Commonwealth Short Story competition accepting entries in Maltese for first time

This is owing to a partnership with the book council in Malta.

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is accepting entries from Maltese authors, in English and in Malta, until November 1 thanks to a partnership with the Malta Book Council. The competition is administered by the Commonwealth Foundation and is open to citizens of all Commonwealth countries aged 18 and over and is free to enter.

Now in its 13th year, the prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words). The five regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000.

In addition to English and Maltese, submissions are accepted in Bengali, Chinese, Creole, French, Greek, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Swahili, Tamil, and Turkish. Stories that have been translated into English from any language are also accepted and the translator of any story that wins (regional or overall) also receives prize money.

The five regional winning stories are published online by the literary magazine Granta and in a special print collection from Paper + Ink. The shortlisted stories are published in the Foundation’s online literary magazine. The prize has a growing reputation for discovering and elevating new talent and offers equal opportunity to unpublished writers to give them recognition alongside more established practitioners. Past winners of the prize have gone on to win other literary competitions as well as secure agents and book deals.

Entry details are avaiable here.

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