. The five winning stories from the 2018 competition will be published online by Granta.

The 2017 prize for Africa Region was won by Nigeria’s Akwaeke Emezi, having shortlisted, alongside her, South Africa’s Diane Awerbuck and Nigeria’s Kelechi Njoku.

The deadline for submission is 1 November 2017.

Submit HERE.

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he is a judge for The Gerald Kraak Prize and was a judge for The Morland Writing Scholarship in 2019. He is Nonfiction Editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is Curator at The Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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