Commonwealth Foundation: Prizes and Publishing

The Commonwealth foundation modernised the twenty-five-year-old Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the more recent Commonwealth Short Story Competition and launched two new awards in their place:  the Commonwealth Book Prize and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
According to a Commonwealth foundation newsletter, the shortlists for both prizes will be announced on 24 April. On 22 May, the five regional winners for each prize will be disclosed. From those regional winners, two overall winners will be selected, one for the Commonwealth Book Prize and one for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
global partnership between Commonwealth Writers and The two overall winners will be announced at the Hay Festival.on 8 June. The prizes will be presented by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and the winners will be talking to Harriett Gilbert about their work.
You’re also welcome to visit the Publishing Portal . There is a dedicated page for each Commonwealth country. An interactive map reflects the latest research. This initiative seeks to initiate discussions as well as to give everyone a platform on which to share opinions and ideas. The forum will be used to explore publishing solutions, which could help create a fairer and more accessible publishing landscape for writers and readers.
There’ll be a publishing debate at the Hay Festival. At The Literary Consultancy in London, there will also be an examination of international perspectives on publishing on Saturday 9 June. This event will be chaired by Ellah Allfrey, deputy editor of Granta.
For more information: Visit the Commonwealth Writers website.

Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam

Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam writes prose fiction and creative non-fiction. She is the founder of Her first novella, Finding Love Again was published by Ankara Press. Her second novella, The Heiress' Bodyguard was shortlisted for the Saraba Manuscript Awards. She currently works as content marketer for various online businesses. You can follow her at @cwritingnws.

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