Shortlist for Commonwealth Short Story Prize released

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The 2017 Commonwealth Short Story prize has released its 21-man shortlist after a rigorous process involving the screening of over 6,000 submissions from all over the world.

Two Nigerians made the list: Akwaeke Emezi, 2015 Miles Morland scholar, 2015 Wasafiri New Writing Prize shortlisted writer and recipient of a 2017 Global Arts Fund; and Kelechi Njoku, West Africa Regional Prize winner of the 2014 Writivism Short Story Competition. They were both shortlisted for their stories, “WWho is Like God?” and “By Way of a Life Plot” respectively.

Kamila Shamsie, the chair of the judges,in a statememtn accompanying the shortlist, said:

“The extraordinary ability of the short story to plunge you into places, perspectives and emotions and inhabit them fully in the space of only a few pages is on dazzling display in this shortlist. The judges weren’t looking for particular themes or styles, but rather for stories that live and breathe. That they do so with such an impressive range of subject matter and tone has been a particular pleasure of re-reading the shortlisted stories. The geographic spread of the entries is, of course, in good part responsible for this range – all credit to Commonwealth Writers for structuring this prize so that its shortlists never seem parochial.”

All shortlisted writers stand a chance to win £5,000.

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