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The 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is open for submissions. An initiative of Commonwealth Writers, the Prize recognizes the best piece of unpublished short fiction between 2,000 and 5,000 words in English. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000. The five winning stories will be published online by Granta.

Translated entries are eligible. If the winning story is in translation, the translator receives additional prize money.

There is no entry fee. The deadline for submissions is 1 November 2019.

Previous winners of the prize’s Africa region category include Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Jekwu Anyaegbuna, and Efua Traore.

For eligibility and submissions guidelines, visit the prize page on Commonwealthwriters.org.

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Chukwuebuka Ibeh is a Staff Writer at Brittle Paper. His works have appeared in McSweeneys, the Charles River Journal, Clarion Review and elsewhere. An alumnus of the Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop, his works have earned him nominations for the Awele Creative Trust Award and the Gerald Kraak Prize in 2017 and 2019 respectively. In 2019, he was named by Electric Literature as one of the Most Promising New Voices of Nigerian Fiction, with an introduction by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. He is a stringer for the New England Review of Books and lives in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

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